answers to Letters to Editor,
41:5, p 64-5, Sep/Oct 2017
41:3, p. 40-43, May/Jun 2017
The Story of the Gene Book review of The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, 41:1, p. 59-61. Jan/Feb 2017.
My Personal Odyssey in Skepticism, 40:6, p.37-8, Nov/Dec 2016
Hallucination or Revelation? Book review of God: An Autobiography by Jerry
L. Martin, 40:3, p. 60-62. May/June 2016
Stick It In Your Ear!
How Not To Do Science, 40:3, p. 51-53. May/June 2016
Psychology and Psychotherapy: How Much is Evidence-Based? Book review of Psychology
Gone Wrong, 39:4, p. 59-61, Jul/Aug 2015
Scientific Response to Chemophobia Book review of 100 Chemical Myths, 39:3, p. 57-58. May/June 2015
Philosophy Meets Medicine Book review: Medical Philosophy by Mario Bunge, 38:1, Jan/Feb 2014,
Two Views of the War on Cancer. A review of
the books Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health and The Emperor
of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Skeptical Inquirer 35:3, May/June 2011, p. 56-7.
Defending Isagenix: A Case Study in Flawed Thinking Do those who comment on a blog even read
the articles they are responding to? Here is a case study in emotional thinking, ad hominem arguments, logical fallacies, irrationality, and imsinformation. Skeptical Inquirer 35:1, Jan/Feb 2011, p.41-45.
Balance Technology Carrying a Power Balance card in your
pocket will supposedly improve your athletic performance and cure what ails you. The alleged mechanism ("frequencies"
in an embedded hologram) is laughable pseudoscientific bunk. Skeptical Inquirer 34:3 p. 47-49. May/June 2010.
The One True Cause of All Disease Alternative practitioners constantly
claim that conventional medicine treats only symptoms while they treat underlying causes. They've got it backwards. Skeptical
Inquirer 34:1, p. 33-35. January/February 2010.
"Playing by the Rules" It is useless
for skeptics to argue with someone who doesn't play by the rules of science and reason. If no amount of evidence will change
your opponent's mind, you are wasting your breath. Skeptical Inquirer 33:3, p. 42-44. May/June 2009.
“We Couldn’t Say It in Print If It Wasn’t True”: Akavar’s Version
of Truth in Advertising.
An ad for a weight-loss product falsifies its own slogan by printing outright lies.
An attempt to find the advertised “published research” becomes a surreal odyssey. Skeptical Inquirer, 32:5,
46-9. Sep/Oct 2008.
Gary Schwartz’s Energy Healing Experiments: The Emperor’s
New Clothes? Gary Schwartz
says his experiments reveal our natural power to heal based on our ability to sense and manipulate human energy fields.
Has he discovered scientific truths, or has he only demonstrated the human talent for self-deception? Skeptical
Inquirer, 32:2, 47-51. Mar/Apr 2008.
Masaru Emoto’s Wonderful World of Water. It can read,
listen to music, hear your thoughts, heal you, and create world peace. Skeptical Inquirer, 31:6, 49-51, 69. Nov/Dec
Fix Your Ruptured Disk without Surgery?: The Truth behind the Ads.
A chiropractor makes impressive claims for a device to decompress the spine; the claims fail to stand up to
scrutiny, but do provide some amusement. Skeptical Inquirer, 31:5, 47-9,69. Sep/Oct 2007. http://www.livescience.com/health/070927_skeptical_back_pain.html
Critical Chiropractor, Inept Publisher. Book review
of The P.R.E.S.T.O.N. Protocol for Back Pain: The Seven Evidence-Based Practices for Living Pain Free, by
Preston H. Long. Skeptical Inquirer, 30:6, 56-7. Nov/Dec 2006. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2843/is_6_30/ai_n27049866
Teaching Pigs to Sing: An Experiment in Bringing Critical Thinking
to the Masses.
A skeptic encounters psychics, astrologers, and other strange creatures and discovers firsthand how they react
to science and reason. Included: a fable about testing the Tooth Fairy. Skeptical Inquirer, 30:3, 36-9. May/Jun
2006. Spanish translation of Tooth Fairy fable
Andrew Weil: Harvard Hatched a Gullible Guru. Book review of Natural
Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-care for Optimum Health, by Andrew Weil.
Skeptical Inquirer, 30:1, 56-7/ Jan/Feb 2006. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2843/is_1_30/ai_n26718255
Blind Spots, Brain Maps, and Backaches: A New Chiropractic Delusion.
A new test that measures the size of the blind spot to detect altered brain function and correct it with chiropractic
adjustments is a house of cards built on flawed logic and one unbelieveable experiment. Skeptical Inquirer,
28:6, 43-6. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2843/is_6_28/ai_n6361833
Oxygen is Good - Even When It's Not There. Alternative
medicine's claims for the efficacy of supplemental oxygen are less than convincing - especially when the supplement contains
no oxygen. Skeptical Inquirer, 28:1, 48-50,55. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2843/is_1_28/ai_111897968/pg_1
Wired to the Kitchen Sink: Studying Weird
Claims for Fun and Profit. An evaluation of Dr. John Upledger's craniosacral therapy
illustrates an exercise proposed for skeptics to develop critical thinking and a bettter understanding of human psychology.
Skeptical Inquirer, 27:3, 46-8. May/June 2003. http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/cranial2.html