The Lake Monster That Predates Nessie
A review of The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster, by Robert E. Bartholomew.
Fifty Popular Mistaken Beliefs
“Harrison doesn’t use a condescending approach, something skeptics are often accused of using in addressing irrational believers and in challenging and debunking paranormal claims. Instead Harrison humbly acknowledges the cultural universality of unreason. . . .”
A Book Not for the Faint of Heart
A review of Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium, by Mark Edward.
Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement
A review of Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution, by Edward Caudill.
How to Think about Appealing Claims
A review of Think: Why You Should Question Everything, by Guy P. Harrison.
Do You Believe in Magic?
A review of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul Offit, MD.
Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review
We very likely have Katie Holmes to thank for the timing of this latest crop of books on Scientology, the belief system so notably promoted by her ex-husband, Tom Cruise. Yes, at least two of these authors have been researching their books for many years, but for promotional opportunities you can’t beat a good celebrity crack-up.
The Parameters of Pseudoscience
Skeptics often say they are trying to expose pseudoscience, but in reality we tend to use this term loosely. Creationism, homeopathy, alternative medicine, and cold fusion are clearly pseudoscientific, but what about ancient aliens, UFOs, alien abductions, Bigfoot, crystals, the Moon hoax, and many other claims investigated in the pages of the Skeptical Inquirer?
Flawed Look at Monsters
The intent of Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite is to provide scientific explanations for various monsters found in historical legend and literature up through the monsters of today as seen, mostly, in film. Had Kaplan succeeded in this task, he would have produced an exciting and interesting book.