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Benjamin Radford, M.Ed., is a scientific paranormal investigator, a research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, and author or co-author of seven books and over a thousand articles on skepticism, critical thinking, and science literacy. His newest book is Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment. Radford is also a columnist for Discovery News and LiveScience.com.

JREF $1 Million Challenge Delights and Amuses Psychic Carla Baron

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 29, 2011

Carla Baron, who claims to have psychic powers, is not interested in getting James Randi’s $1 million prize for proving her abilities, but she does find it “endlessly amusing.”

False Rape Claim Sinks Real Rape Case

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 24, 2011

Rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn were dropped yesterday; the wealthy French banker had been accused of raping a housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, in an upscale Manhattan hotel in May. The accused didn’t even have to defend himself in this case; instead the accuser’s lies caused her case to implode.

Fright Night: The Vampire Genre That Won’t Die

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 13, 2011

A remake of the cult classic vampire film Fright Night comes to theaters. 

Amy Winehouse Finally in Rehab

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 29, 2011

Amy Winehouse, the London singer who died last week and famously sang that she wouldn’t go to rehab, is finally in rehab. It’s too late for Winehouse, of course, but her image has been in rehabilitation mode since news broke of her death. 

UFOs Videotaped Over London?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 4, 2011

I recently provided an analysis of a UFO video that was allegedly shot in London, England. The piece appeared on CBS News, Fox News, Yahoo News, The Free Republic, and elsewhere. Reactions to my UFO video analysis were interesting: Many people thought I was obviously wrong; some thought I was obviously right, and a small handful gave compliments. Such is the life of a professional science-based investigator. 

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The Mysterious Morgellons Malady

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Skeptical Inquiree

Most doctors believe that Morgellons is a type of psychiatric disorder called delusional parasitosis, in which patients come to believe ...

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Debunking the Trauma Myth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Book Review

A review of The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children—and Its Aftermath by Susan A. Clancy.

Carla Baron Complains About Fake Psychics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 11, 2011
A high-profile psychic failure last week has many psychics, including Carla Baron, complaining about the damage done by 'fake' psychics. Baron is also concerned that America is in the midst of a modern Salem Witch Trial. 

Urban Legend Come Alive: Mom Cooks Baby in Oven

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 19, 2011
Baby in Oven Urban Legend Comes True- Kind Of

Weird Bogus UFO Videos—and Their Defenders

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 10, 2011
A curious exchange with a UFO believer who didn't like my skeptical analysis.

Real-time, Real-Life Abduction Tests Psychics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 15, 2011
A Tennessee woman was abducted yesterday, and dozens of psychics are on the case. How will they do?

The Great Chupacabra Memory Experiment & Contest

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 23, 2011
The Great Chupacabra Memory Experiment & Contest
Dozens of people remember hearing about the chupacabra decades ago: truth or false memory?

Public Reactions to the Chupacabra Solution

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 22, 2011
Public Reactions to the Chupacabra Solution
I solved the mystery of el chupacabra and I was curious to see what the public's reaction would be...

New Skeptical Cryptozoology Books!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 8, 2011
2011 and 2012 will bring more skeptical books on monsters than ever before....

Infrared Cameras and Ghost Hunting

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.6, November/December 2010

Skeptical Inquiree

More often than not, infrared cameras create false-positive readings that amateur ghost hunters mistake for ghostly activity.

Ghost-Hunting Mistakes: Science and Pseudoscience in Ghost Investigations

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.6, November/December 2010

Ghost-Hunting  Mistakes: Science  and Pseudoscience in Ghost Investigations

There are thousands of amateur ghost hunters around the world whose techniques are modeled after hit cable television shows such as Ghost Hunters, which...

‘Power Balance’ Bands Shown Worthless

Online Extras
February 4, 2011
‘Power Balance’ Bands Shown Worthless

Power Balance bracelets achieved global popularity, in part because they were embraced by a parade of celebrities.

A Closer Look at a Famous Study Linking TV Exposure to Eating Disorders

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 26, 2011
A Closer Look at a Famous Study Linking TV Exposure to Eating Disorders
A widely-cited 2002 study of girls in Fiji is said to have found good evidence that TV can lead to eating disorders. Does it?

How the Media Mystify Tragedy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 18, 2011
The press, politicians, and pundits needlessly mystify national tragedies like the Tucson shooting.

Richard Saunders Helps Expose ‘Power Balance’ Bands

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 11, 2011
Australian skeptic Richard Saunders discusses his role in exposing the "Power Balance" bands

Mass Media, Eating Disorders, and Research

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 28, 2010
Skepchick Rebecca Watson believes some eating disorder researchers were misquoted. Were they?

Family of Missing Canadian Woman Seeks Help from Sylvia Browne

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 13, 2010
Another desperate family seeks help from a psychic; history suggests they will be disappointed.

The Mysterious Invisible ‘Rods’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Skeptical Inquiree

Q: I’ve been told there are small creatures called rods—which are shaped like, well, rods—that fly so fast they’re invisible. Is there any truth to this?

Investigating UFO Mysteries Not Without Risk

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 9, 2010
Solving a UFO Mystery Is Not Without Risk

Film Review of Hereafter: Ghosts, Mediums, and Near-Death Experience

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 19, 2010
Film Review of Hereafter: Ghosts, Mediums, and Near-Death Experience
Clint Eastwood's new film Hereafter, about ghosts, mediums, and the afterlife, gets it mostly wrong.

Skeptical of ‘Secretariat’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 20, 2010
Skeptical of  ‘Secretariat’
A new Disney film about courage and heart features a freak racehorse...

Skeptracking at Dragon*Con 2010

September 17, 2010

Amid the bizarre costumes and assorted geekery, the skeptic’s track drew sizeable crowds...

Dragon*Con 2010 and a Call for Investigation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 16, 2010
Investigation is only part of skepticism, but it is a vital part. Hopefully future conferences will include more investigation.

Top 5 Surreal Moments at Dragon*Con

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 10, 2010
Dragon*Con was a great time, but five experiences in particular have stuck with me as being especially surreal.

Is it Possible to Study the ‘Paranormal’?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 18, 2010
A question from the public: How does an investigator study subjects never proven to exist?

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