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Benjamin Radford 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 six books and over a thousand articles on skepticism, critical thinking, and science literacy. His newest book is The Martians Have Landed: A History of Media Panics and Hoaxes. Radford is also a columnist for Discovery News and LiveScience.com.

How Global Warming Creates Monsters

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 8, 2010
Benjamin Radford reveals an interesting link between Bigfoot and global warming. From his upcoming book on the chupacabra.

Valuing Solutions Over Problems, Explanations Over Mysteries

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 30, 2010
A brief discussion about the nature of mysteries and the value in finding their solutions

Blog on psychic detectives riles the believers—especially those who don’t read carefully

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 17, 2010
A Discovery News blog results in a poster's reply that seems to prove that psychic detectives are real!

Psychics: Be a Hero, Save Lives, and Earn $2 Million!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 8, 2010
$2 million and hero status awaits any psychics who can solve Toyota's problems

Ghost Hunters International Team Finds Evidence of Fictional Character’s Ghost!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 24, 2010
Ghost Hunters International Team Finds Evidence of Fictional Character’s Ghost!
Ghost Hunters International team finds evidence of a ghost of a woman who never existed

Another Real-World Example of Eyewitness Unreliability

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 19, 2010
If you think eyewitness reports are accurate, you otter read this.

Texas Police Blotter: Drunk Man “Running from Chupacabra”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 15, 2010
Police near Abilene, Texas, who responded to a prowler report found a drunk man "running from a chupacabra."

New Chupacabra Documentary: More Speculation than Investigation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 5, 2010
Radford reviews early footage of a film on the chupacabra monster, finding more speculation than investigation.

Another Cancer Hoaxer Preys on Goodwill

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 1, 2010
Another tragic story of battling a horrible disease turns out to be made up—either for profit or simply attention.

Charles Darwin and his Father Debunk Spiritualists and Psychics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 21, 2010
In several of Darwin's letters, he described the skepticism he and his father shared over paranormal claims

Review of “Creation” New Film about Darwin

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 19, 2010
Benjamin Radford reviews Creation, the new film about Charles Darwin

A Plea for Any Real Psychics to Help Haiti

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 14, 2010
A plea for any real psychics to help save lives in earthquake-devastated Haiti

The Link Between Astrology and Prejudice

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 11, 2010
Astrology and racism are very similar in some disturbing ways

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Hyperbaric Therapy for Autism: Airy Promises

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Skeptical Inquiree

With the recent news that autism cases are on the rise, I'm sure the number of dubious "treatments" are increasing as well...

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Latest Texas ‘Chupacabra’ Exhibited in Creationist Museum

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

News & Comment

In August 2009 a man in the small town of Blanco, Texas, heard something attacking chickens in his cousin's barn.

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Cryptozoology Museum Opens in Maine

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

News & Comment

Fans of Bigfoot, Ogopopo, the chupacabra, and other "mystery creatures" will finally have a place to see their favorite beasts—albeit in absentia.

Creation: A Cinematic Look at Charles Darwin

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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The new film Creation, which opens January 22, tells the true story of the circumstances surrounding Charles Darwin's crowning creation...

2012: Not a Complete Disaster

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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2012: Not a Complete Disaster

One might be excused for wondering what, exactly, German director Roland Emmerich has against the United States...

Why aren’t America’s psychics helping keep us safe?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 28, 2009
Benjamin Radford wonders why America's psychics aren't interested in protecting innocent lives from terrorism.

The “Climategate” Conspiracy Theories

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 14, 2009
The global conspiracy to cover up the “real” scientific evidence about climate change now includes the Associated Press

African Albinos Murdered for Witchcraft

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 8, 2009
“What’s the harm in believing in magic?” How about ten year old albino boy hacked to death for his limbs?

Jesus’s Face (Or at least one version of it) Appears in Clothing Iron

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 1, 2009
A Massachusetts woman, saw an image of Jesus in burn residue on an iron. But was it really Jesus?

Ghost Hunters’  Unscientific, Win- Win Approach

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 30, 2009
Most amateur ghost hunting groups approach "investigation" so they can't be proved wrong

Hollywood Hyperbole: Michael Jackon’s death “brought entire world to stunned halt”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 10, 2009
Jackson's sudden death "brought the entire world to a stunned halt." Seriously?

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The Myth of the Walking Tree

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

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While on a tour of the rainforest during a recent vacation, our guide showed us a tree with a very unusual root system.

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Psychic Exploits Horrific Abduction Case

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

In 1991, a young girl named Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped on her way to school. No one knew the girl's fate for eighteen years...

Editor’s Note

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Online Extra

There are, of course, dozens more skeptics out there whose names may be slightly less familiar but whose contributions...

News coverage of Calif gang-rape victim: “Church Going Honor Student”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 29, 2009
"The victim of a brutal gang rape... was a devout Christian" I guess it's a good thing that she wasn't an atheist?

Omnipotent Deity Powerless Against Flu

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 28, 2009
Apparently even the very blood of Jesus Christ himself is not immune from contagion by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

New Shroud of Turin Claims

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 13, 2009
An Italian scientist and his team claim to have replicated the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus

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