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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.

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

Online Extra

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

Skeptical Inquiree

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

New Canadian Lake Monster on Vancouver Island?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 27, 2009
A Canadian researcher, in cooperation with the local tourism board, looks for a lake monster

Psychic Detectives’ Failure Lets Killer Escape Death Penalty

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 21, 2009
Over 500 self-proclaimed psychics gave information about a missing woman; if any had been right, a killer would get justice.

Patrick Swayze and the Fallacy of Dying Celebrity Wisdom

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 17, 2009
Why do the public and news media think that dying celebrities have special wisdom about life and death?

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The Last Laugh

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Humor

Eight Weird Psychic Comments Overheard at a Singles Bar

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Modern-Day DaVinci’s ROM: Range of Motion or Rip Off Machine?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

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A supposedly revolutionary (and remarkably expensive) exercise machine called the ROM makes amazing claims in advertisements.

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Exercising the Brain Gym

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

What can you tell me about the Brain Gym? It seems to make all sorts of amazing claims and is apparently very popular...

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New Champ Lake Monster Video Surfaces

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

In May, new video footage of Champ, the monster said to inhabit Vermont's Lake Champlain, was release on YouTube...

A Skeptic’s Visit to Mythical Macchu Picchu

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.3, September 2009

A Skeptic’s Visit to Mythical Macchu Picchu

Hard-headed types like scientists and skeptical investigators are often seen as dour debunkers, devoid of magic and awe...

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