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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.

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

Article

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...

The Last Days of Heath Ledger—So What?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 11, 2009
Why would anyone think that an accounting of the last few days of Heath Ledger’s life would be important?

The Transience of Hip

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 29, 2009
A look at the "Must" list of a popular pop culture magazine from 2005 sheds perspective on fleeting fame

Skeptical MonsterScience.org Web site & Podcast Launched!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 14, 2009
A new educational Web site about the science of monsters is now available: MonsterScience.org.

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The Deadwood Ghost Photo

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

"My brother and I stayed at the historic Franklin Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota. I'm not a big believer in the paranormal..."

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Borneo’s River Monster Photo: Living Legend or Hoax?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

In February, two photographs of a huge snake-like creature allegedly taken in Borneo made international news.

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CSI Solves New Jersey UFO Mystery

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

Strange, bright red lights appeared over Morris County, New Jersey, on January 5, 2009. They were first noticed in the night...

CFI World Congress: More Highlights

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Special Report
CFI World Congress: More Highlights

Longtime CSI Fellow and Skeptical Inquirer contributor Elizabeth Loftus presented a talk about...

2005 Uri Geller:  Michael Jackson’s career comeback to be “most dramatic ever seen in showbiz”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 30, 2009
Washed-up spoon bending psychic uses his amazing powers to embarrass himself.

Interesting Reply to a Column on Critical Thinking by a Bush Supporter

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 22, 2009
In a recent column wrote about how claims made by politicians are often unproved or unprovable. I used Cheney as an example.

A response to a cranky creationist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 5, 2009
I wrote a column about dinosaurs having been extinct for 65 million years, and got a curious creationist challenge.

New video of Champ lake monster: A skeptical analysis

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 5, 2009
New footage of Champ, the monster said to inhabit Lake Champlain, is out! Monster, hoax, or deer?

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The Pseudoscience of Personalysis

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

"Look, that green rectangle represents my motivation to control things!"

Ghosts, Doughnuts, and A Christmas Carol: Investigating New Mexico’s ‘Haunted’ KiMo Theater

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Article
Ghosts, Doughnuts, and A Christmas Carol: Investigating New Mexico’s ‘Haunted’ KiMo Theater

A careful investigation into one of the most famous haunted theaters in the Southwest.

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