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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.

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

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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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Briefs Briefs

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.2, June 2009

Briefs Briefs

Short articles compiled by the editor.

Return of the Montauk Monster!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 28, 2009
The "Montauk Monster" was a strange creature found on a New York beach. It's dead, but it's back!

Ghost Hunter Patrick Burns Pens Ghost Hunting for Teens Book

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 18, 2009
Ghost hunter Patrick Burns has a new book-- by a well-known children's textbook publisher--on ghosts for kids.

Faked Abduction Claims: Why Would You Fake A Kidnapping?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 13, 2009
In the past few weeks, a series of faked abductions and false rape/abduction claims have surfaced.

Blowback? SF Chronicle: CIA Introduced Swine Flu in Cuba to Weaken Castro

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 29, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle reported that anti-Castro forces, with the help of the CIA, introduced swine flu to Cuba

New film “The Soloist” Features (and slightly mocks) Atheists

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 22, 2009
The new Robert Downey / Jamie Foxx film "The Soloist" depicts atheists

Unsolved Serial Killings Haunt NM; Where are the Psychics?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 22, 2009
New Mexico has been stalked by a serial killer, dumping bodies in the desert. Why aren't psychics helping solve the crime?

Taking Skeptical Activism to a New Level

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 7, 2009
A new guide for skeptical activism includes over 100 ideas for spreading critical thinking

NJ UFO Hoax by Skeptics Proves Point But Raises Questions

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 2, 2009
Should skeptics hoax the public to prove a point, or is that a breach of ethics?

Skeptical of the Skeptics: Questioning Conventional Wisdom

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 1, 2009
A comment about self-esteem research raises questions about challenging popular beliefs

New “Knowing” Film Based on Numerology and Bible Code Pseudoscience

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 19, 2009
The new Nicolas Cage film "Knowing" has roots in numerology and the discredited Bible Code.

Who’s “We,” White Man?  Or, The Media’s Mythical Majority

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 9, 2009
Lazy writers use phrases like "We are obsessed with celebrity" in news and media reports, making incorrect overgeneralizations

Strange Responses to a Skeptical Article

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 3, 2009
Three readers commented on a recent skeptical article about the paranormal; none were very happy.

Curious Contrails: Death from the Sky?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

Is someone or something criss-crossing our skies with poisonous vapor trails that fall to Earth?

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Briefs Briefs

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.1, March 2009

Briefs Briefs

Recent news of interest to skeptics

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Benjamin Radford’s 2008 ‘Psychic Predictions’

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.1, March 2009

I have been a scientific paranormal investigator for over a decade, searching in vain for solid evidence of...

Does Viewing Evidence of a Crime Injure the Victim?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 24, 2009
The president of the NCMEC claims that viewing evidence of a crime re-injures the victim. Truth or hype?

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