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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.

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

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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?

Borneo’s Lake Monster Photos: Legend Come to Life? Or Hoax?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 19, 2009
I examine two new photos of a huge snake-like creature allegedly taken in Borneo.

Kashi Food Developer Karen Moyer Discovers Vanilla!  (Stupid TV Commercial Spotlight)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 13, 2009
In TV ads, Kashi food developer Karen Moyer travels the world searching for common spices! (Stupid TV Commercial Spotlight)

When Study Results Have Morally Uncomfortable Implications

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 5, 2009
Scientific research is very important and valuable, but can sometimes have uncomfortable moral implications

Catty Comments About Celebrities with a Few Extra Pounds: A Closer Look at the Outrage

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 2, 2009
Recently female celebs with a few extra pounds have been criticized in the media. But is it a tempest in a teapot?

New Age Book Offers “Raw Logic” to Dismiss Skeptics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 23, 2009
A new New Age book called "Amazing Grace" offers something called "Raw Logic" to refute skeptics. Does it? You decide!

Are the world’s peanuts becoming less flavorful because of me? A guilty pleasure revealed.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 18, 2009
Benjamin Radford muses on whether his love of peanuts is in some small way destroying the world.

Ben Radford’s Psychic Ability Revealed! 2008 Predictions

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 13, 2009
Benjamin Radford reveals the predictions he made for 2008 in 2007, revealing a stunning 90% success rate.

New Jersey UFO Case Likely a Copycat Hoax

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 7, 2009
A set of mysterious lights seen recently over New Jersey bears a striking resemblance to the 2008 Phoenix Lights UFO Hoax

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XanGo Juice: Miracle or Myth?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

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"It costs $40 a bottle, and according to several anecdotes I've heard, cures just about any disease."

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Kansas Gym Ghost Video Mystery Solved

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

News & Comment

On September 12, 2008, a surveillance video captured what many believed to be a ghost. The video was taken at Anytime Fitness...

Skeptic Benjamin Radford’s Psychic Predictions for 2008

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 30, 2008
In December 2007, Skeptical Inquirer managing editor Ben Radford made 22 predictions for 2008...

NM Senator’s Miracle Cure Merely Mistake, Misdiagnosis

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 29, 2008

Another Plane Crash, Another Ordinary Miracle: Science Saves but God Gets Credit

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 23, 2008
A recent plane crash in Denver was called a miracle because all survived. But did God or science save lives?

Dear Abby: Skeptical Ghost Buster!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 21, 2008
Dear Abby shows a bit of refreshing skepticism in her response to a reader's comment about being visited by a ghost

Bush Illogic 101: Bush Claims Success in Keeping America Safe

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 19, 2008
President Bush claimed on Dec. 17 that "there can be no debate" about his record of keeping America safe. "No debate"? Really?

This Just In: Blogging Skeptic Skeptical of Blogs

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 17, 2008

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Georgia Bigfoot Hoax Draws Global Attention

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

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In early August, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer claimed to have found in the woods of Georgia something never known to exist.

Secrets of Spectacularly Skewered Skin

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

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Secrets of Spectacularly Skewered Skin

What explains the ability of some people to insert sharp spikes into their skin without bleeding or pain?

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The Amazing Randi Strikes Again

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was the site of the sixth Amaz!ng Meeting, James Randi's more-or-less annual...

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The Sweet Spirit Sounds of Rosemary Brown

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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Whatever happened to Rosemary Brown, who claimed to take down dictation from Liszt, Schubert, and other dead composers?

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Psychic’s False Sex Abuse Claim Threatens Family

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

News & Comment

Psychics are wrong about things all the time; that's no news to our regular readers...

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