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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.

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?

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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