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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.

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

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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

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

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Hoax Led to Polygamist Sect Raid

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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False reports can have serious consequences. Time and resources spent on hoaxers and liars are diverted from real crime victims.

The Mysterious Phoenix Lights

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

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In April 2008, residents of Phoenix called police and local news media to report four bright, red lights hovering over the city.

Reality Check: Ghost Hunters and ‘Ghost Detectors’

June 2, 2008
Reality Check: Ghost Hunters and ‘Ghost Detectors’

Ghosts are big business. For entities that may or may not exist, they seem to be everywhere, especially during Halloween.

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NASA’s Mysterious ‘Man on Mars’ Photo

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

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The idea that there may be life on Mars has been around for centuries, but the theory got a boost from photos taken by...

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Bark at the Moon

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

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"My local newspaper runs a weekly column about planting flower and vegetable gardens by the phases of the moon and the signs..."

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Bad Journalism Misleads Public about Psychics

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

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Ada Wason and Mary Ellen Walters vanished, seemingly into thin air. The pair left their Warren County, Ohio, retirement home...

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Natalee Holloway Disappearance Unsolved; Case Closed

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

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Despite the efforts of searchers and psychics, police on Aruba closed the case on missing teenager Natalee Holloway.

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The Science of Chemistry

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

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I have an inquiry about Internet dating and relationship Web sites. At least one claims in its advertising to use science to...

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Haunting Evidence Follow-Up: TV Psychic Detectives Fail Again

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

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How many of the ... cases featured in the first season of Haunting Evidence did the team solve? Not a single one.

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