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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.

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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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How to ‘Haunt’ A House

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

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When a terrified family sought information about the ghosts they believed haunted their home, they found only...

The Other Side of the Story: Ghost Hunting

Skeptical Briefs Volume 17.4, December 2007

Interviews

Interview with filmmakers Andy and Tonya Keyser

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A Time to Die

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

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On the Montel Williams show, Sylvia Browne recently stated that most people die within three months of...

Interview with Roy Richard Grinker

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Interview
Interview with Roy Richard Grinker

Author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism

Investigating a Haunted House – Buffalo, New York

September 18, 2007
Investigating a Haunted House – Buffalo, New York

Note: Respecting a request for anonymity, names have been changed. Except for the cat.

The (Non)Mysterious Orbs

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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The (Non)Mysterious Orbs

People keep showing me pictures that have "orbs" in them. They usually look like round spots of light.

Santa Fe ‘Courthouse Ghost’ Mystery Solved

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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Santa Fe ‘Courthouse Ghost’ Mystery Solved

A mysterious white blob was captured on videotape June 15, 2007, by a security camera at a courthouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Might Fright Cause White?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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Can hair turn white overnight, from stress or from fright?

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Philadelphia Psychics Shut Down, Then Allowed to Reopen

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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In April 2007, citing a state law banning fortune-telling for profit, Philadelphia's Department of Licences and Inspections...

Superhero Science

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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Superhero Science

Spasibo. It means thank you. I know only a few words Russian, but what little I do know I learned about twenty years ago.

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Randi’s Amazing Meeting Returns

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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James "The Amazing" Randi's fifth annual conference, dubbed "The Amazing Meeting", was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January...

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The Nonsense and Non-science of Sasquatch

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Book Review

Review of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum.

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Measuring Near-Death Experience

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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While researching near-death experience, I came across a so-called Greyson Scale, which is claimed to be...

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Secrets and Lies

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe. It is based on a principle of quantum mechanics and lies in a...

Sylvia Browne’s Biggest Blunder

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

The tragic consequences of listening to psychic advice were brought into sharp focus in January 2007.

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