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.
Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 17, 2008
Georgia Bigfoot Hoax Draws Global Attention
In early August, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer claimed to have found in the woods of Georgia something never known to exist.
What explains the ability of some people to insert sharp spikes into their skin without bleeding or pain?
The Amazing Randi Strikes Again
The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was the site of the sixth Amaz!ng Meeting, James Randi's more-or-less annual...
The Sweet Spirit Sounds of Rosemary Brown
Whatever happened to Rosemary Brown, who claimed to take down dictation from Liszt, Schubert, and other dead composers?
Psychic’s False Sex Abuse Claim Threatens Family
Psychics are wrong about things all the time; that's no news to our regular readers...
Hoax Led to Polygamist Sect Raid
False reports can have serious consequences. Time and resources spent on hoaxers and liars are diverted from real crime victims.
In April 2008, residents of Phoenix called police and local news media to report four bright, red lights hovering over the city.
June 2, 2008
Ghosts are big business. For entities that may or may not exist, they seem to be everywhere, especially during Halloween.
NASA’s Mysterious ‘Man on Mars’ Photo
The idea that there may be life on Mars has been around for centuries, but the theory got a boost from photos taken by...
Bark at the Moon
"My local newspaper runs a weekly column about planting flower and vegetable gardens by the phases of the moon and the signs..."
Bad Journalism Misleads Public about Psychics
Ada Wason and Mary Ellen Walters vanished, seemingly into thin air. The pair left their Warren County, Ohio, retirement home...
Natalee Holloway Disappearance Unsolved; Case Closed
Despite the efforts of searchers and psychics, police on Aruba closed the case on missing teenager Natalee Holloway.
The Science of Chemistry
I have an inquiry about Internet dating and relationship Web sites. At least one claims in its advertising to use science to...
Haunting Evidence Follow-Up: TV Psychic Detectives Fail Again
How many of the ... cases featured in the first season of Haunting Evidence did the team solve? Not a single one.
How to ‘Haunt’ A House
When a terrified family sought information about the ghosts they believed haunted their home, they found only...
Interview with filmmakers Andy and Tonya Keyser
A Time to Die
On the Montel Williams show, Sylvia Browne recently stated that most people die within three months of...
Author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism
September 18, 2007
Note: Respecting a request for anonymity, names have been changed. Except for the cat.
People keep showing me pictures that have "orbs" in them. They usually look like round spots of light.
A mysterious white blob was captured on videotape June 15, 2007, by a security camera at a courthouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Might Fright Cause White?
Can hair turn white overnight, from stress or from fright?
Philadelphia Psychics Shut Down, Then Allowed to Reopen
In April 2007, citing a state law banning fortune-telling for profit, Philadelphia's Department of Licences and Inspections...
Spasibo. It means thank you. I know only a few words Russian, but what little I do know I learned about twenty years ago.
Randi’s Amazing Meeting Returns
James "The Amazing" Randi's fifth annual conference, dubbed "The Amazing Meeting", was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January...
The Nonsense and Non-science of Sasquatch
Review of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum.
Measuring Near-Death Experience
While researching near-death experience, I came across a so-called Greyson Scale, which is claimed to be...
Secrets and Lies
Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe. It is based on a principle of quantum mechanics and lies in a...
The tragic consequences of listening to psychic advice were brought into sharp focus in January 2007.