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.
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.
March 29, 2007
Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe.
"I came across a news story and Web site about a pregnant man. Can this be true?"
Despite its breathless claims, the series provides little science and few answers but a lot of unintended skeptical laughs.
"Have you heard about the claim that a person's sol can be weighed?"
New Report Casts Doubt on Gulf War Syndrome
A study recently published by the National Academy of Sciences casts doubt on the reality of Gulf War Syndrome...
November 3, 2006
One thing that ghosts, Bigfoot, and UFOs have in common is a lack of hard evidence for their existence.
In this world there are things that seem on the verge of being discovered every so often, yet never quite materialize.
Go, Go, Ghost Gadgets
"On the Sci-Fi Channel show Ghost Hunters, these guys run around with thermal imaging cameras, EMF detectors...
New Psychic Detective (Un)Reality Series: Haunting Evidence
Following the success of Court TV's "documentary" series Psychic Detectives, the network has launched a new program.
Alleged Psychic Convicted of Murder
Susan Polk, a self-proclaimed psychic, was convicted on June 16, 2006, of second-degree murder.
“Protect the children.” Over the years that mantra has been applied to countless real and perceived threats.
July 29, 2006
What happens when psychic powers are used for much more important and practical purposes, such as solving crimes?
July 29, 2006
“Some are doubters, some believe, the rest of us just know.”
Body of Evidence
Reviews of books by Gillian Bennett and Jacqueline Simpson.
Please Pass the Globster
"What is a globster and where can I find one?"
The Wrong Stuff: Men’s Magazine’s Psychic Columnist
While popular women's magazines have for decades featured regular astrology columns, magazines aimed at the men's market have...
June 6, 2006
June 6 isn't just any date, it is (or could be) a day of evil and bad luck, a date containing the reputed "Number of the Beast."
Mysteries of the Coral Castle
"Edward Leedskalnin cut, quarried, and raised a castle consisting of over 1,000 tons of coral rock."