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.
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."
James Randi’s Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas
James Randi's fourth annual "Amazing Meeting" was held in Las Vegas Nevada, January 27-29, 2005.
April 7, 2006
If you saw an innocent child being kidnapped by a stranger, would you help?
What's behind the current anti-science move toward the "natural" birth process?
Art Bell’s Show Broadcasts Sylvia Browne Failure about Mine Tragedy
Self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne, the best selling author and a regular on Larry King Live...
Rare Woodpecker, presumed Extinct, Found in Arkansas
A chance sighting in Arkansas's Cache River National Wildlife Refuge of a presumed extinct woodpecker led to a 2005...
What's that fellow Uri Geller up to these days? I've heard nothing about him for years.
The First Ibero-American Conference on Critical Thinking
The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal took an important step in establishing a skeptical...
Science Looks for Bigfoot but Finds Bison
Bigfoot's been a busy beastie recently, especially in Canada. In April 2005, a Manitoba ferry operator videotaped a large...
Science Sheds Light on Giant Squid
Since men took to sea, stories of fearsome leviathans have haunted those brave enough to venture beyond dry land.
Lake Okanagan's lake monster has undergone many transformations over the centuries. Will the real Ogopogo please rise up?
Bigfoot in Life and Legend
Review of Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend. By David J. Daegling.