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Benjamin Radford, M.Ed., is a scientific paranormal investigator, a research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, and author, co-author, contributor, or editor of twenty books and over a thousand articles on skepticism, critical thinking, and science literacy. His newest book is Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment. Radford is also a columnist for Discovery News and LiveScience.com.

Follow-up on a Ghost Investigation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 14, 2015
Follow-up on a Ghost Investigation



I occasionally am contacted by people who have read my books and articles or seen me on TV and have follow-up questions. Here is a recent e-mail I got that touches on the practical aspects of ghost investigations. 

A Question of Dragons

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 30, 2015
A Question of Dragons

Among my myriad editorial, writing, investigative, and other duties I often get e-mails from the public asking me questions about “unexplained” subjects. Here’s my response to a sixth-grader’s question about dragons.

Facing Art and Skepticism: Caricaturist Celestia Ward

Skeptical Briefs Volume 25.2, Summer 2015

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Facing Art and Skepticism: Caricaturist Celestia Ward

In 2014, Skeptical Briefs Editor Benjamin Radford attended a caricature conference in Reno, Nevada. Inside a hotel ballroom full of ridiculously talented artists from around the world, he happened to meet Celestia Ward, a caricaturist who’s also a skeptic. Naturally, he had questions for her.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Joe Schwarcz Win CSI’s Balles Prizes in Critical Thinking

Skeptical Briefs Volume 25.2, Summer 2015

A Question of Dragons

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 6, 2015
Among my myriad editorial, writing, investigative, and other duties I often get e-mails from the public asking me questions about "unexplained" subjects. Here's a question I got from a sixth grader about dragons.

The Curious Case of Baby Lisa and the Psychic

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 29, 2015
The Curious Case of Baby Lisa and the Psychic

In my over 15 years of investigations I've covered many dozens of claims of psychics and psychic detectives. Of those, about a half-dozen stand out as being particularly interesting or intriguing-not just yet another psychic making dubious claims, but some novel twist that at suggests a closer look is needed to understand what's going on. This is one of those cases.


Playing with Past Lives: The Virginia Boy and the Dead Marine

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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Playing with Past Lives: The Virginia Boy and the Dead Marine

Have you heard about this recent case of a young boy who says he lived a past life as a Marine? What do you make of it?

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Beware Mesmer Thieves!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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‘Bridge of Spies’ on Spying and Due Process

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 21, 2015
‘Bridge of Spies’ on Spying and Due Process
'Bridge of Spies' is an engaging political thriller with a real American hero--whether audiences recognize it or not.

Alex Tsakiris, Psychic Detectives, and Bad Science

October 13, 2015
Alex Tsakiris, Psychic Detectives, and Bad Science

Good science requires good data, and to get valid results scientists must consider all of the evidence. If a researcher chooses to exclude some of the information available in an experiment, for example, he or she should offer a rationale for doing so. When researchers present to the public or their peers data that only supports their conclusions, that’s called bad science (at best) or outri

Reality Check: Is America ‘Numb’ to Mass Shootings?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 5, 2015
In the wake of a shooting that left at least ten dead, last week President Obama stated that "Somehow, this has become routine. We become numb to this." Is that true? 

“The Gospel According to Stephenson”: Seven Questions for John Schuermann

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 1, 2015
“The Gospel According to Stephenson”: Seven Questions for John Schuermann
In which I ask Writer/Director/Composer John Schuermann about his hoped-to-be upcoming vampire film "The Gospel According to Stephenson."

Do Conspiracy Theorists Drive Chevys?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 21, 2015
Do Conspiracy Theorists Drive Chevys?
You might think that conspiracy theorists would organize boycotts of General Motors, Bank of America, brands that use ADM products, and dozens of other familiar brands and companies found guilty of engaging in conspiracy.

“The Visit” (film review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 14, 2015
“The Visit” (film review)
Despite its flaws The Visit is successful enough in building fear and tension in a creepy atmosphere to merit a tepid recommendation. 

A Reader’s Query: 10% of the Brain and Inherent Wisdom

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 8, 2015
Now and then I like to post (anonymous) e-mails from people who contact me, as it often provides insight into the worldviews of non-skeptics. 

Using Satellites to Search for Bigfoot

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 28, 2015
Unknown animals such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, for example, might be easily located and captured--if indeed they exist.

Circling the Pendulum: Conversations with a Dowser

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 27, 2015
Circling the Pendulum: Conversations with a Dowser
A conversation with a pendulum dowser who seems pretty sure he can explain the phenomenon through an unknown radiation.

Eyewitness (Un)reliability and the Filedrawer Effect

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 25, 2015
If eyewitnesses can be mistaken in life-and-death cases, they are likely no more accurate in monster sightings and descriptions.

Film review: “The Gift”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 18, 2015
Film review: “The Gift”
The Gift, like other effective thrillers such as Cape Fear and Fatal Attraction, trades on ambiguity...

Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained (book review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 5, 2015
Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained (book review)
A skeptical look at "Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained"

Church Fires: Racism, Copycat Crimes, or Random?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 15, 2015
A rash of recent church fires has left many Americans wondering if we're experiencing a wave of hate crimes.

Richard Feynman’s Lessons From a NASA Rocket Explosion-And Then Another

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 29, 2015
Richard Feynman’s Lessons From a NASA Rocket Explosion-And Then Another
Yet another space-bound rocket exploded over the weekend on its way to the Space Station, causing many to wonder what the problem is; Richard Feynman has the answer. 

Fortean Frog Falls: Facts and Fallacies

Skeptical Briefs Volume 24.4, Winter 2014/2015

Fortean Frog Falls: Facts and Fallacies

The most likely explanation for how small frogs get up into the sky in the first place is meteorological: a whirlwind, tornado, or other natural phenomenon.

A “Commandery” Ghost Story

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 19, 2015
A “Commandery” Ghost Story
In which I use the principle of Occam's Razor to deduce the identity of a mysterious ghost photo taken at a war museum

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Ethical and Effective Curse Removal

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

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Asmodeus, Stanley Fish, and the Fiction of Privacy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 4, 2015
Asmodeus, Stanley Fish, and the Fiction of Privacy
The subject of spying is so controversial because it violates, or seems to violate, the public's basic right to privacy. But the word privacy is often used glibly, with little discussion or understanding of what it is, why it's valuable, and what the consequences are for willingly giving up privacy. I argue that privacy is largely a fiction and a distinctly modern invention whose status as a sacrosanct pillar of human rights is suspect at best.

Mad Max: Fury Road review

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 18, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road review
There were lots of reasons to think that Mad Max: Fury Road would never be made, starting with the fact that the last film featuring the character came out 30 years ago...

Dr. Oz Accuses Critics of Trying to Silence Him

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 24, 2015
Dr. Oz Accuses Critics of Trying to Silence Him
Superstar TV personality Dr. Oz, after nearly a year of being criticized for promoting unproven "miracle" products and medical misinformation on his popular daytime TV show, has fired back at his critics.

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Texas Monsters and the Chupacabra

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

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Filmmaker Mike Celestino on Edgy Comedy and Pop Culture Skeptics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 13, 2015
Filmmaker Mike Celestino on Edgy Comedy and Pop Culture Skeptics
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michael ("Mike") Celestino is a skeptic, film buff, and comedy fan. The bespectacled and slight bemused writer/director agreed to answer some questions about his recent projects, including his planned documentary "The Scully."

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