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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

Skeptracking at Dragon*Con 2010

September 17, 2010

Amid the bizarre costumes and assorted geekery, the skeptic’s track drew sizeable crowds...

Dragon*Con 2010 and a Call for Investigation

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September 16, 2010
Investigation is only part of skepticism, but it is a vital part. Hopefully future conferences will include more investigation.

Top 5 Surreal Moments at Dragon*Con

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September 10, 2010
Dragon*Con was a great time, but five experiences in particular have stuck with me as being especially surreal.

Is it Possible to Study the ‘Paranormal’?

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August 18, 2010
A question from the public: How does an investigator study subjects never proven to exist?

Chasing the Ghost Bird

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.3, May / June 2010

The ivory-bill has captured the imagination of people the world over for a very long time.

New Prayer Study: Need Glasses or Hearing Aid? Ask God!

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August 4, 2010
A new, badly flawed prayer study suggests that God will heal hearing and vision problems if someone else asks Him to.

Reflections on Camp Inquiry 2010

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July 26, 2010
A memorable week at CFI's summer camp for kids, Camp Inquiry

New Film “Inception” Bends Both Minds and Logic

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July 18, 2010
New Film “Inception” Bends Both Minds and Logic
The new thriller Inception, starring Leo DiCaprio, has good intentions but a plot full of holes.

Ghost Photo on Front Page of New York Times

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June 28, 2010
Ghost Photo on Front Page of New York Times
A New York Times front-page photograph seems to reveal a mysterious ghostly image.

Psychic Carla Baron Called Out on Claim of Solving Natalee Holloway Case

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June 14, 2010
Famous psychic Carla Baron says she solved the Holloway case; that's news to the police, FBI, and Holloway's parents.

What Martin Gardner Taught Me

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June 2, 2010
Martin Gardner, one of the all-time great skeptics, taught me how skeptics can help the public with real-world problems.

BP Oil Spill: Just Wondering Where the Psychics Are…

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May 26, 2010
Psychics should be asked—after each and every tragedy and national disaster—to explain their failures.

Rescuing Oiled Wildlife: Expensive and Ineffective

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April 30, 2010
The desire to clean oiled wildlife is admirable and noble, but the most obvious solution is not always the best one.

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The Psychic and the Serial Killer: Examining the ‘Best Case’ for Psychic Detectives

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010


An examination of the 'best case' of psychic detective abilities offers insight into how extraordinary claims are made, exaggerated, and clung to despite...

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Bigfoot Beliefs in Cultural Context

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010


Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend by Joshua Blu Buhs.

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BodyTalk: Boon or Bogus?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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Q: I work for a national corporation and recently noticed pamphlets advertising "BodyTalk" therapy distributed around the workplace. Now a BodyTalk...

British Government Study Finds Homeopathy Worthless

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April 22, 2010
A recent UK committee investigating homeopathy provides yet another nail in the coffin for this pseudoscience

Review of “Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be” by Daniel Loxton

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.3, May / June 2010

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Two very different books about evolution crossed my desk recently. The first, by Richard Dawkins, is titled The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence...

How Global Warming Creates Monsters

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April 8, 2010
Benjamin Radford reveals an interesting link between Bigfoot and global warming. From his upcoming book on the chupacabra.

Valuing Solutions Over Problems, Explanations Over Mysteries

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March 30, 2010
A brief discussion about the nature of mysteries and the value in finding their solutions

Blog on psychic detectives riles the believers—especially those who don’t read carefully

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March 17, 2010
A Discovery News blog results in a poster's reply that seems to prove that psychic detectives are real!

Psychics: Be a Hero, Save Lives, and Earn $2 Million!

Free Thinking (
March 8, 2010
$2 million and hero status awaits any psychics who can solve Toyota's problems

Ghost Hunters International Team Finds Evidence of Fictional Character’s Ghost!

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February 25, 2010
Ghost Hunters International Team Finds Evidence of Fictional Character’s Ghost!
Ghost Hunters International team finds evidence of a ghost of a woman who never existed

Another Real-World Example of Eyewitness Unreliability

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February 19, 2010
If you think eyewitness reports are accurate, you otter read this.

Texas Police Blotter: Drunk Man “Running from Chupacabra”

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February 15, 2010
Police near Abilene, Texas, who responded to a prowler report found a drunk man "running from a chupacabra."

New Chupacabra Documentary: More Speculation than Investigation

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February 5, 2010
Radford reviews early footage of a film on the chupacabra monster, finding more speculation than investigation.

Another Cancer Hoaxer Preys on Goodwill

Free Thinking (
February 1, 2010
Another tragic story of battling a horrible disease turns out to be made up—either for profit or simply attention.

Charles Darwin and his Father Debunk Spiritualists and Psychics

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January 21, 2010
In several of Darwin's letters, he described the skepticism he and his father shared over paranormal claims

Review of “Creation” New Film about Darwin

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January 20, 2010
Benjamin Radford reviews Creation, the new film about Charles Darwin

A Plea for Any Real Psychics to Help Haiti

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January 14, 2010
A plea for any real psychics to help save lives in earthquake-devastated Haiti

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