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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.

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Philadelphia Psychics Shut Down, Then Allowed to Reopen

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

In April 2007, citing a state law banning fortune-telling for profit, Philadelphia's Department of Licences and Inspections...

Superhero Science

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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Superhero Science

Spasibo. It means thank you. I know only a few words Russian, but what little I do know I learned about twenty years ago.

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Randi’s Amazing Meeting Returns

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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James "The Amazing" Randi's fifth annual conference, dubbed "The Amazing Meeting", was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January...

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The Nonsense and Non-science of Sasquatch

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Book Review

Review of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum.

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Measuring Near-Death Experience

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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While researching near-death experience, I came across a so-called Greyson Scale, which is claimed to be...

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Secrets and Lies

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe. It is based on a principle of quantum mechanics and lies in a...

Sylvia Browne’s Biggest Blunder

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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The tragic consequences of listening to psychic advice were brought into sharp focus in January 2007.

Secrets and Lies

Special Report
March 29, 2007
Secrets and Lies

Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe.

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Male Pregnancy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

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"I came across a news story and Web site about a pregnant man. Can this be true?"

Sci Fi Investigates, Finds Only Pseudoscience

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

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Despite its breathless claims, the series provides little science and few answers but a lot of unintended skeptical laughs.

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Soul Scales

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

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"Have you heard about the claim that a person's sol can be weighed?"

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New Report Casts Doubt on Gulf War Syndrome

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

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A study recently published by the National Academy of Sciences casts doubt on the reality of Gulf War Syndrome...

Ghost Photos: Scams, Slipups, and Spirits

November 3, 2006
Ghost Photos: Scams, Slipups, and Spirits

One thing that ghosts, Bigfoot, and UFOs have in common is a lack of hard evidence for their existence.

Searching to Noah Vale

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

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In this world there are things that seem on the verge of being discovered every so often, yet never quite materialize.

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Go, Go, Ghost Gadgets

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

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"On the Sci-Fi Channel show Ghost Hunters, these guys run around with thermal imaging cameras, EMF detectors...

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New Psychic Detective (Un)Reality Series: Haunting Evidence

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

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Following the success of Court TV's "documentary" series Psychic Detectives, the network has launched a new program.

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Alleged Psychic Convicted of Murder

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

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Susan Polk, a self-proclaimed psychic, was convicted on June 16, 2006, of second-degree murder.

Predator Panic: A Closer Look

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Special Report

“Protect the children.” Over the years that mantra has been applied to countless real and perceived threats.

CSI: Turning from Science to Psychics

July 29, 2006

What happens when psychic powers are used for much more important and practical purposes, such as solving crimes?

Among The Bigfooters

July 29, 2006

“Some are doubters, some believe, the rest of us just know.”

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Body of Evidence

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Book Review

Reviews of books by Gillian Bennett and Jacqueline Simpson.

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Please Pass the Globster

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

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"What is a globster and where can I find one?"

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The Wrong Stuff: Men’s Magazine’s Psychic Columnist

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

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While popular women's magazines have for decades featured regular astrology columns, magazines aimed at the men's market have...

Beastly Numbers

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."

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Mysteries of the Coral Castle

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

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"Edward Leedskalnin cut, quarried, and raised a castle consisting of over 1,000 tons of coral rock."

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James Randi’s Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

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James Randi's fourth annual "Amazing Meeting" was held in Las Vegas Nevada, January 27-29, 2005.

Stranger Danger: How Real Is It?

April 7, 2006

If you saw an innocent child being kidnapped by a stranger, would you help?

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‘Natural’ Childbirth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

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What's behind the current anti-science move toward the "natural" birth process?

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Art Bell’s Show Broadcasts Sylvia Browne Failure about Mine Tragedy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

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Self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne, the best selling author and a regular on Larry King Live...

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Rare Woodpecker, presumed Extinct, Found in Arkansas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

A chance sighting in Arkansas's Cache River National Wildlife Refuge of a presumed extinct woodpecker led to a 2005...

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