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

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

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

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

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Geller Revisited

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

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What's that fellow Uri Geller up to these days? I've heard nothing about him for years.

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The First Ibero-American Conference on Critical Thinking

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

Special Report

The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal took an important step in establishing a skeptical...

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Science Looks for Bigfoot but Finds Bison

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

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Bigfoot's been a busy beastie recently, especially in Canada. In April 2005, a Manitoba ferry operator videotaped a large...

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Science Sheds Light on Giant Squid

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

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Since men took to sea, stories of fearsome leviathans have haunted those brave enough to venture beyond dry land.

Ogopogo the Chameleon

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

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Ogopogo the Chameleon

Lake Okanagan's lake monster has undergone many transformations over the centuries. Will the real Ogopogo please rise up?

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Bigfoot in Life and Legend

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Book Review

Review of Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend. By David J. Daegling.

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New-Agey Feldenkrais

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

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My sister-in-law is a Feldenkrais practitioner. She always wants to give us treatments. What is this?

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Teen in Aruba, Others Still Missing Despite Psychics

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

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Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in the early hours of May 30, 2005, while on vacation in the Dutch Caribbean...

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Center for Inquiry Granted Representation at the United Nations

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

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CFI, which is the parent organization of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal,,,

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Plane Crash Survival: Miracle or Skill and Science?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

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On August 2, 2005, amid heavy rain and lightning, Air France Flight 358 from Paris, France, to Toronto, Canada, crashed.

Halloween Scare Feeds False Fears

October 25, 2005
Halloween Scare Feeds False Fears

While children dress up as scary creatures and trick-or-treat, parents, police, and medical centers follow another ritual.

Science Looks for Bigfoot

September 3, 2005
Science Looks for Bigfoot

In April (2005) a Manitoba ferry operator videotaped a large, dark, indistinct creature moving along a riverbank.

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Questioning the Obesity Myth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Book Review

Review of The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health. By Paul Campos.

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Isaac Newton, Astrologer?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

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Are astrologers correct in saying that Isaac Newton believed in, and practiced, astrology?

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Deadly Rituals: Nun Dies During Convent Exorcism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

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An exorcism at a convent in me small Romanian town of Tanacu resulted in the death of Maricica Irina Cornici...

New Exorcism Film Highlights Deadly Rituals

September 1, 2005
New Exorcism Film Highlights Deadly Rituals

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is about a priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of a nineteen-year-old woman.

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Seeking a Sixth Sense

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

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Following the December 26, 2004, Asian tsunami, many media reports said that animals and aboriginal tribesmen somehow sensed...

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‘World’s Most Documented Psychic’ Fails to Find Abducted Granddaughter

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

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On the afternoon of April 12, 2005, six-week-old Graciana Heughan was abducted from a Children's Aid Society office in Toronto.

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Our Lady of the Underpass

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

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Thousands of Roman Catholics have made an impromptu shrine of another unlikely spot, this time a Chicago underpass...

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Police, Psychics Search for ‘Abducted’ Runaway Bride

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

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Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, vanished from her Duluth, Georgia, home on April 26, 2005. The long-distance runner, who was to be...

Psychic Predictions (and Rationalizations) Fail Again

Skeptical Briefs Volume 15.2, June 2005

One frustrating things about dealing with alleged psychics is the lack of opportunity to pin them down to explain their failures

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Ringing False Alarms: Skepticism and Media Scares

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

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The American public gets from its news media a steady stream of "wake up calls" to panic over— daily or weekly alerts of...

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