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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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Psychic Detectives Fail in the Real World but Succeed on TV

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

News & Comment

Charles Capel was last seen alive May 20, 2004, the night before he wandered away from his home in Oxford Township in Ohio.

Reel or Real? The Truth Behind Two Hollywood Ghost Stories

Skeptical Briefs Volume 15.1, March 2005

Reel or Real? The Truth Behind Two Hollywood Ghost Stories

Radford and Gaeddert examine the truth behind two Hollywood ghost stories, The Amityville Horror and White Noise.

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Psychics (Don’t) Explain Missing September 11

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

While going though files on psychics a few months ago, I came across a newspaper article listing annual psychic predictions...

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Critics Ravage ‘Hoax’ New Age

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

An independent film directed and produced by followers of the New Age channeller/guru J.Z. Knight...

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Senate Intelligence Committee Highlights Need for Skeptical Inquiry

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

News & Comment

On July 9, 2004, a bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the findings of its inquiry into America's...

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Fortuneteller Allowed at Fair Despite Law

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

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Loretta Adams, a self-described "psychic consultant," requested a permit to open a booth at the 2004 Kane County Fair...

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Prayers, Psychics Fail to Find Missing Women

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

News & Comment

Prayers and psychics have failed to recover a Brigham Young University student who has been missing since May 24, 2004.

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New Details Emerge About Psychic’s Airline Bomb Threat Tip

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

News & Comment

As reported in the July/August issue of Skeptical Inquirer, a self-described psychic suggested that...

The Real Story Behind The Exorcist

September 2, 2004

The new Exorcist film scared up some $18.2 million on its opening last weekend but has garnered universally horrific reviews.

The Measure of a Monster: Investigating the Champ Photo

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 27.4, July / August 2003

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The Measure of a Monster: Investigating the Champ Photo

The most famous photograph of a monster in Lake Champlain was taken in 1977.

Bigfoot at 50 Evaluating a Half-Century of Bigfoot Evidence

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 26.2, March / April 2002

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Bigfoot at 50 Evaluating a Half-Century of Bigfoot Evidence

The question of Bigfoot's existence comes down to the claim that "Where there's smoke there's fire."

U-Haul Moves into the Paranormal

Skeptical Briefs Volume 11.4, December 2001

We've all seen U-Haul trucks on our road and highways. Up until about ten years ago, the trucks were pretty boring...

Living Skepticism

Skeptical Briefs Volume 11.3, September 2001

In this issue Paul Kurtz asks how far critical thinking can be extended, what areas logical inquiry applies to...

CSICOP Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Skeptical Briefs Volume 11.2, June 2001

CSICOP was founded in 1976 by SUNY philosophy professor Paul Kurtz, and grew over the years with the support of luminaries...

The Pokémon Panic of 1997

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 25.3, May / June 2001

The Pokémon Panic of 1997

In 1997, an episode of the cartoon Pokémon allegedly induced seizures in thousands of Japanese children

100% True! This Is Not a Joke!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 24.5, September / October 2000

Book Review
100% True! This Is Not a Joke!

Ben Radford's review of The Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story! By Jan Harold Brunvand

The Flawed Guide to Bigfoot

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 24.1, January / February 2000

Book Review
The Flawed Guide to Bigfoot

Review of 'The FIeld Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mysterious Primates Worldwide'

FBI Enlisted Psychic in TWA 800 Investigation

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 23.4, July / August 1999

News & Comment

According to the Washington Post, the FBI used a psychic in an attempt to determine the cause of the TWA Flight 800 crash.

Scam Fortune Teller Arrested, Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 23.4, July / August 1999

News & Comment

In September 1996 a woman approached Tene, who was offering tarot readings for $15 in the back of a restaurant.

The Ten-Percent Myth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 23.2, March / April 1999

Special Report
The Ten-Percent Myth

Someone has taken most of your brain away and you probably didn't even know it.

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