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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.

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

News & Comment

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

News & Comment

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

News & Comment

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

News & Comment

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

News & Comment

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

News & Comment

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

News & Comment

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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Psychic Detectives Fail in the Real World but Succeed on TV

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

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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

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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

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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...

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