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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.

Sexism, Activism, and All-Male Clubs

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 28, 2012

What should we do about private organizations who have sexist policies? Sometimes we stand up to them; sometimes we don’t. 

The Zanzibari Cat

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 24, 2012
The Zanzibari Cat

Reflections of a feline-loving traveler in East Africa.

Public Figures Who Lie About Sports Achievements

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 13, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan recently lied about running a marathon in under 3 hours, but he’s not the first to exaggerate sports achievements.

Bearing the Burden: On Being Chosen to Suffer

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 6, 2012

Many people, from those taking care of disabled children to those dealing with traumatic events, believe that they have been specially chosen to bear that burden. Is this healthy or harmful?

Another Abduction/Rape Highlights Glaring Failure of Psychic Detectives

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 27, 2012

Another young woman abducted and raped for year highlights the utter failure of psychic detectives. 

One Month After ‘Batman’ Massacre, Still No Evidence of Film Influence

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 22, 2012
One Month After ‘Batman’ Massacre, Still No Evidence of Film Influence

A month ago, shortly after a shooter in Colorado attacked a premiere of the film The Dark Knight Rises, I wrote a piece addressing the then-circulating question of whether or not the shooter’s massacre was inspired by the Batman film. Many readers suggested that my blog was too quick to dismiss the link, based on little information; a month later, what does the evidence show?

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Dealing with Believers During Skeptical Investigation

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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MacOzymandia: Visit to a Scottish Cemetery

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 3, 2012
MacOzymandia: Visit to a Scottish Cemetery
As the Ness River slowly weaves and wends through the town of Inverness on its way to Loch Ness, it passes under a white metal bridge walkway. That walkway continues across a small road and soon narrows into a brick-paved alleyway between two churches before ending at a modest street. A sign on the wrought-iron entrance reads, "Church of Scotland-The Old High Church." That's where I heard voices across the centuries.

A Spiritualist Ghostbuster’s Crystal Skull

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

A Spiritualist Ghostbuster’s Crystal Skull

A Canadian spiritualist ghostbusting actor walks into a bar wearing New Age crystals and a crystal skull around his neck, goes up to the bartender, and orders a vodka. . . . No, this weird mashup is not the setup to a joke (certainly not a funny one) but instead more or less describes one of the strangest intersections of Hollywood, New Age paranormal belief, ghost hunting, and alcohol.

Real-Life ‘Dark Night’: Did Batman Inspire Killings?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 20, 2012
Real-Life ‘Dark Night’: Did Batman Inspire Killings?
A mass shooting at the premiere of the new Batman film has cast a pall on the franchise and raised questions about media-inspired violence.

Science, the New Age, and the Search for Truth

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 18, 2012

Good science is universal. Properly controlled scientific experiments should yield the same results regardless of who is doing the testing. Male or female, British or Turkish, young or old, Muslim or Jew, it doesn't matter. Science's universality is one of its greatest attributes. Much pseudoscience and the paranormal, by contrast, is individual and idiosyncratic.

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Skepticism One Wikipage at a Time

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Interviews

Talking with Wikiskeptic Susan Gerbic-Forsyth

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Briefs Briefs

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Briefs Briefs

Seth MacFarland’s “Ted”: Rude Living Teddy Bear Takes Boston by Storm

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 29, 2012
Seth MacFarland’s “Ted”: Rude Living Teddy Bear Takes Boston by Storm
Seth MacFarland's new film is crass cross between "Greg the Bunny" and "Family Guy." 

Film Review: Pixar’s “Brave” Aims High But Falls Short

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 21, 2012
Film Review: Pixar’s “Brave” Aims High But Falls Short
The new film Brave, about a headstrong Scottish fire-haired archer princess, squanders one of Disney's best characters in a meandering and muddled script. 

Still Skeptical of Blogs

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 13, 2012
Why blogs suck: It's probably true that most blogs are crap-but it's a shame that we must work so hard to find the non-crap. 

How Not to Unexplain a UFO Debunking

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 4, 2012
A brief and enlightening exchange with a UFO believer over a skeptical analysis. 

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Skepticism One Wikipage at a Time

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

Interview

Talking with Wikiskeptic Susan Gerbic-Forsyth

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Do Einstein’s Laws Endorse Ghosts?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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Is The ‘Real-Life Barbie’ a Media Myth?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 14, 2012
Is The ‘Real-Life Barbie’ a Media Myth?
News organizations around the world claimed that a young Russian model has achieved her desire to look like a Barbie doll, sparking discussion and outrage about the media's influence on women. But is it true? 

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Interviewing the Native Skeptic

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

Interviews

An interview with Noah Nez, who blogs about skepticism within the Native American community.

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Briefs Briefs

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

Briefs Briefs

People Don’t Read, and Why It Matters to Skepticism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 30, 2012
A lot of the time people simply don’t read--and this hold implications for both skepticism and public discourse. 

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Briefs Briefs

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.2, Summer 2011

Briefs Briefs

Psychic Claims to Have Predicted Japanese Earthquake, Psychic Claims Tip on Long Island Serial Killer, Russian Alien UFO Video Surfaces

A Skeptical Look at ‘Balance’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 16, 2012
The idea of "balance" is very popular in both society in general and especially with New Age and alternative medicine crowds. While it offers a superficially appealing way to view the world, it is actually often incorrect, misleading, and potentially unscientific. 

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The Bell Witch Mystery

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Labyrinths, New Age Feminism, and Skepticism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 21, 2012
Labyrinths, New Age Feminism, and Skepticism
Skepticism and feminism clash over the ancient (and New Agey) labyrinth symbol. 

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A Skeptical Psychic’s Predictions for 2010

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

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New Mexico’s Mysteries and Mythtakes

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

Book Review

A review of Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained by Barbara Marriott

Rush Limbaugh, Being a Dick, and Skepticism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 8, 2012
 The controversy over Rush Limbaugh's comments has implications for the skeptical movement. Why Rush is a Dick, and skeptics shouldn't be. 

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