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Joe Nickell, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and "Investigative Files" Columnist for Skeptical Inquirer. A former stage magician, private investigator, and teacher, he is author of numerous books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1998), Pen, Ink and Evidence (2003), Unsolved History (2005) and Adventures in Paranormal Investigation (2007). He has appeared in many television documentaries and has been profiled in The New Yorker and on NBC's Today Show. His personal website is at joenickell.com.

“No One Dies in Lily Dale” (A NICKELL-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 7, 2010
“No One Dies in Lily Dale” (A NICKELL-odeon Review)
Some important questions to ask about—and of—ghosts.

The Real McCoy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 2, 2010
The Real McCoy
Bob McCoy—the anti-quack—was a genuine crusader.

John Edward: Psychic Medium—or Small?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 28, 2010
Infamous “psychic medium” talks and talks and talks to the unresponsive dead.

When I Became a Zombie

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 23, 2010
When I Became a Zombie
One of 325 zombies — as real as any.

“Superbill”: An Arresting Tale

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 16, 2010
Counterfeits helped prompt new money design.

Poem from “The Rock”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 7, 2010
Poem from “The Rock” -- A tale of no ghosts and a famous escape.

Remembering Martin Gardner

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 2, 2010
Remembering Martin Gardner
Remembering the father of modern skepticism.

Undercover in Mexico

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 24, 2010
The latest in quackery is south of the border.

The Hoax as Art: A Review

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 17, 2010
Art exhibit derives from “War of the Worlds” broadcast.

Pope Deceived by “Shroud”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 10, 2010
“Shroud” of Turin proves Pope not infallible.

Ghost of Clement Hall

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 4, 2010
Ghost of Clement Hall
Spirited tale is given to wander.

Tribute to CICAP

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 26, 2010
Tribute to CICAP
New book by Italian investigators is tops.

John Edward: Spirit Huckster

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

Investigative Files

“Psychic medium” John Edward is reemerging from relative obscurity after his popular television show, Crossing Over with John Edward, ended in...

Yeti? Not Yet!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 20, 2010
Chinese “Yeti” is probably a mangy critter.

Christian Science Maneuvering

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 12, 2010
Christian Scientists seek accommodation with science.

The Fraud of Turin

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 6, 2010
The Shroud of Turin is still a medieval fake.

From Mystery to Mastery

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 29, 2010
An acronym expresses the investigative process.

Ghostly Goodnights

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 22, 2010
Hotel ghosts are easily explained.

Challenging Devil’s Hole

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 5, 2010
Writer and wife brave the “curse” of a rugged Niagara Falls.

Fortean Snow

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 1, 2010
Pink snow appears in Buffalo.

Skepticalisms

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 17, 2010
A word is coined for skeptical remarks.

Those Haunted Aykroyds

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 12, 2010
Peter H. Aykroyd (father of Dan) writes A History of Ghosts.

The Masked Librarian

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 4, 2010
CFI Libraries director Tim Binga has a dramatic role.

Avatar: A Critical View (Through 3D Glasses)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 28, 2010
Avatar: A Critical View (Through 3D Glasses)
Set in the future, the story criticizes past abuse of native peoples.

Evolution in Writing

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 20, 2010
Computer-caused decline in handwriting may also limit graphology pseudoscience.

Sherlock Holmes on Sheerlack Qualms

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 11, 2010
The great sleuth reviews a movie about him.

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‘Noetic Science’ in The Lost Symbol

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Book Review

Review of The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Belgian Miracles

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Investigative Files
Belgian Miracles

A member of the European Union, Belgium is located between the Netherlands, Germany, and France. The country takes its name from its first recorded...

Shroud Debunked—Again

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 29, 2009
Real shroud’s weave is unlike that of Turin “shroud.”

Go See ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 18, 2009
Go See ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’
Satire on warfare by New Agers scores a direct hit.

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