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Joe Nickell

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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.

Antidote to ‘The Fourth Kind’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 15, 2009
Skepticism wards off extraterrestrials.

‘2012’: Movie Prompts Predictions

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 2, 2009
Disaster movie’s premise is a disaster.

Shroud of Turin Developments

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 1, 2009
Two research endeavors contrast “shroud science” with real science.

Elvis Lives! Investigating the Legends and Phenomena

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.4, December 2009

Investigative Files
Elvis Lives! Investigating the Legends and Phenomena

Legendary American singer Elvis Presley is heralded not only as the major innovator, "The King," of rock 'n' roll but also as a godlike figure...

Flying with ‘Amelia’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 13, 2009
Flying with ‘Amelia’
Earhart biopic steers true course.

Science and the “Miraculous Blood”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 3, 2009
Thousands kiss "miracle" flask despite swine-flu contagion.

The Real Secrets of Fatima

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Investigative Files

Among the intriguing mysteries of modern Catholocism are the "miracles" and "secrets" supposedly imparted by the Virgin Mary...

Deflating the Balloon-Boy Tale

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 28, 2009
Publicity seeker may get what’s coming to him.

‘Paranormal Activity’: Fright on the Cheap

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 20, 2009
Talk About Low Budget!

Body Worlds and Leonardo

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 16, 2009
Body Worlds exhibition draws religious ire, scientific praise.

British Apology to Codebreaker

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 12, 2009
British Apology to Codebreaker
British Prime Minister apologizes for mistreatment of late codebreaker.

Two Who Marched with King

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 1, 2009
Two Who Marched with King
Civil rights marchers finally meet.

Ghost Hunters Spooked at Dragon*Con

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 24, 2009
Angry response reveals emotional basis of belief in ghosts.

Angels-Magazine Stories

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 18, 2009
Angels on Earth is weak in critical thinking.

Reflections on Dragon*Con 2009

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 16, 2009
Reflections on Dragon*Con 2009
Joe Nickell participated in four skeptical panels at last weekend's Dragon*Con, and one XTrack event as a guest...

Creationists Tout “Nessie”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 9, 2009
An evangelical course treats the Loch Ness Monster as fact.

The Man Who Sold Bigsuit

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 2, 2009
The Man Who Sold Bigsuit
Philip Morris sold costume for famous Bigfoot film.

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The Questionable Research of Hans Holzer, Dean of Ghost Hunters (1920-2009)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

During the second half of the twentieth "Dr." Hans Holzer, a self-styled parapsychologist who died April 2, 2009, at the age...

Pirates’ Ghosts: Aar-r-gh!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Investigative Files
Pirates’ Ghosts: Aar-r-gh!

They embody legend: romantic, swashbuckling, heroic figures--enchanting rogues whose ghosts eternally guard their buried...

John Calvin and the Shroud of Turin

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.3, September 2009

Investigative Files

While writing an introduction for an edition of John Calvin’s 1543 Treatise on Relics, I became intrigued by a little mystery...

Vatican Miracle Game

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 25, 2009
Medical science shortchanged by miracle claim.

Encountering ‘Aliens in the Attic’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 21, 2009
Encountering ‘Aliens in the Attic’
Children’s fantasy is a takeoff on the alien mythology.

Paleontologists Tour “Creationist Disneyland”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 14, 2009
Paleontologists Tour “Creationist Disneyland”
Scientists tour “monument to scientific illiteracy”

Great Quackery Collector Dead

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 4, 2009
Olgierd Lindan, freethinker and quackbuster, dies at 95.

Thought-Reader Banachek

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 30, 2009
Thought-Reader Banachek
Internationally known performer astounds

The IIG Awards

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 16, 2009
Thanks from an award recipient

Famous ‘Psychic’ Blindsided

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 10, 2009
Rosemary Altea fails to “see” self being scammed.

Crop Circles Evolve

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 3, 2009
England’s crop-circle formations prompt an iconological study.

Quest for the Giant Eel

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Investigative Files
Quest for the Giant Eel

On a six-day trip to the Canadian province of Newfoundland in Labrador, I encountered some very large creatures...

The Child Preachers

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 25, 2009
The Child Preachers
Like "Marjoe the Miracle Child," Kid preachers thrive.

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