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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.

Debunkers Launch “Great UFO Hoax”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 26, 2009
Fooling UFO believers is a double-edged sword.

Tribute to James Randi (with Humor at My Expense)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 22, 2009
Escape artist turned world’s skeptic, Randi was adored at conference.

UFOs: Unending Friedman Outrages

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 13, 2009
Saucer conspiracy theorist uses illogic, name calling, and worse.

Tearful effigies are pious (and not so pious) frauds.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 6, 2009
Another "Weeping" Icon

Not-so-Psychic Sylvia Browne

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 23, 2009
Infamous “psychic” continues to refuse scientific testing

Latest “Shroud” Pseudohistory

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 14, 2009
Notorious Shroud of Turin is still a painted fake.

“Vampire” Unearthed

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 8, 2009
Archaeological dig reveals seventeenth century exorcism of a "vampire."

Demonizing in Connecticut

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 27, 2009
Demonizing in Connecticut
Demonic movie "Based on true events" is a crock

Psychics Blind in Investment Scandal

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 25, 2009
Buffalo-area "psychics" fail to foresee doom

US Government’s UFOs

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 18, 2009
UFOs become IFOs--from the U.S. government.

Levy Case a Psychic Failure

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 10, 2009
"Psychics" useless in Chandra Levy case

The New Snake Oil

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 4, 2009
Alternative Medicine: acupuncture or quackapuncture?

Searching for Vampire Graves

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Investigative Files
Searching for Vampire Graves

It should not be surprising that there have been instances of reputed vampirism in the United States.

Cagliostro: ‘Quack of Quacks’

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.1, March 2009

Investigative Files

While on a five-country investigative tour of Europe in 2007, I twice came upon historic residences of the master deceiver...

Pope’s ‘Holy War’ Against Pseudo-Mystics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 24, 2009
Pope’s "Holy War" Against Pseudo-Mystics New guidelines to employ science, dogma, superstition.

Friday the Thirteenth

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 12, 2009
The supposedly jinxed date is just another day.

Miracle on the Hudson

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 10, 2009
A "miraculous" rescue is actually nothing of the sort.

Haunted Wedding Dress

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 4, 2009
Pennsylvania mansion’s animated gown has rational explanation.

Bigfoot Bozos

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 28, 2009
Georgia “clowns” ineptly reprise frozen-Sasquatch hoax.

‘Witch’ Killings Continue

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 23, 2009
"Witch" killings continue with the burning of a suspected witch in Papua New Guinea, a delusion continues.

“Miraculous Elián” Returns?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 9, 2009
The controversy over Elián Gonzáles--who was once deemed miraculous--is to resume during attorney general confirmation hearings.

Return to Roswell

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Investigative Files
Return to Roswell

The crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico has been explained as something much more mundane: a balloon-borne device.

Exorcism: The Devil’s in the Details

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 30, 2008

Joe Nickell Exorcises the Nonsense out of Reverend Larson

December 29, 2008

CNN Interview with Joe Nickell and Reverend Bob Larsen

Lourdes Medical Bureau Rebels

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 25, 2008
The international medical bureau at Lourdes, the Catholic healing shrine, will no longer designate cases "miraculous."

Demjanjuk: ‘Ivan the Bloody’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 16, 2008
Germany justified in seeking U.S.'s extradition of Nazi death-camp guard Ivan "John" Demjanjuk for Holocaust war crimes.

‘Hex’ Signs: Searching for the Magic

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Investigative Files
‘Hex’ Signs: Searching for the Magic

My introduction to Pennsylvania Dutch "hex" signs came when I was a teenager running my own sign-painting business...

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Lighthouse Specters

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Investigative Files

Remote sentinels on rocky shores, lighthouses have been called "America's castles." Certainly, they are places of scenic...

Padre Pio: Wonderworker or Charlatan?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Special Report
Padre Pio: Wonderworker or Charlatan?

Of the twentieth century's two most famous stigmatics, both were suspected of fraud, but Pio went on to be canonized in 2002.

Grilled-Cheese Madonna

Skeptical Briefs Volume 18.3, September 2008

Investigative Files
Grilled-Cheese Madonna

It has become the quintessential holy image to appear on an item of food: the Virgin Mary on a grilled-cheese sandwich.

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