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Robert Sheaffer

Robert Sheaffer's "Psychic Vibrations" column has appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer for the past thirty years. He is also author of UFO Sightings: The Evidence (Prometheus 1998). He blogs at www.badUFOs.com.

The Humble Demigod

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

Special Tribute

I remember being awestruck to have the opportunity to meet, and get to know, this soft-spoken, extraordinary man.

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Famous Socorro ‘UFO Landing’ a Student Prank?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

Psychic Vibrations

The famous Socorro "UFO landing" case of April 24, 1964, has been proclaimed by leading UFOlogists, such as Jacques Valle and the late J. Allen Hynek, as...

NASA Tries to Bomb Star Visitors

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Psychic Vibrations

NASA may have most people convinced that its purpose in crashing the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) into the Moon on October 9, 2009...

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John A. Keel, Mothman Writer, Paranormalist Trickster (1930-2009)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

Noted paranormalist author John Alva Keel, best known to the public for his Mothman writings, died of a heart condition...

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The Pseudoscience of Anti-Anti-UFOlogy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Psychic Vibrations

Stanton Friedman critiques Joe Nickell's article "Return to Roswell" by noting that Nickell is a former magician...

Bigelow’s Aerospace and Saucer Emporium

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Psychic Vibrations

Perhaps you've seen news stories about Bigelow Aerospace, founded by Las Vegas real estate millionaire Robert Bigelow.

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Nazi Saucers and Antigravity

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Psychic Vibrations

For decades there have been rumors about alleged "Nazi flying saucers," supposedly developed during the closing days of WWII.

UFOlogy 2009: A Six-Decade Perspective

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

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UFOlogy 2009: A Six-Decade Perspective

Waves of UFO sightings may be a thing of the past, but interest in UFOs is stronger than ever.

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Jon Beckjord, Advocate of a Paranormal Bigfoot (1939-2008)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

Jon Erik Beckjord, well known as a paranormal investigator focusing on Bigfoot, died July 22 from prostate cancer.

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Alien Peeping Tom—Film at Eleven

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Psychic Vibrations

The world was startled on May 28 when a Denver man claimed he was going to show a video of a "living, breathing alien."

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The Fallacy of Misplaced Rationalism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Psychic Vibrations

There seem to be so many fallacious arguments making the rounds these days that it would be surprising if skeptics were...

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Electric Asteroid Zaps Earth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

The "Electric Universe" is codswollop, with or without gods hurling thunderbolts.

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Alien Ghosts at Roswell

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Psychic Vibrations

Can a pseudoscientific documentary be so insulting that even the cable channel planning to run it turns it down?

Over the Hill on UFO Abductions

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Book Review
Over the Hill on UFO Abductions

The story of the alleged UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill in New Hampshire in 1961 is well known to the public.

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A Model UFO Debunking

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Book Review

Review of Ware of the Words: A True but Strange Story of the Gulf Breeze UFO by Craig R. Myers.

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Betty Hill’s Last Hurrah

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Psychic Vibrations

A Secret UFO Symposium in New Hampshire

A Model UFO Debunking

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Book Review
A Model UFO Debunking

While such a book is not likely to make any best-seller list, it's a valuable contribution to our understanding of UFO mania

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First They Came for Darwin, Then They Came for Copernicus and Galileo…

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Psychic Vibrations

A recent mass mailing was sent to thousands of addresses in California asking "Have Scientists Been Wrong for 400 Years?"

The Incredible Bouncing Cow

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Psychic Vibrations

When aliens return cows after they have finished mutilating them, do the cows bounce when they hit the ground?

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The Flashlight of the Gods

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Psychic Vibrations

Now that the crashed saucers seem to have replaced alien abductions as the "gold standard" of UFOlogical excitement...

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Time Flies LIke an Arrow, but Fruit Flies like Bilked Bananas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Psychic Vibrations

At the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science...

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The Internet: A Shining Beacon of Truth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Psychic Vibrations

Where have all the UFOs gone? In recent months, three widely read articles have been published by thoughtful observers...

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Loon Season in Canada

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Psychic Vibrations

Paul Hellyer was Canada's Defence Minister from 1963-1967 under Prime Minister Lester Pearson, as well as later serving...

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Will Hack for Extraterrestrials

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

Psychic Vibrations

London's Gary McKinnon, recently arrested for computer crimes, has been described as "the world's biggest computer hacker."

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Philip J. Klass (1919-2005)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

The man who was indisputably the most influential UFO skeptic of all time passed away August 9 at the age of 85.

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Where the UFO Conspiracy Theories Roam

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Psychic Vibrations

The International UFO Congress has been taking place each March in Laughlin, Nevada, for fourteen years and I had yet to...

Tsunami Conspiracies and Hollow Moons

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Psychic Vibrations
Tsunami Conspiracies and Hollow Moons

As the destruction became clear from the recent tsunami in southern Asia, claims surfaced of strange events associated with it.

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Hurricane Osama?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Psychic Vibrations

With the recent devastating and remarkable assault on Florida by one destructive hurricane after another, some are...

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Tunguska 1, Roswell 0

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

News & Comment

This past summer, the Tunguska Space Phenomenon Foundation, led by Yuri Labvin, headed off into the wilds of the vast...

The Campeche, Mexico ‘Infrared UFO’ Video

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

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The Campeche, Mexico ‘Infrared UFO’ Video

Mysterious objects filmed by the Mexican military in March 2004 created a flurry of excitement and strange claims.

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