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.
Nazi Saucers and Antigravity
For decades there have been rumors about alleged "Nazi flying saucers," supposedly developed during the closing days of WWII.
Waves of UFO sightings may be a thing of the past, but interest in UFOs is stronger than ever.
Jon Beckjord, Advocate of a Paranormal Bigfoot (1939-2008)
Jon Erik Beckjord, well known as a paranormal investigator focusing on Bigfoot, died July 22 from prostate cancer.
Alien Peeping Tom—Film at Eleven
The world was startled on May 28 when a Denver man claimed he was going to show a video of a "living, breathing alien."
The Fallacy of Misplaced Rationalism
There seem to be so many fallacious arguments making the rounds these days that it would be surprising if skeptics were...
Electric Asteroid Zaps Earth
The "Electric Universe" is codswollop, with or without gods hurling thunderbolts.
Alien Ghosts at Roswell
Can a pseudoscientific documentary be so insulting that even the cable channel planning to run it turns it down?
The story of the alleged UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill in New Hampshire in 1961 is well known to the public.
A Model UFO Debunking
Review of Ware of the Words: A True but Strange Story of the Gulf Breeze UFO by Craig R. Myers.
Betty Hill’s Last Hurrah
A Secret UFO Symposium in New Hampshire
While such a book is not likely to make any best-seller list, it's a valuable contribution to our understanding of UFO mania
First They Came for Darwin, Then They Came for Copernicus and Galileo…
A recent mass mailing was sent to thousands of addresses in California asking "Have Scientists Been Wrong for 400 Years?"
When aliens return cows after they have finished mutilating them, do the cows bounce when they hit the ground?
The Flashlight of the Gods
Now that the crashed saucers seem to have replaced alien abductions as the "gold standard" of UFOlogical excitement...
Time Flies LIke an Arrow, but Fruit Flies like Bilked Bananas
At the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science...
The Internet: A Shining Beacon of Truth
Where have all the UFOs gone? In recent months, three widely read articles have been published by thoughtful observers...
Loon Season in Canada
Paul Hellyer was Canada's Defence Minister from 1963-1967 under Prime Minister Lester Pearson, as well as later serving...
Will Hack for Extraterrestrials
London's Gary McKinnon, recently arrested for computer crimes, has been described as "the world's biggest computer hacker."
Philip J. Klass (1919-2005)
The man who was indisputably the most influential UFO skeptic of all time passed away August 9 at the age of 85.
Where the UFO Conspiracy Theories Roam
The International UFO Congress has been taking place each March in Laughlin, Nevada, for fourteen years and I had yet to...
As the destruction became clear from the recent tsunami in southern Asia, claims surfaced of strange events associated with it.
With the recent devastating and remarkable assault on Florida by one destructive hurricane after another, some are...
Tunguska 1, Roswell 0
This past summer, the Tunguska Space Phenomenon Foundation, led by Yuri Labvin, headed off into the wilds of the vast...
Mysterious objects filmed by the Mexican military in March 2004 created a flurry of excitement and strange claims.
Heads up—the End of the World is coming again!
Some places are reputed to be "UFO Hot Spots," and the San Luis Valley is one of them.
Sheaffer covers a Santa Clara convention of conspiracy theorists
UFOlogy in America
In 1998, major media outlets were suddenly filled with accounts that an scientists had taken a fresh look at the UFO question.
Many readers of this magazine will no doubt recall the 1988 fiasco of so-called “memory water”...