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.
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”...
June 24 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the day UFOs were discovered, or else invented, whichever you prefer.
When a UFO supposedly crashed on Long Island and was being covered up by the authorities, we brought you the story.
Nevada appears to have pulled off another minor miracle, transforming a barren stretch of desert road into a tourist destination
Researchers looking into the causes of breast cancer may have overlooked the most obvious cause of all: the wearing of bras.
The American practice of "recovering memories" of unspeakable abuse has leaped the Atlantic, and the Pacific as well.