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.
‘UFO Disclosure’ Fizzles Again in 2016
‘Mirage Men’—Disinformation Agents or Just a Mirage?
Until now, the Phoenix Lights were simply that: they were just lights in the sky, skeptics and proponents could agree.
MUFON Gets into the Bigfoot Business
‘UFO Disclosure’ Happening Again This Year
New X-Files Renews Cover-Up Conspiracy Claims
Missiles and Saucers
A Review of How UFO's Conquered the World by David Clarke
Hanging Out with Hangar 1
Invasion of the Pod People
The Rendle-Sham Case: Phony and Phonier
The ‘Roswell Slides’ Fiasco: UFOlogy’s Biggest Black Eye
UFO Conspiracies at the UFO Congress
Were Half of Recently Declassified UFO Reports CIA Flights?
Once again, farmer Paul Trent’s famous UFO photos from McMinnville, Oregon, are a hot topic in UFOlogy.
Scientist Photographs Plastic Alien at Area 51
JAL 1628: Capt. Terauchi’s Marvelous ‘Spaceship’
Carl Sagan, Laurance Rockefeller, and UFOs
MUFON Jumps the Shark
Earthquake Lights Shine Again!
Saucer, Saucer, Who’s Got the Saucer?
A review of Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright Patterson, by Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt.
Between a Beer Joint and a Highway Warning Sign: The ‘Classic’ Cash-Landrum Case Unravels
Australian Man Films Giant Glowing Object in the Sky and Then Deletes Comments Explaining What It Is
Delving into the Abduction Files
A review of The Alien Abduction Files by Kathleen Marden and Denise Stone
I knew that it was possible to create all manner of digital UFOs in photographs. What I did not realize was just how easy it has become.
You Can’t Possibly Be Sirius!
UFOs in the Desert, 2013
Is Interstellar Travel ‘Preposterous’?
UFOs Infest Denver, Says Fox TV Affiliate
A review of Solving the Communion Enigma: What Is to Come by Whitley Strieber.
Smithsonian-Affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum Promised to Reveal ‘UFO Secrets’
January 8, 2013
Magician and skeptic Robert A. Steiner died on January 4, 2013 in a nursing home in Concord, California, at age 78. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay area, Steiner was a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and spoke at several CSI(COP) conferences.
National Geographic’s Chasing UFOs—‘Investigation as Farce’
Aztec Saucer Crash Story Rises from the Dead?
A review of The Aztec Incident by Scott Ramsey, Suzanne Ramsey, Frank Thayer, and Frank Warren.
‘Top Ten’ UFO Case: Yukon, Canada, 1996—Busted!
Flying Saucer or Fly: The Case UFO Skeptics Have Been Dreading?
Join the Boycott to Protest the CIA Cover-Up of President Obama’s Trips to Mars
Disclosure by the Dozens
UFOs? Yes. Crashes and Conspiracies? No.
A review of UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities by John B. Alexander
He Lets Other People Make Up Stories for Him
A review of The Real Men in Black by Nick Redfern
Comet Elenin “Self-Destructs”— Doomsday Postponed Again!
UFO Mothership and Fleet over London
Commie Nazi Saucer Crashed at Roswell
He Sees Dead People
A review of The Key: A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber
2012: Peter Gersten’s ‘Leap of Faith’
‘Unexplained’ Cases —Only If You Ignore All Explanations
A review of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean.
As is often the case, conflicting and confusing accounts of the UFO incident make it difficult to determine exactly what happened.
I remember being awestruck to have the opportunity to meet, and get to know, this soft-spoken, extraordinary man.
Famous Socorro ‘UFO Landing’ a Student Prank?
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 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...
John A. Keel, Mothman Writer, Paranormalist Trickster (1930-2009)
Noted paranormalist author John Alva Keel, best known to the public for his Mothman writings, died of a heart condition...
The Pseudoscience of Anti-Anti-UFOlogy
Stanton Friedman critiques Joe Nickell's article "Return to Roswell" by noting that Nickell is a former magician...
Perhaps you've seen news stories about Bigelow Aerospace, founded by Las Vegas real estate millionaire Robert Bigelow.
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.
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”...
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.
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