Skeptical Inquirer — Skeptical Inquiree
The Phantom Menace of UFO Revelation
Even a smart, skeptical person can be fooled by something strange in a photograph
Just Asking Questions
Is Elvis Presley in Home Alone?
Orbs as Plasma Life
Ben Radford explains a strange mist found in a Phoenix woman’s driveway.
by Ben Radford, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Si usted está seguro de que los fantasmas son reales (y no el producto de alucinaciones inducidas por CMEs), no hay lógica ni razón alguna para usar un dispositivo para detectar dichos CMEs.
If you are sure that ghosts are real (and not the product of EMF-induced hallucinations), there is no logic or point in using a device to detect those EMFs.
Of course, it’s more fun to imagine the distant glimmer is a ghostly railroad brakeman’s phantom lantern than the headlights of a 2005 Honda Civic.
Why do ghost hunters look for ghosts at night with the lights off?
‘M’ Is for Mysterious Marks
Playing to an Empty Room: Ghost Hunting and ‘Singapore Theory’
Egging the Equator
So it was that I spent several long minutes trying to balance the same egg on the same stake and nail.
U.K. Viral ‘Ghost Photo’ Explained
Cyptozology and Global Warming
Have You Seen the Toucan Man?
Have you heard about this recent case of a young boy who says he lived a past life as a Marine? What do you make of it?
Beware Mesmer Thieves!
A Skeptic’s Guide to Ethical and Effective Curse Removal
Texas Monsters and the Chupacabra
The Skepticism of Clara Peller
Vegetable Oil or Snake Oil? The Pseudoscience of ‘Oil Pulling’
The Cockington Church Ghost Photo
Unlike other mysterious phenomena such as psychic powers, ghosts, or Bigfoot, there is no doubt that crop circles are real. The real question is what creates them.
Did Television Introduce Anorexia to Fiji?
Did Elves Delay Road Construction in Iceland?
The Mystery of the Texas Chupacabra
Did Psychic Visions Locate Missing California Boy?
Psychic Failure and the Boston Marathon Bombing
"Is there any chance you could put my mind at ease and explain why the Social Security Death Index would list [Sandy Hook shooter] Adam Lanza as having died on December 13, 2012, the day before the Sandy Hook shooting?"
Lessons from a Denver Fly
The Mysterious Bee Deaths
Mystery Solved—According to Whom?
Tracking the Chupachameleon: Chupacabra Iconography
Diving HeadOn into Pseudoscience
Dealing with Believers During Skeptical Investigation
Do Einstein’s Laws Endorse Ghosts?
The Bell Witch Mystery
Kinoki Drains Wallet, Not Toxins
Dowsing: Dubious, Discredited, and Dangerous
Is There a 100C Grain of Truth to Homeopathy?
The Mysterious Morgellons Malady
Most doctors believe that Morgellons is a type of psychiatric disorder called delusional parasitosis, in which patients come to believe ...
More often than not, infrared cameras create false-positive readings that amateur ghost hunters mistake for ghostly activity.
Q: I’ve been told there are small creatures called rods—which are shaped like, well, rods—that fly so fast they’re invisible. Is there any truth to this?
BodyTalk: Boon or Bogus?
Q: I work for a national corporation and recently noticed pamphlets advertising "BodyTalk" therapy distributed around the workplace. Now a BodyTalk...
Hyperbaric Therapy for Autism: Airy Promises
With the recent news that autism cases are on the rise, I'm sure the number of dubious "treatments" are increasing as well...
The Myth of the Walking Tree
While on a tour of the rainforest during a recent vacation, our guide showed us a tree with a very unusual root system.
Exercising the Brain Gym
What can you tell me about the Brain Gym? It seems to make all sorts of amazing claims and is apparently very popular...
The Deadwood Ghost Photo
"My brother and I stayed at the historic Franklin Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota. I'm not a big believer in the paranormal..."
The Pseudoscience of Personalysis
"Look, that green rectangle represents my motivation to control things!"
Is someone or something criss-crossing our skies with poisonous vapor trails that fall to Earth?
XanGo Juice: Miracle or Myth?
"It costs $40 a bottle, and according to several anecdotes I've heard, cures just about any disease."
What explains the ability of some people to insert sharp spikes into their skin without bleeding or pain?
The Sweet Spirit Sounds of Rosemary Brown
Whatever happened to Rosemary Brown, who claimed to take down dictation from Liszt, Schubert, and other dead composers?
In April 2008, residents of Phoenix called police and local news media to report four bright, red lights hovering over the city.
Bark at the Moon
"My local newspaper runs a weekly column about planting flower and vegetable gardens by the phases of the moon and the signs..."
The Science of Chemistry
I have an inquiry about Internet dating and relationship Web sites. At least one claims in its advertising to use science to...
A Time to Die
On the Montel Williams show, Sylvia Browne recently stated that most people die within three months of...
People keep showing me pictures that have "orbs" in them. They usually look like round spots of light.
Might Fright Cause White?
Can hair turn white overnight, from stress or from fright?
Measuring Near-Death Experience
While researching near-death experience, I came across a so-called Greyson Scale, which is claimed to be...
"I came across a news story and Web site about a pregnant man. Can this be true?"
"Have you heard about the claim that a person's sol can be weighed?"
In this world there are things that seem on the verge of being discovered every so often, yet never quite materialize.
Go, Go, Ghost Gadgets
"On the Sci-Fi Channel show Ghost Hunters, these guys run around with thermal imaging cameras, EMF detectors...
Please Pass the Globster
"What is a globster and where can I find one?"
Mysteries of the Coral Castle
"Edward Leedskalnin cut, quarried, and raised a castle consisting of over 1,000 tons of coral rock."
What's behind the current anti-science move toward the "natural" birth process?
What's that fellow Uri Geller up to these days? I've heard nothing about him for years.
My sister-in-law is a Feldenkrais practitioner. She always wants to give us treatments. What is this?
Isaac Newton, Astrologer?
Are astrologers correct in saying that Isaac Newton believed in, and practiced, astrology?
Seeking a Sixth Sense
Following the December 26, 2004, Asian tsunami, many media reports said that animals and aboriginal tribesmen somehow sensed...