May 282016
 

Student feedback from a recent guest lecture I did for a course on skepticism and critical thinking: the fact that I didn’t discuss my research into the mysterious Pokemon Panic of 1997 is “unfortunate given the extraordinary nerdiness of the audience.”

 

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May 252016
 

My new blog about Amy Schumer blaming herself for a shooting at her film “Trainwreck.” By applying skepticism to news media claims we can see that she’s blaming herself needlessly, and that there’s no clear connection between the content of a film and violence that occurs there… You can read it HERE. 

 

 

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May 152016
 

Horror photographer Joshua Hoffine, whose creepy and gothic photos were used on the covers of my last two books “Mysterious New Mexico” and “Bad Clowns,” has a Kickstarter campaign to fund his first-ever career retrospective of photos. Check it out HERE!

 

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May 082016
 

For those of you who contacted me in tears because you missed my recent brilliant 15-minute interview with Paul Harris on 550 KTRS AM in St. Louis talking about my new book “Bad Clowns,” I have good news for you. It’s available HERE.

Enjoy!

 

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May 042016
 

In my recent CFI blog I examined studies on media representation, especially of minorities. Two recent reports have helped describe and quantify the issue, one from GLAAD (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and the other from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The reports (Where We Are on TV and Inclusion or Invisibility? Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment, respectively) are the results of painstaking tabulation and analysis. Like any measure they are not perfect, but they do provide insight into media representation trends. As a longtime researcher on the media (and author of Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us), I was interested to review the findings, specifically focusing on the status of sexual and racial minorities depicted onscreen.

The results were interesting and surprising; you can read it HERE. 

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Apr 282016
 

I am quoted in a chapter on werewolves in a new book about horror writing and Stephen King! I haven’t seen it yet, but that’s what The Google is telling me! I’ll have to check it out soon!

 

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Apr 232016
 

My book Mysterious New Mexico that was featured on the front page of Wikipedia for 12 hours last week received 1,950 page views. Most of those views were not from the skeptic community, so great outreach!

 

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Apr 202016
 

Join writer and scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford as he discusses the nature of “unexplained mysteries” such as ghosts, Bigfoot, crop circles, and psychic powers. What does science say about the evidence for these topics? What is the nature of the “unexplained”? Many Americans believe things for which there is little evidence and no definitive proof. Yet the issue is not one of belief but evidence: Either ghosts, Bigfoot, and psychic powers exist or they do not; if they exist, there should be scientific proof. How good is the scientific evidence for these claims? How does a science-based investigator approach these “unexplained” mysteries and separate fact from fiction? Join us to find out!

 

It’s April 20 8 to 9:30 PM PT; you can register for a nominal fee HERE. 

 

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Apr 182016
 

This Wednesday night (April 20) at 8 PM PT I’ll be presenting a 90-minute live Webinar titled “The Theory and Practice of Skeptical Investigation: An Introduction.” If you’re interested you can sign up HERE!

 

Join writer and scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford as he discusses the nature of “unexplained mysteries” such as ghosts, Bigfoot, crop circles, and psychic powers. What does science say about the evidence for these topics? What is the nature of the “unexplained”? Many Americans believe things for which there is little evidence and no definitive proof. Yet the issue is not one of belief but evidence: Either ghosts, Bigfoot, and psychic powers exist or they do not; if they exist, there should be scientific proof. How good is the scientific evidence for these claims? How does a science-based investigator approach these “unexplained” mysteries and separate fact from fiction? Join us to find out!

Mar 302016
 

Canadian parents who own a supplement business treated their toddler’s viral meningitis with herbs, vegetables, and oils instead of taking him to the doctor because “they had negative experiences” with doctors. Part of why their son died is that they didn’t understand the statistical phenomenon of “regression to the mean.” My article on it is HERE.

 

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Mar 252016
 

A new study finds that over half of the measles cases in the U.S. since 2000 were among unvaccinated people–and most of those were offered the vaccine but refused it. My new article on the topic is HERE. 

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Mar 182016
 

Recently a class at a middle school in Connecticut asked me for an interview about the Bermuda Triangle. I agreed to a short (15 minute) Skype session where I’d answer questions for the class, and it had a twist ending. You can read about it HERE. 

 

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Mar 182016
 

I was recently guest on The Edge of the Unknown Radio show with Joshua Gregory, talking about my various investigations and miscellaneous weirdness. Check it out HERE!

 

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Mar 152016
 

Last month a sensational “news story” about supposedly mysterious, alien “music” heard on the dark side of the moon on the Apollo 10 mission has gone viral. HERE is the real explanation that cuts through the myths and mystery mongering…

 

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Mar 102016
 

Donald Trump is unique in the history of American politics in his repeated and successful endorsement of wild conspiracy theories. My new article explains why and how it works for him… you can read it HERE. 

 

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Mar 092016
 

I’m interviewed on the new episode of the 16Miles2Hell show, talking about my new book Bad Clowns, as well as my ill-fated attempt to find a sculpture of a giant squid at Memorial University in Newfoundland… check it out HERE!

 

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Mar 082016
 

Legends from around the world tell of children raised by wild animals including wolves, bears, and apes. The feral child is common in myth and folklore, dating back at least to Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers of Roman mythology rescued from certain death and raised by a wolf. The feral child image evokes a strong romanticism for many people, and this was especially true at the turn of the last century. You can read my new CFI blog on the topic HERE. 

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Mar 052016
 

I was recently a guest on The Edge of the Unknown Radio show, talking about my various investigations, the basics of scientific paranormal investigationm and miscellaneous weirdness. Check it out HERE!

 

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Mar 012016
 

A mysterious illness shut down 57 schools in Bangladesh last month, causing respiratory distress in hundreds of girls; as I note in my new Discovery News article, it’s likely a textbook case of mass hysteria… you can read it HERE.

 

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Feb 282016
 

For those who didn’t see it, I’m quoted in a new PBS piece on conspiracy theories: “Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, said many conspiratorial beliefs have a ‘grain of truth’ to them, such as when the high-profile revelations from Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that the government lied to the public. ‘There’s this illicit transference of belief where people assume just because the government is capable of doing bad things and being careless,’ Radford said. It provides a ‘sheen of plausibility’ that leads people to assume officials take things another step too far.”

You can read it HERE! 

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