I was recently a guest on the Cryptologic Radio show, talking about monsters, Bigfoot, chupacabras, and skepticism. You can listen to it HERE.
The respected PBS television series “Nova” has won multiple Peabody and Emmy awards. So how did it manage to so badly bungle an episode on anorexia, spreading myths and misinformation about the dangerous disease? Here’s a piece of investigative journalism I did, adapted from my Masters thesis on the subject of eating disorder misinformation in the media. You can read it HERE.
There’s a recent and brilliant skeptical debunking by Anna Maltese and John Rael of claims made by Danish “extreme archer” Lars Andersen… Check it out HERE.
A new article quoted my Discovery News story and analysis of the boy who claimed he went to heaven, then admitted he didn’t… you can read it HERE.
My new article for Discovery News on Brian Williams and the psychology of false memories is now out, check it out HERE.
Last month what looked like a human finger was found on a beach in northern Australia; police were called but in the end scientists solved the mystery… you can read my article about this displaced digit HERE.
I was recently interviewed on The Humanist Hour, talking about skepticism, skeptical investigation, miracles, and much more. You can hear the show HERE.
A Chilean farmer recently found a pair of partly mummified animals in a wine cellar. Of course the obvious explanation is “chupacabra,” though as I explain it’s almost certainly not… yes, the little vampire beastie just won’t die. You can read the story HERE.
You may have heard that a boy who wrote an inspiring “true story” best-seller about going to heaven has admitted he made it up. I wrote an article on it, and a analysis about why many people believed it, you can read it HERE.
A viral story about how a high school allegedly used Photoshop to change their students’ yearbook photos to make them thinner started on Reddit earlier this month and has appeared on Gawker, Jezebel, Gizmodo, PerezHilton, and elsewhere.
As it turns out, the story isn’t quite as outrageous as claimed, you can read it HERE.
Censorship and free speech: Was Sony going to shelve The Interview last month because of terror threats? Most people think so.
But a closer look suggests that might not be true; you can read it HERE.
My new article about the logic and claims that a dream-recording app might be able to prove precognitive psychic powers is now up at Discovery News, you can read it HERE.
I was recently interviewed by UNM Prof. V.B. Price for New Mexico Mercury magazine, in which I talked about my new book Mysterious New Mexico, skepticism, and investigations. Who got upset by my book? Find out!
The five-question interview is available online HERE.
On January 9 I appeared live on the Paul Harris Show (KTRS in St. Louis) discussing claims of “theft by hypnosis” and myths about hypnosis in pop culture. Fascinating stuff, check it out!
You can hear the 12-minute interview HERE.
On Thursday January 8 I appeared live on MSNBC to talk about how climate change might affect unknown animals such as Bigfoot and the chupacabra. My research into the subject, done in part as preparation for the interview, will appear in a forthcoming issue of Skeptical Inquirer. You can see the show HERE.
Here’s my round-up for Discovery News of the Top 10 Solved and Unexplained Mysteries of 2014! You can read it HERE.
I’m quoted in a new article about the psychology of superstition, and how it relates to gambling… Interesting stuff, and you can read it HERE.
This is kinda cool, a few weeks ago the web site MoviePilot had a feature titled Separating the Myth from the Monsters, and it included a reference to my chupacabra research. You can read it HERE.
I’m quoted in a recent story in Forbes about cursed items! You can red it HERE.
Do those “brain games” and brain training programs really work? My article on Discovery News takes a closer look, you can read it HERE.
The parents of a four-year-old boy think that he had a past life as Marine killed in 1983.
I don’t, and you can read why in my new Discovery News article HERE.
Much to my surprise, I’m quoted in a news story about “magnetic children.” You can read it HERE.
A reader challenged me to explain two especially puzzling crop circles, if they were evidence of alien contact.
I took up his challenge and did my best. See what you think, you can read it HERE!
Why do some people decide to just disappear? A closer look at the “malicious missing” in my new blog, you can read it HERE!
“Real” psychic Sharina Star helpfully explains how to spot all those dangerous, scamming “fake psychics.” From the article: “‘Beware of someone who is out there that you’ve never heard of and they make all of these ridiculous claims,’ Star advises.” Now searching for a new Irony Meter, as mine seems to have exploded into powdery fragments across my desk. You can read it HERE.
For those who didn’t see it, here’s my blog on the importance of fact-checking statistics and claims–including those made by people whose causes you support.
You can read it HERE.
For those who didn’t see it last month I solved the mystery of a “ghost” seen on a police security camera last weekend that went viral. My analysis is on Discovery News, you can see it HERE.
If you believe in ghosts, you’re not alone. Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. In fact, ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomena: Millions of people are interested in ghosts, and a 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses — and nearly half believe in ghosts. You can read the story HERE.
The web site FastCompany did a recent profile of me and my work, you can read it HERE.
With Halloween rapidly approaching, reports of paranormal sightings will start toescalate as people get into the spirit of the spooky holiday. While most are obvioushoaxes, there are a few reported by people who genuinely believe they haveencountered a ghost or spirit. It is these perceptions that professional skeptic Benjamin Radford spends his time investigating and resolving, with logical explanations – so far, he has not failed!
You can read the whole story HERE.
The Oujia board, also known as a witch board or spirit board, is simple and elegant. The board itself is printed with letters and numbers, while a roughly heart-shaped device called a planchette slides over the board. The game was created in the 1890s and sold to Hasbro in 1966. It began as a parlor game with no association with ghosts until much later, and today many people believe it can contact spirits… You can read my article HERE.
On television and in films when paranormal investigators or ghost hunters are depicted, they often are seen using all sorts of high-tech gadgetry in the search for the unknown. HERE is a look at what’s in my investigation kit!
Encouraging new study finds that weight discrimination is rare, not common: Most people report experiencing no harassment, insults, or boorish behavior due to their weight, and only 5% report being discriminated against because of their body size. You can read my piece on it HERE.
Why is Ebola so scary? For various interesting psychological and sociological reasons… My new article on it for Discovery News is HERE.
Whatever happened to the viral “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign earlier this year? My article on Boko Haram and the forgotten captives, in which I explain why little has been done, and why buying the girls’ freedom would probably be the best option but won’t happen. You can read it HERE.