It has become the quintessential holy image to appear on an item of food: the Virgin Mary on a grilled-cheese sandwich.
The ‘Chemtrail Conspiracy’
Why are some people afraid of contrails?
Charles Fort: Purveyor of the Unprobed
Review of Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural.
Will the LHC Destroy Earth?
In 2008, a suit was filed asking for a temporary restraining order prohibiting CERN from turning on the Large Hadron Collider.
Despite the popular antics of inept “ghost hunters,” ghosts continue to remain elusive.
Why Visiting Alien Spaceships Are Impossible
UFOs are in the news again. But it is high time that our media stop speculating that alien spaceships may have been sighted.
Alien Abductions and Mental Hygiene Films: A Possible Link
An alleged paranormal phenomenon is the alien abduction popularized by books such as Communion: A True Story.
Group News from 2007
Is the Brain a Quantum Device?
In 1989, the Oxford mathematician and cosmologist Roger Penrose published a bestselling tome called The Emperor’s New Mind…
Among those creatures that inhabit the night, or at least the nightmares of the credulous, are vampires, zombies, and werewolves
A Case of Automatic Writing From Robert G. Ingersoll’s Spirit?
Did famed orator Robert Green Ingersoll communicate posthumously through a spiritualist medium to recant his atheism?
ESP and Religion
In one example, I argue that almost all religions posit an immaterial spirit or soul separate from the body…
The Other Side of the Story: Ghost Hunting
Interview with filmmakers Andy and Tonya Keyser
The Memorial Day Bigfoot Video: A Closer Look
Bigfoot, or at least his image on videotape, is again at the center of a great controversy.
A Many-Headed Hydra: Reasons for the Persistence of the ‘Bible Code’ and Suggested Anodynes
The Bible Code has not experienced the quiet demise it so obviously deserves.
The Bermuda Triangle and the ‘Hutchinson Effect’
Calling it “the world’s greatest mystery,” Gian J. Quasar revisits the enigma of the Bermuda Triangle.
The Mindless Quantum
Two recent films tell us that we can change our lives, heal our ills, and become rich and famous just by thinking we can do so.
Lake Monster Lookalikes
As a cryptozoologist–albeit a skeptical one–I have long been on the track of fabled creatures…
The First Thing We Do, Let’s Get Rid of All the Astrologers
As Oscar Wilde wisely observed: “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”
God and Rev. Bayes
Bayes’ theorem provides a means for calculating the probability of a statement being true based on the available evidence.
Mr. Sludge, the Medium
“[O]ne may well ask whether in ancient or modern times any preternatural event has been more clearly proved.”
Who Were the Ancient Engineers of Egypt?
Ancient astronauts: The term has a ring to it.
Close Encounters with Alien Abductions
Review of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens.
A Day at the Paranormal Fair
Earlier this year, in Bilzen, Belgium, a friend asked me if I’d like to accompany her to what is called a paranormal fair.
Headless Ghosts I Have Known
In the popular imagination, ghosts are a form of “energy” that survives death.
Benny Hinn Healing Crusade Ends in Controversy
In April 2005, American Evangelist Benny Hinn arrived in Nigeria for his much-advertised Healing Crusade.
Snake Oil: A Guide for Connoisseurs
In an earlier article, “Peddling Snake Oil” (Nickell 1998), I addressed the question of snake oil’s existence.
Experiments Cast Doubt on Bigfoot ‘Evidence’
One star of the Bigfoot community over the past decade has been latent-fingerprint examiner Jimmy Chilcutt.
Psychic vs. Skeptical Predictions
What do you do with a high-school student who thinks she has paranormal abilities?
Postmortem on ‘Alien Autopsy’
Britain’s Manchester Evening News termed it a hoax that “fooled the world”. Well, not exactly…
Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
The last resort of the theist who seeks to argue for the existence of God from science and finds all his other arguments fail.
Sympathy for the Empath?
The Bigfoot Legend Lives
Within the span of a few years the Bigfoot community has lost its two primary proponents, René Dahinden and Grover Krantz
Sherlock Holmes, Paranormal Investigator
Sherlock Holmes was not just the world’s “only unofficial consulting detective.”
Good or Bad, Round or Spiky?
A Russian researcher named Valeri Belianine has been developing a new subfield called “phonosemantics.”
Free Energy and Teleportation: Numbers Don’t Lie
One sure way to unmask pseudoscientific arguments is to check the numbers.
Of School Boards and Science Battles
Healing Waters – Part I: Spas
Here we look at ancient baths and later spas; in Part II we discuss legendary “fountains of youth” and reputed healing shrines.
Group news from Fall 2005
The Privileged Planet
A few months ago, the Smithsonian Institution agreed to cosponsor a film called The Privileged Planet…