Return from the Dead
She had suffered a fever of 104.5 and experienced shortness of breath, whereupon she declared, “Mother, I’m going to die.”
An Australian writer claims to have discovered Reverse Speech, a previously unreported human language phenomenon.
Psychic Predictions (and Rationalizations) Fail Again
One frustrating things about dealing with alleged psychics is the lack of opportunity to pin them down to explain their failures
Theoretically . . .
Our students here in Cobb County, Georgia, are being told by the school board to think critically…
In July of 1990, The Wall Street Journal began its famous dartboard contest…
Reel or Real? The Truth Behind Two Hollywood Ghost Stories
Radford and Gaeddert examine the truth behind two Hollywood ghost stories, The Amityville Horror and White Noise.
The Lake George Monster Hoax
Called “one of the grandest hoaxes of all times”, the Lake George Monster has occasionally resurfaced since its debut in 1904.
Marooned on Spaceship Earth
Over a hundred planets beyond our solar system have been identified, with more being found every day.
Zheng He in the Americas and Other Unlikely Tales of Exploration and Discovery
…Menzies proposes that both shores of the Pacific were extensively traveled and surveyed by the Chinese in late medieval times
Abraham Lincoln: An Instance of Alleged ‘Spirit Writing’
Modern spiritualism began in 1848 at Hydesville, New York, when two schoolgirls pretended to communicate with a ghost who…
Ritual Killing and Pseudoscience in Nigeria
The murder in London of a Nigerian boy may have brought focus to one of the most dreadful practices in Nigeria – ritual killing.
Mysterious Beings or Mere Accidents?
It isn’t unusual to get strange shapes and lights in photos even when they were not present at the time the pictures were taken.
The Evolution of Creationism
The species of religious thought called creationism continues to evolve by a process of natural selection.
Can Prayer Change the Past?
The notion that human consciousness can supervene the material principles of physics is often found in the literature on…
The Disappearing Writing Guru, Sweetwater, and Chicken McNugget: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This
As every conscientious skeptic knows, we are obliged to let all but the most patently absurd claimants have their day in court.
Scenes from a Bigfoot Conference
Many people associate Bigfoot, the mysterious eight-foot-tall man/ape creature of longstanding lore, with the Pacific Northwest.
Riddle of the Glowing Statues
Two women noticed it first. The eyes of the Virgin Mary statue on the church’s bell tower had begun to glow.
A Magical Death?
The death of Elisabeth Targ by the same disease she was trying to cure by “distant healing” yields some new perspectives on…
Paranormal Claims in Peruvian Mass Media
One of the main goals of the Peruvian Center for Investigation of Paranormal Claims, Pseudo-Sciences, and Irrationality…
The Case of the Alien Hand
It was Monday, March 24, 2003, when the voice of CSICOP Executive Director Barry Karr came over my intercom…
‘What’s Your Sign?’: Why (part of) the Age of Aquarius Is Still with Us
We have always lived in uncertain times. It is understandable therefore how, in a world continually threatened by…
Witchkillings in Nigeria
At least twenty-five people suspected of being witches have been killed in Akwa Ibom state in southern Nigeria.
Darwinism and the Age of Earth
Evolution is often attacked as not being “good science.”
Legend of the White Lady
Every town in Franconia has a legend of Die Weisse Frau – a ghostly figure that walks about at night terrifying people.
The Enemy Within: Chronology of an Anti-Skepticism Case in Argentina
This is an account of an episode I would have never wished to report. It shows how skeptics are not immune to hoaxing…
Winners of the 2002 ‘Citizen Sane’ Awards
This year, as last, we received many fine entries for our Citizen Sane contest.
Mothman Revisited: Investigating on Site
In a previous critical report, I suggested the identity of “Mothman.” Subsequently I was able to make an investigative trip to Point Pleasant.
2002: The Year of the Conspiracy Crank
Down-on-their-luck TV news anchors have joined hair-trigger survivalists and End Times evangelists on the conspiracy circuit.
Beyond Feng Shui
Tune in to 530 AM for thelatest ch’i updates.
Meta-Analysis and the Filedrawer Effect
An extraordinary phenomenon is normally not considered to be even tentatively established until it has been observed…
Haunted Cape May
At the terminus of the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey is the charming Victorian-themed resort town of Cape May.
“Visitations”: After-Death Contacts
Those who suffer the loss of a loved one may experience such anguish and emptiness that they are unable to let go…
Has the Second Law Been Falsified?
“One of the most important principles of physics, that disorder, or entropy, always increases, has been shown to be untrue.”
Investigating Witchcraft and Sorcery in Rangareddi District, India
The superintendent of police of India’s Rangareddi district invited a team from the Atheist Centre to investigate witchcraft…
President of the French leftist organization Reseau Voltaire, Thierry Meyssan, is rising to worldwide recognition as the…
‘Miraculous’ Image of Guadalupe
Mexico’s Image of Guadalupe is a sixteenth-century depiction of the Virgin Mary that, according to pious legend…
A New Look at Disney’s Atlantis
Disney’s Atlantis was recently released on video and DVD. When the movie came out…
Skepticism in Argentina: Life and Death and Magical Thinking
What is the danger of magical thinking and the spread of pseudoscience? This question has been asked many times…
Science Allah Carte
Muslim science? On the face of it, it seems as incongruous as Christian physics or Jewish oceanography.
U-Haul Moves into the Paranormal
We’ve all seen U-Haul trucks on our road and highways. Up until about ten years ago, the trucks were pretty boring…