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07-09-26

In this week’s eSkeptic, Angelo Stagnaro reviews Bryan Farha’s book Paranormal Claims: A Critical Analysis.

07-09-19

In this week’s eSkeptic, Robert R. Lavieri reviews George P. Hansen’s book entitled The Trickster and the Paranormal.

06-08-10

In this week’s eSkeptic, Alison Smith, the founder of Skeptical Analysis of the Paranormal Society (SAPS), an investigative team devoted to re-creating and debunking popular paranormal video footage shown on television, debunks “Ghost Hunters” — a Sci-Fi Network TV show by one of the most famous paranormal investigation groups in the world (TAPS — The Atlantic Paranormal Society). Smith is a licensed private investigator, armed security officer, and is also a psychology major at the University of Texas at Arlington.

06-07-21

In this week’s eSkeptic, Amanda Mitchell interviews Michael Shermer about the paranormal in “Strip Mall Psychics,” we announce Mark Edward’s new book Sense and Séance and link to Laura Marble’s review of Why People Believe Weird Things.

06-04-20

In this week’s eSkeptic, Jason Colavito comes to the rescue of fiction with a skeptical defense of television shows that incorporate the supernatural.

05-12-08

In this week’s eSkeptic, Brian Ragle discusses the film Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire.

05-11-14

In this week’s eSkeptic, Calvin Campbell shares his lively and strange personal experience with psychic “thoughtographer” Ted Serios.

Distinguished Science Lecture
Luck, ESP & Magic: How a Scientist Tests the Unusual

Dr. Wiseman has established an international reputation for research into the scientific examination of unusual areas within psychology. This lecture covers his many interests, including: the Luck Project, lying and lie detection, the psychology of magic, eyewitness testimony, the psychology of the paranormal, ghosts and hauntings, and experimenter bias in ESP research.

05-07-07

In this week’s eSkeptic, Lee Traynor participates in an exorcism and lives to tell the tale.

05-04-26

In this week’s eSkeptic, Michael Shermer reviews The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson.

05-01-05

In this week’s eSkeptic, we announce Michael Shermer’s latest book, Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown.

04-10-22

In this week’s eSkeptic, Michael Shermer recounts his experience appearing on the Art Bell Show.

04-10-01

In this week’s eSkeptic, John Olmsted reviews the fantasy docudrama and cult hit What the #$*! Do We Know?.

04-05-25

In this week’s eSkeptic, Michael Shermer reviews the environmental disaster film The Day After Tomorrow. Ivan W. Kelly takes on Percy Seymour’s new theory of astrology.

04-05-17

In this week’s eSkeptic, the Sunday Times science editor Jonathan Leake writes about Percy Seymour’s new theory of astrology. David Hackett Fischer explores the origins of “Debunking.” Also, letters on Roman Catholic atheism and Freeman Dyson’s endorsement of the paranormal.

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