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Joe Nickell

Biography:

Joe Nickell is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and an investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. Joe was a professional stage magician and private investigator for a world-famous detective agency. He taught technical writing for several years at the University of Kentucky before taking the full-time position with CSICOP at its offices at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York.

Utilizing his varied background, Nickell has become widely known as an investigator of myths and mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He has been called "the modern Sherlock Holmes," "the original ghost buster," and "the real-life Scully" (from "The X-Files"). He has investigated scores of haunted-house cases, including the Amityville Horror and the Mackenzie House in Toronto, Canada.

Past Shows:

Ghosts: A Skeptic's View

Paranormal investigator and columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, Joe Nickell, discussed his latest work on ghosts and so-called spirits of the dead. He argued that most paranormal cases are promoted with an "argument from ignorance." First hour guest, author Patrick Wilcken (book link) talked about Claude Levi-Strauss, and how he revolutionized the field of anthropology. ... More »

Host: George Noory

A Skeptic's Investigations

Paranormal investigator and columnist Joe Nickellshared his skeptical take on a variety of cases. Differentiating his approach, he said that "mystery mongers" often have their minds made up that something inexplicable is taking place in so-called paranormal incidents, whereas he "follows the evidence." So far, he has yet to uncover "anything that defies the laws of physics."Among the cases he debunked: A long-necked multi-humped "lake monster" is probably a group of Northern River Otters swimming together. Ghostly phenomena at Mackenzie House in Toronto was due to bleed-through sounds from a parallel iron staircase in an adjacent building. A 100–ft. UFO in Salt Lake City turned out to be a misidentified remote controlled 30-ft. blimp.Ghost sightings and alien abductions are often associated with "waking dreams" and sleep paralysis.Mothman was a Barred Owl, a creature known for their glowing red eyes.Spontaneous Human Combustion cases often inv ... More »

Host: George Noory

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