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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > November/December 2019 > The GIGO Problem: Crop Circle Research Edition

The GIGO Problem: Crop Circle Research Edition

Benjamin Radford is a research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and author or coauthor of a dozen books, including Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits.

Q: I’m a professor at Santa Clara University in California. Recently, I began researching whether all crop circles were humanmade and discovered a few that were clearly beyond the capacity of human authorship. I made an academic presentation (video) on this subject and would like to hear your reactions.

A: I’ve investigated multiple crop circles and— along with colleagues Joe Nickell and Kevin Christopher—made several. Claims about crop circles are often greatly exaggerated, if not entirely fabricated, and wither under examination (see, for example, my column “Crop Circles: A Not-So-Convincing Case” in the September/October 2014 issue of SI).

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