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Caught Between the Possible and the Paranormal


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

Q: Have you ever come across any research, findings, or reports that have shaken your stance about the validity of skeptical explanations for mysterious claims? In other words, have any cases stumped you?

—J. Meuse

A: I’ve often been asked if, in the course of my research into myriad mysteries and seemingly paranormal events, whether I’ve ever encountered something I couldn’t explain. It’s a fair and understandable question, but one that’s difficult to answer. There are a couple responses: a concise one (which can easily come off as arrogant) and a more nuanced one.

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