The Real X-Files: Scientific Paranormal Investigations Workshop
Saturday, June 18, 1 - 4 p.m.
Ever wondered how a person goes about investigating a haunted house, a Bigfoot sighting, or a crop circle? In movies and on television, it looks easy, but how do real-life paranormal investigators discover what really happened, separating truth from myth? Come and find out in a unique, intensive 3-hour workshop taught by Committee for Skeptical Inquiry investigator Benjamin Radford. Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, columnist for Discovery News, and author off six books and hundreds of articles on science literacy, investigation, and the paranormal. Most recently he made international news for solving the mystery of the vampire beast el chupacabra. He will share his experience and insights gained over a decade of experience investigating dozens of mysterious and paranormal phenomena.
Radford, along with members of CFI-L.A.'s Independent Investigations Group, is one of only a handful of paranormal investigators in the world who approach the topics from a skeptical, scientific perspective. The purpose is to understand and explain the mysteries using science and evidence, not to prove or disprove the existence of these phenomena. Drawing from dozens of case studies involving lake monsters, psychics, and ghosts, Radford will explain the step-by-step process in investigations, including critical thinking, evaluating unusual claims, interviewing eyewitnesses, and conducting field experiments. Copies of Radford's book, Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries will also be available.