Joe Nickell - The Other Side

January 21, 2011

Host: Karen Stollznow

Joe Nickell is one of the world's most prominent skeptical investigators of the paranormal. He has researched numerous historical, paranormal, and forensic mysteries, myths and hoaxes, including hauntings, crop circles, UFOs, psychic claims, the Shroud of Turin, and the purported diary of Jack the Ripper.

Joe is a Senior Research Fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and writes the Investigative Files column for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. He is the author of many books, such as Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal, Secrets of the Sideshows and Real or Fake: Studies in Authentication.

In this interview with Karen Stollznow, Joe discusses his areas of expertise, and why investigation is an important and necessary part of skepticism. He talks about whether anyone can investigate the paranormal, and shares some of the mistakes made by investigators; not only paranormal investigators, but also skeptical paranormal investigators. Joe mentions some advances in the area of investigation, and the pros and cons of recreating paranormal claims versus trying to capture paranormal phenomena.

Most people know Joe as an investigator, however, there are many surprising sides to him. He speaks about his many careers, and how he infuses skepticism into all of his roles.

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Joe Nickel always has that good attitude of promoting investigating rather than a quick debunk.  He alway promotes helping people, rather than trying to fight them.  Good ideas Joe.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 at 2:41pm by jump_in_the_pit Comment #1

Great interview.  Joe Nickell is an interesting character and Karen S.‘s interview style works well.

His blog with articles from Skeptical Inquirer (check it out!)
and www site mentioned on intro page

Even on wikipedia..a very interesting life….

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 at 5:45pm by Jackson Comment #2

This was a beautiful interview expressing a beautiful mind.  Joe seems to be living his dream quite well.  This is one for the “required listening” list for would be skeptics, particularly the part about good manners and decency towards the reality challenged.  Now, how do I look up some of his poetry?

Posted on Mar 06, 2011 at 9:21pm by gray1 Comment #3

I’m just starting to listen to these podcasts and this was the first one I tried. I hope they are all as interesting and informative as this one.

Posted on Aug 02, 2011 at 10:23am by FreeInKy Comment #4