Investigating Ghosts – The Scientific Search for Spirits

Investigating Ghosts
320 Pages
ISBN 978-0936455167

Ghosts have fascinated and haunted us for millennia. They appear in our campfire tales, films, books, and television shows as well as in our dreams and nightmares. Despite widespread belief in spirits—and the popularity of television ghost hunting shows—scientific evidence for them remains elusive.

INVESTIGATING GHOSTS is the first book to examine the history and techniques of ghost hunting from folkloric, scientific, and sociocultural perspectives. No mere armchair scholar, author Benjamin Radford’s book is based on nearly twenty years of first-hand, science-based investigations and research. INVESTIGATING GHOSTS will entertain and educate skeptics and true believers alike, separating fact from fiction about this timeless mystery.

Topics include: • Guidelines for scientifically investigating ghost reports • Analyzing photographic, audio, and video evidence • Ghost hunting equipment: What works, what doesn’t, and why • In-depth case studies of solved ghost investigations • Understanding the psychology of ghost experiences

Benjamin Radford

About Benjamin Radford (Corrales, New Mexico Author)

Benjamin Radford

Benjamin Radford is an award-winning investigator and deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine. He has written thousands of articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, mysterious phenomena, critical thinking, and science literacy.

He is author, co-author, or contributor to more than twenty books, including Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries; Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore; Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment (winner of the Southwest Book Award); Bad Clowns (Independent Publisher Award bronze medalist); and most recently Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits.

Radford is a regular columnist for several outlets including and Discovery News. Radford co-founded two podcasts: Squaring the Strange (2016-present) and MonsterTalk (winner of the Parsec award). Radford has been quoted as an expert by hundreds of media outlets including CNN, ABC News, BBC, CBC, The New York Times, Gizmodo, Forbes, The New York Times Magazine, The (London) Times Literary Supplement, Fortean Times, the Huffington Post, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Vanity Fair. He has also appeared on dozens of television shows including Good Morning America and on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. Radford has a masters degree in education and a bachelors degree in psychology, and is a member of the American Folklore Society. More about Radford can be found at and on Wikipedia.