The world of skeptical investigation is full of interesting personalities with stories about their run-ins with ghost chasers, debunking charlatans, and dealing with “magic.” Today on Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks with Massimo Polidoro and Kenny Biddle while at CSICon 2018 about what they’ve been through as two of the top investigators in the skeptic movement.
In this episode, Polidoro speaks about the fascinating details around the life of genius, Leonardo da Vinci and about his new book, Leonardo.
Underdown and Polidoro also speak about Polidoro’s training under James Randi to be a magician as well as about Sherlock Holmes’s creator, Arthur Conan Doyle and his connection with the occult and spiritualism, specifically Conan Doyle’s fascination with The Cottingley Fairies and Princess Mary’s Gift Book.
Underdown and Biddle speak about Biddle’s work with Skeptical Inquirer, The Independent Investigations Group, and Biddle’s previous life as a ghost chaser.
Massimo Polidoro is a writer and an internationally recognized “mystery detective.” He began his career as James Randi’s apprentice and is the cofounder and head of the Italian skeptics group CICAP. He is a TV personality in Italy, a research fellow for CSI, and a longtime columnist for its magazine, the Skeptical Inquirer. He is starting a new series, “Stranger Stories”, on his YouTube channel.
You can find Polidoro on twitter: twitter.com/massimopolidoro.
Kenny Biddle is a science enthusiast and skeptical investigator of paranormal claims. He’s been involved in photography for over twenty years. He applies his knowledge, experience, and critical thinking skills to analyzing alleged paranormal photographs and video to determine the most plausible causes. His work has been featured in several skeptical publications. Find him on twitter: twitter.com/kennybiddle42.
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