This news archive provides a backlog of past news, events, press releases and investigations. Go here for the most current updates.
October 2011 News Update
The leaves have died, but our sense of skeptical curiosity remains alive and well! Our star-watcher returns, and former claimant Anita Ikonen announces she will soon "go woo." As we wave goodbye to Anita's various "contributions" to skepticism, we can take solace in our awesome new Clairaudient Test video! Links and more inside our October update.
September 2011 News Update
And the award goes to…IIG’s September News Update! Read about our recent “Iiggy” Awards Show honoring Ray Hyman, Bad Universe and more, view pictures from our fantastic (and highly exclusive) annual party, and see Jim Underdown probed live on stage by a miniature UFO. Also in this update: Dragon*Con finishes with a roar, Mark & Susan communicate with the undead, and several IIG members and friends land some fantastically shameless plugs for the group. Happy autumn, everyone!
August 2011 News Update
What does Clairaudient Claimant Phillip Lee have in common with a vicious honey badger? They both feature prominently in our August News Update! More info on these, our Steering elections, and other fascinating IIG projects available inside…with pictures, too!
May 2011 Public Update
Initial report of our Nick Nelson Preliminary Demonstration, several IIGers have fun during the "Rapture" on Hollywood Blvd, and we are getting ready for TAM 9 from Outer Space!
Robbie Thomas and "Psychic Justice"
June 2010 - IIG Investigator Jarrett Kaufman reports on The BadCast about the self-proclaimed psychic Robbie Thomas. Listen to episode 14 here, and then read these supplemental materials:
- The Caughlin Family Statement about Robbie Thomas
- Letter from a member of the group behind Stoprobbie.com
- Official Statement by John Ramses of Labyrinth Entertainment for why he ended all dealings with Robbie Thomas
February 2010 Public Update
Regen Traynor arrives for a preliminary demonstration of his claim that he can send information telepathically to a receiver. Also, bomb detection frauds, a big development on the anti-anti-vax front, Chicago "paranormal" cops, a sweat lodge guru arrested, and more!
November 2009 Public Update
Anita comes to town for a preliminary demonstration of her claims that she can see inside the human body without the aid of an MRI or X-Ray machine. Update on CBRN (California Board of Registered Nurses) and CFI Care, and more information on a few more possible applicants.
October 2009 Public Update
Some of our IIG members have been in the media, UCLA recently got a bad case of the woo, and we've posted new articles on some of our old investigations.
September 2009 Public Update
A lot of news this month! Find out the latest about the California nursing board, the IIG Awards, Vision from Feeling, the Rocky Mountain Mirror Man, Jenny McCarthy's body count, a Hollywood Reality Check, some UCLA campus quackery, and a some newly posted investigations from the IIG vault.
July 2009 Public Update
Updates on the California Board of Registered Nurses, some quackery at the UCLA campus, the IIG Awards, Connie Sonne's test in Las Vegas, and our ongoing protocol negotiations with Vision from Feeling.
May 2009 Public Update
Nursing presentation results, the IIG Awards, Vision from Feeling, a Colorado Psychic, and Connie Sonne are all in the news.
The 2009 IIG Awards
May 18th, 2009. Honoring Joe Nickell, Bill Maher, Amanda Peet, Lewis Black, Mythbusters, and more! With presenters Paul Provenza, Dana Gould, Kathleen Madigan and Frank Conniff. Get tickets here.
April 2009 Public Update
Two very important IIG events are coming up! Find out more about our nursing investigation on April 5th, and the IIG awards on May 18th.
February 2009 Public Update
Nurses learning Feng Shui? A new psychic contact? Read more in the February update.
January 2009 Public Update
Word telepaths and medical diagnosers and UFOs, oh my!
December 2008 Public Update
We've got news on a couple telepaths, a spoon bender, feng shui in the Burbank Police Department, the ongoing communication with our Vision from Feeling contact, and more.
November 2008 Public Update
What do skeptics do on Halloween? What comes from Denmark and claims to identify strangers with a pendulum? Is one of our investigators a disinformation specialist from Washington DC? Learn the answers to these tantalizing questions in our montly update.
October 2008 Public Update
All the latest on the Billy Meier case, the Montana Vortex, Scientology in our backyard, Vision from Feeling, and a skeptic from Africa who contacted us for help.
The See Clearly Method Investigation
Our 2005 investigation, recently updated, of a product claiming to improve vision.
September 2008 Public Update
Read about the IIG annual barbecue, the New Zealand Orb Man, more emails from Michael Horn, Colonel X in Nevada, the republished Aulterra Investigation, and the New Jersey Spoonbender.
August 2008 Public Update
More on the IIG Awards, Michael Horn's flurry of emails, and some possible upcoming investigations.
June 2008 Public Update
We've got healers from Calgary and Long Island, a Tennessee telepath, a Street Fair to attend, and updates on our investigation of Aulterra.
May 2008 Public Update
The latest on some of our ongoing investigations, as well as news on our recent ghost investigation, a disaster averted, our participation in a marijuana movie (it's not what you think), the Airborne Health Settlement, and the upcoming IIG Awards featuring an amazing guest.
April 2008 Public Update
Find out what's going on with the Long Island Healer, the Golden Vortex, Vision from Feeling, and some of our other ongoing investigations. Also, the alien autopsy rears its rubber head.
Our 2005 investigation of a family who reported various phenomena including orbs, nighttime noises, doors opening and closing, strange movement and a ghostly presence.
March 2008 Public Update
News on the Long Island Hero, Billy Meier's UFOs, a Canadian Lottery Master, recent website updates, and more!
February 2008 Public Update
Read about The Daughter who sees in the dark, the updated $50,000 challenge application, the Long Island Healer, UFOs on DVD, IIG's 8th birthday, and Vortexes in Montana.
January 2008 Public Update
More on Phenomenon, IIG's appearance on KCET's Life and Times, the Daughter who sees in the dark, an upcoming application change, a new UFO DVD that features an IIG investigator, and more.
IIG's Recommended Reading
IIG has put together a list of books, suggested by our members, for those wishing to learn more about science, skepticism, human psychology and the paranormal.
Steven Greer Speaks at MUFON OC Meeting
The founder of the Disclosure Project spoke recently at the Orange County MUFON's monthly meeting. IIG's David Richards was there, and gives a report of what Dr. Greer had to say.
Read the low down on Phenomenon, the Long Island Healer, the Rocky Mountain Mirror Man, a girl who can see in the dark, a MUFON meeting, and more.
November 2007 Public Update
IIG's been keeping busy. Read the latest.
2007 Public Update
Read about our activities in the month of September.
Gravity Hill Investigation
Our early 2006 investigation of the mysterious Gravity Hill.
2007 Public Update
See what we've been up to in August, from our IIG Awards to an informal demonstration by a man who claims to heal with quantum touch.
2007/08/17 The First Annual IIG Awards
Watch the full 2006 IIG Awards ceremony. Writers from The Simpsons and Psych were present to receive their awards. Find out who was placed in the Hall of Honor, and who won for Truly Terrible Television. Also, learn more about the IIG Awards: why we offer them and how we select the recipients.
Awards Press Release
Announcing the recipients of the first annual IIG Awards.
2007 Public Update
We will now be publishing monthly updates to keep the public informed about our ongoing investigations.
Investigator Wendy Hughes writes an exposé of the Glen
Ivy hot springs spa, separating the realities of relaxation from spiritual
speculation. This story was published in the June 2007 edition of
Skeptical Briefs (newsletter of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, our
parent organization). Read the entire article
Glen Ivy: A Study in Rational Decision Making
2007/05/06 The $50,000 Paranormal Challenge
It's finally here! See our examination of the psychic Nigel Britman.
IIG's own Brian Hart wrote an article published in the
Sept/Oct 2006 issue of Skeptical Inquirer, shedding some much-needed light
on the vaunted claims of psychic Carla Baron. Read the entire article
Carlon Baron, Psychic Detective? Not quite.
Carla Baron Update from Randi
Check back for more details!
Carla Exposed at the Amaz!ng Meeting! 3 in Sin City!
Sherri Andrews and Brian Hart presented our Carla Baron exposé to a truly international audience at James Randi's Amaz!ng Meeting! 3 in Las Vegas on January 16. This presentation was one of six chosen out of a total of about 30 submitted papers. We even fielded a question from Richard Dawkins himself! We've received nothing but positive feedback on the presentation, and hopefully encouraged others to get involved in investigations in their own hometowns. And in case you missed it, our presentation appears on the Amaz!ng Meeting! 3 DVD... available for purchase on Randi's site.
2004/12 Self-proclaimed psychic detective Carla
You've seen her on Court TV and ABC - now read the facts!