Also featured in:
this Oct. 2002 St. Pete. Times article
this Oct. 2010 Gainesville Sun article (scanned version here)
chapters 7 and 11 of this truTV website article (archived)


Selected Publications  by Gary P. Posner, M.D.
 (in addition to those only in Tampa Bay Skeptics Report) 

Renier  Consolidated links to my articles on "psychic detective" Noreen Renier
and to Noreen Renier's website

 
"'Psychic Detective'Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family," Skeptical Inquirer, July/Aug 2017

 
"Vindication of My Notorious 'Insulting' Letter to UFOlogist J. Allen Hynek," Skeptical Inquirer, July/Aug 2013

 
"iPhony Cures May Have Cost Apple's Steve Jobs His Life," Skeptical Inquirer, Jan/Feb 2012

 
"'Psychic Detective' Noreen Renier Lambasted in Judge's Ruling," Skeptical Inquirer, July/Aug 2011

 
"Close Encounter of the Secondhand Kind with ‘Psychic Medium’ George Anderson," Skeptical Briefs (CSICOP's companion newsletter to Skeptical Inquirer), June 2010 (also posted here with the entire audio!)

 
"Assessing the Credibility of CFI's Credibility Project," Skeptical Inquirer, Jan/Feb 2010 (also posted here). CSI's response is posted here.

 
Book  "A Mind for Murdergate: 'Psychic clues' audaciously altered
in new edition of Renier memoir"

Skeptical Inquirer, Nov/Dec 2008

 
"'Court TV' Psychic Loses to Skeptic in Real Court," Skeptical Inquirer, July/Aug 2007 (also posted here)

 
"Parade's Dr. Rosenfeld Reprises Dubious Acupuncture Claim," Skeptical Inquirer, Sept/Oct 2006

 
Phil Klass  "Philip J. Klass: A UFO (Ufologist Friend's Obituary)," Skeptic magazine, 2006 (Vol. 12, No. 2)

An Interview with Philip J. Klass: The World's Leading UFO Skeptic
Skeptic magazine, 1999 (Vol. 7  No. 4)
(also posted here)

 
"Police chief misleads viewers about John Monti on Psychic Detectives," Skeptical Inquirer, Nov/Dec 2005

 
Book  "These files may be 'real-life' -- but is she really 'psychic'?"
(a review of Noreen Renier's memoir, A Mind for Murder: The Real-Life Files of a Psychic Investigator)
Skeptical Inquirer, Sept/Oct 2005

 
"Noreen Renier and the Williston case on Court TV's Psychic Detectives," Skeptic magazine, 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 3)

 
"Study Yields No Evidence for Medical Efficacy of Distant Intercessory Prayer: A Follow-up Commentary" (a critique of this study by Dr. Dale Matthews),  The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, Winter 2002  [My preliminary article, "An Examination of the Media Coverage of a Prayer Study-in-Progress," was published in The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, Fall/Winter 1998.]

 
  Chapter entitled "Police Psychics: Noreen Renier as a Case Study" in The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience, edited by Michael Shermer (AMC-Clio, 2002). First appeared as an article entitled "A Not-So-Psychic Detective?" in Skeptic magazine, 1997 (Vol. 5, No. 4).

 
  "Hardly a Prayer on ABC's 20/20 Downtown" (brief commentary about my appearance during the 8/13/01 20/20 Downtown report on "The Power of Prayer"), Skeptical Inquirer, Nov/Dec 2001

 
"Metamorphosis: A Life's Journey from 'Believer' to 'Skeptic'" (chapter contributed to Skeptical Odysseys: Personal Accounts by the World's Leading Paranormal Inquirers, Prometheus Books, 2001)

 
Hoagland  "The Face Behind the 'Face' on Mars:
A Skeptical Look at Richard C. Hoagland"

Skeptical Inquirer, Nov/Dec 2000

"Putting a Better Face on the 'Face' on Mars"
(a follow-up to the original article)
Skeptical Inquirer, May/June 2001

"Facing Facts and Saving Face"
(further follow-up; and for more detail, including audio of the Hoagland/Bell lies, see here)
Skeptical Inquirer, Sept/Oct 2001

 
Writeups on the "Face" on Mars and Philip J. Klass, The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters, 2001

 
"Another controversial effort to establish the medical efficacy of intercessory prayer" (a critique of the Harris group's Archives of Internal Medicine study), The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, Spring/Summer 2000

 
"$1,000 Challenge to 'Crazy Rod' Dowser Yields Chance Results," Skeptical Inquirer, Jan/Feb 2000

 
"Noreen Renier's Latest 'Psychic Sleuth' Triumph," Skeptic magazine, 1999 (Vol. 7, No. 3)

 
Acupuncture 
Acupuncture 
"Chinese Acupuncture for Heart Surgery Anesthesia"
(a critique of Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's China acupuncture story,
co-authored with Dr. Wallace Sampson)
The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, Fall/Winter 1999

"Questioning Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's China Acupuncture Story"
Skeptical Inquirer, July/Aug 1999  (also posted here)

 
"Point/Counterpoint: Is Prescribing Placebos Ethical? No" (written at the request of the American Council on Science and Health), Priorities for Health, 1998 (Vol. 10  No. 4)

 
"Millennium: Healthcare: Alternative Medicine" (a brief essay on the dumbing down of American medicine, written at the request of the American Council on Science and Health), Priorities for Health, 1998 (Vol. 10  No. 2-3)

 
"S.O.P. at CNN" (a skeptic-oriented essay on irresponsible reporting), Skeptical Briefs (CSICOP's companion newsletter to Skeptical Inquirer), September 1998

 
"Has science proven the 'divine' health benefits of religion?" (a critique, written at the request of the Secular Web, of a USA Today article, Aug. 1998)

 
Book & head  "Talking to the Living Loved Ones of the Dearly Departed"
(on "spirit medium" James Van Praagh, author of Talking to Heaven)
Skeptic magazine, 1998 (Vol. 6, No. 1)

 
Don Addis cartoon  St. Petersburg Times editorial cartoon based on my idea, April 3, 1998

 
Chapter on Noreen Renier in Psychic Sleuths: ESP and Sensational Cases, edited by Joe Nickell (Prometheus Books, 1994) (also posted here)

 
"A Not-So-Psychic Detective?" (article on the Noreen Renier / Williston Police case), Skeptic magazine, 1997 (Vol. 5, No. 4)

 
"Skeptically Speaking" columns in Tampa Bay Sounding (publication of  Mensa logo Tampa Bay Mensa), 1991-94

 
Virgin Mary  "Tampa Bay's 'Virgin Mary Apparition'"
Free Inquiry, Spring 1997

 
"Lexicon of Unnaturalistic Alternatives" (book review of The Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare by Jack Raso), Skeptical Briefs, December 1996

 
"Noreen Renier 'Put to the Test' -- Hollywood TV Style," Skeptical Inquirer, Sept/Oct 1996

 
"Would you like fries with your penicillin?" (an essay on the sorry state of primary care medicine), The Real American Home Journal (a newsletter based in Tarpon Springs, Florida), Mar/Apr 1996

 
OJ  "Burden of Proof" (a skeptic-oriented essay on the O.J. Simpson murder trial)
Skeptical Briefs, December 1995

 
"Examining an Unsolved Mysteries Report of a 'Miraculous' Cure" (of a Florida woman who claimed to have been diagnosed with "breast cancer"), Skeptical Inquirer, Sept/Oct 1995

 
"Taking a Stab at a Paranormal Claim" (regarding so-called "Deliberately Caused Bodily Damage" [DCBD] phenomena), Skeptical Briefs, September 1995

 
"The Devilish 'Barney' Media Hoax," Skeptical Inquirer, Fall 1994

 
Book cover  "Medical Practice Enters a New Age" (review of Healing Words: The
Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine
by Dr. Larry Dossey)
Skeptical Inquirer, Summer 1994

 
"NBC's Cynically Skewed Reporting on the Power of Prayer," Free Inquiry, Summer 1994

 
"Nation's Mathematicians Guilty of Innumeracy" (report on the Marilyn vos Savant "three-door paradox" columns in Parade magazine), Skeptical Inquirer, Summer 1991 (also reproduced in the first chapter of Weird Water & Fuzzy Logic by Martin Gardner, Prometheus Books, 1996)

 
Weeping Icon  "Tampa Bay's Weeping Icon Fiasco," Skeptical Inquirer, Summer 1990
This article is accompanied by three video frames from local TV news coverage
of my investigation (Ch. 10).

 
"God in the CCU?" (critique of Dr. Randolph Byrd's 1988 study on intercessory prayer), Free Inquiry, Spring 1990 (also posted here)

 
"A Case of Immaculate Abortion?" (evaluation of a gynecologist's miraculous medical claim), Free Inquiry, Summer 1988

 
"Nonhealing a Nonexistent Tumor" (investigation of TV faith-healer Peter Popoff's claimed cure of a Tampa girl), Free Inquiry, Winter 1986-87

 
Medical Consultant for The Faith Healers by James Randi James Randi (Prometheus Books, 1987)

 

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