Can We Please Stop Arguing About Which Human Rights Matter Most?

25 May, 2015 // 1 Comment

Last week Ireland overwhelmingly voted in favour of a change to their constitution that will allow same-sex couples the same marriage rights as others. They were the first country to do this by vote which is both odd but also encouraging. Go, Ireland! Victories like this one should be celebrated and cherished even though gaining the right to marry [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #13

24 May, 2015 // 2 Comments

Strange Orb Visits Space Walk of Fame Museum Mysterious Universe reports that ‘security camera footage twice showed a mysterious orb’ in the Museum based in Florida. Aptly named Museum president Charlie Mars says that ‘there are many items in here that were brought in by people who are no longer with us. They could be coming [...]

Ghost Hunters vs. Paranormal Investigators

17 May, 2015 // 2 Comments

Confirmation bias, according to its Wikipedia entry, is ‘the tendency to search for, interpret, or recall information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses’ and we’re all prone to this bias even when we think we’re not. In fact I think it’s fair to say that we’re really good at thinking [...]

A Humanist Ghost Buster

13 May, 2015 // 2 Comments

I stopped believing in ghosts in 2007 and for the first few months I decided that the best use of my time was to explain to others how the things they thought were true were wrong. It bordered on me being almost offended that people could believe such silly things until I realised that I had believed in those things too and it had been really [...]

If You Ban Your Child From Reading A Book You Are Your Child’s Enemy

3 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve just read this story over on Death and Taxes about US parents who successfully banned the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie because of sex and because, apparently, it was insulting to their christian values. The book tells the story of Junior who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #12

3 May, 2015 // 3 Comments

Quadcopter drone captures video footage of infamous black-eyed child No, International Business Times, it did not. It did not at all. Why are you even writing about this, you’re the International Business Times! This is clearly staged footage. The Youtube channel that this was uploaded to is brand new. Here is the video for those [...]

The Problem With Britain’s “Most Haunted House”

2 May, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve had a Fortean Times subscription for a number of years because I largely find the features interesting, but I’ve found myself becoming more and more frustrated at certain features in the last year or so when certain ghost stories are given uncritical promotion, or when the author fails to remain unbiased. In FT327 The Cage in St [...]

Being The Token Skeptic: My Experience On BBC Radio West Midlands

1 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

I got a phone call this morning from BBC Radio West Midlands asking if I would go on their show to discuss the sense of presence research that has recently made the headlines again. I agreed because there were a few interesting points I was hoping to make about the research. Firstly, the researchers are not suggesting that their findings can [...]

Please Help Me Make My Video Series

28 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have today launched an Indiegogo campaign in an attempt to fund a video series that I plan to produce to reach a wider audience in a way that isn’t restricted by written word. Can you really find water with dowsing rods? How easy is it to make a ghost hoax go viral? What happens if you lock a skeptic in a haunted house? Why do Ouija boards [...]

I Am A QEDcon Fan, Here’s Why

27 April, 2015 // 17 Comments

I feel as though QEDcon and the organisation team behind it does not get enough credit. Sure, they won an award last year for their brilliance, sure there are thousands of adoring tweets and Facebook messages telling them how amazing they and their events are, sure they sell every ticket and pack out the large venue in Manchester, sure over 500 [...]
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