Looking ahead at 2014

I feel as though I have gone through a big change this year and it is partly because I read ‘Heretics’ by Will Storr. I wrote a review and my thoughts on the book here, but to summarise – I had been examining my position as a skeptic and as a paranormal researcher prior to reading the book but upon doing so a lot of the soul searching found a resolution. This was partly because of the conclusions that Will himself finds as he explores the questions the book is based around, and partly because of the irrational reaction I faced from members of skeptic communities when I did some investigation into claims made about James Randi by Will Storr. Continue reading Looking ahead at 2014

Review: PSI Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet

PSI Wars coverThe TED Controversy took place between March and April 2013 when videos of talks delivered by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock at a TEDx event in London were removed by TED after complaints that the event was giving pseudoscience a platform. When Amazon recommended Craig Weiler’s  ‘PSI Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the InternetI was intrigued as I am one of those skeptics who believed that the removal of the videos was wrong and I have been critical of Wikipedia editing in the past. I was bitterly disappointed because it would seem that to Weiler I am the enemy too. Continue reading Review: PSI Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet

The CUSP

There is an interview with me on Episode 32 of The CUSP (The completely Unnecessary Skeptical Podcast).  You can listen by clicking here (excuse the sore throat, I’m currently battling a throat and ear infection. Boo!) 

For those visiting my site for the first time after hearing me on the show, welcome! Here are some links that might help/interest you:

my research
The Clevedon Pier Ghost case that I mentioned
Ethical investigation into anomalous phenomena
The Be Reasonable podcast that I co-host with Michael Marshall

The 5 Worst Ghosts of 2013

This year was lacking in ghost stories that took me into the field to investigate and I’m hoping that 2014 will remedy that with ghouls to chase and phantoms to fight. While I wait for that to happen I thought I’d cast my eye back at 2013 and list what I think were the 5 Worst Ghosts of 2013. I should point out that although they’re listed here these stories fulfilled that need for terrible paranormal news stories that make me shake my fist in a pantomime style and roar ‘Oh no it isn’t!’ when headlines proclaim ‘this is a ghost!’ Continue reading The 5 Worst Ghosts of 2013