Hayley is a paranormal researcher who doesn’t believe in the paranormal but instead attempts to find rational causes for the weird things people claim to experience. She lives in Wiltshire, England and investigates reports of paranormal activity using scientific scepticism and rational inquiry, this includes all sorts of strange phenomena but mainly ghosts, monsters and (more recently) fairy experiences.
‘… knows what [she’s] talking about’ –Steven Novella MD
This all started in 2005 when she was a teenager and a believer in all sorts of paranormal ideas but Hayley started working and blogging as a non-believer in 2007. Hayley also identifies as an atheist and humanist. She work with other researchers on an adhoc basis and balances all of this around a full time job. Her writing has appeared in many publications over the years including Skeptical Inquirer, Paranormal Magazine, Skeptic Magazine and more. The ‘Hayley is a Ghost’ blog won ‘Best Skeptic Blog‘ at The Skeptic magazine’s Occham’s Award 2015. The blog had been shortlisted for the same category in 2013 & 2014.
“You’re very persuasive…” – Selina Scott
Hayley also act as a media adviser for international & regional news outlets, television producers, radio stations, podcasts, blogs and magazines – offering advice on odd stories and topics, or offering insightful opinions on topical features and she has appeared on live television and numerous radio shows including BBC 2 The Big Questions, BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live and numerous regional stations.
Here are some examples of Hayley in action:
Interviewed by Selina Scott for BBC Radio 4’s One to One
Interviewed on BBC Radio Three Counties (slightly poor quality recording)
Interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about the new all-female Ghostbusters film (from 20 seconds in)
Hayley has spoken internationally about a rational approach to paranormal research, audiences have included Denkfest, QEDcon, SkepKon, Centre For Inquiry, British Humanist Association, Skeptics in the Pub, European Skeptics Congress and more. Videos of some of her public talks can be found on Youtube (some of which can be viewed on the Video page.) here.)