hay (1 of 1)I’m Hayley and I’m a paranormal researcher who doesn’t believe in the paranormal. Instead I attempt to find rational causes for the weird things people claim to experience. I do this by using scientific scepticism and rational inquiry. I believe that paranormal research has an ethics problem. You can read my opinion on why here, and you can find my code of ethics here.

5 FACTS ABOUT ME:

  • I’ve lived in Wiltshire, England my whole life
  • I’m atheist and identify as a humanist
  • I host The Spooktator podcastI used to co-host The Righteous Indignation podcast & Be Reasonable podcast
  • I like reading. I’m especially a fan of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams (I even have a HHGTG tattoo!)
  • I have seen three ghosts despite not believing in them (because I like to be complicated)

5 EVENTS I’VE SPOKEN AT:

  • SkepKon 2015
  • AHS National Convention 2015
  • QEDcon 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 (panelist)
  • Skepticamp UK 2014
  • Seriously Strange Conference 2013

I’ve also spoken at dozens of regional ‘Skeptics in the Pub’ events too. See my Lanyrd profile for details of more, and future talks as they’re announced. If you’d like to invite me to speak at an event click here.

5 PLACES I’VE BEEN PUBLISHED:

  • Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
  • Paranormal Magazine
  • Skeptic Magazine
  • Paranormal Wiltshire, David Scanlan [book]
  • Haunted Swindon, Nicky Sewell & David Wood [book]

I’m terrible at pitching but if you’d like to commission a piece please click here. 

AWARDS I’VE WON:

Best Skeptic Blog, The Ockhams Award 2015 (also shortlisted in 2013, 2014)

 

  • The Cosmic Shed podcast, Ghostbusters 2016 episode

  • Interviewed by Selina Scott for BBC Radio 4’s One to One
  • Interviewed on BBC Radio Three Counties (slightly poor quality recording)
  • Interviewed by Andrew Holding of ThinkCon.
  • 2015 Interview for The League of Nerds podcast [LINK]

5 THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT ME:

‘…the Scully end of the X-Files spectrum’ The Times

“knows what [she’s] talking about.” Dr Steven Novella

“You’re very persuasive…” Selina Scott on BBC Radio 4

“the quintessential definition of a reasoned skeptic” Micah Hanks

‘More skeptics like Hayley, please’ Greg Newkirk