Free Speech Is Bittersweet And That’s The Whole Point

8 August, 2015 // 1 Comment

When I started Project Barnum (the now defunct online resource into how to spot psychic trickery) I did so with a petition that urged theatres and performance venues to not host psychic stage shows. At the time there was some controversy with people suggesting that the petition was calling for the censorship of psychics (something Deborah Hyde [...]

Humanists In “Some People Are Women” Shocker

21 June, 2015 // 10 Comments

Today is World Humanist Day, a celebration of humanist values that has been celebrated on June 21st since the 1980s. I’ve identified as a humanist since my late teens when I first discovered atheism and humanism and in more recent years I have become a member of the British Humanist Association (I literally renewed my membership yesterday.) [...]

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

25 May, 2015 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

JREF In Forgetting-Women Shocker?

30 March, 2015 // 3 Comments

Some people have reacted in horror, anger and confusion as the James Randi Education Foundation (JREF) revealed the confirmed speakers for their 2015 conference, The Amazing Meeting. Why? Because there are 20 men and 2 women and, out of these 22 speakers 21 are white. So much diversity! There are more speakers to be announced for TAM 2015 and I [...]

Take Action: Don’t Criminalise Sex-Selective Abortion

3 February, 2015 // 3 Comments

I don’t know whether or not I would have an abortion and I don’t know if I would have an abortion based upon predicted gender. I’ve never been in that position and I’ve never had to make that choice. Perhaps I wouldn’t care either way what gender my child was? Either way, I’m not egotistical enough to think that [...]

I’m a Real Life Female Ghost Buster & I Say “BRING IT ON!”

28 January, 2015 // 6 Comments

Throughout the history of paranormal research women have often been the leading figures despite being under-represented at every step of the way. Eleanor Sidgwick was a leading figure in the Society for Psychical Research – easily the most established organisation dedicated to paranormal research in the country, if not the globe. [...]
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