Musings

‘What I wish I’d known when I was 18′

14 May, 2014 // 1 Comment

Stephen Fry on ‘What I Wish I’d Known When I Was 18′ I would say the worst thing you can ever do in life is set yourself goals. I think goal orientation is absolutely disastrous in life. Two things happen, one is you don’t meet your goals so you call yourself a failure, secondly you meet your goals and you go “Well [...]

Sunday Assembly is not enough

7 May, 2014 // 11 Comments

‘The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles and mean contentment, has kept humanity in helpless [...]

In defence of YOLO

4 May, 2014 // 2 Comments

I’m 16. I’m standing outside of my school and in my hand is a piece of paper telling me my GCSE grades. A mix of C’s and B’s. Average. My then-friend has achieves E’s and D’s. She is crying. Her life is ruined. Fuck, I’m not ready for this shit I think. ‘It will be okay’ I say, trying to [...]

Only douchebags go ghost hunting at POW camps

29 April, 2014 // 3 Comments

A ghost events company called Compass Paranormal have come under fire from angry customers after a recent overseas ghost hunting event they held at Colditz was not as advertised and was, in general, apparently a bit crap. In response someone claiming to represent Compass Paranormal has made a comment suggesting they are taking legal action [...]

A hat tip

25 April, 2014 // 7 Comments

Over at the Huffington Post Rodney Schmaltz has written a great piece called ‘Battling Psychics and Ghosts: The Need for Scientific Skepticism‘ in which he discusses how society are constantly ‘bombarded with pseudo-science’ in various forms. He points out that ‘people who buy into these pseudo-scientific claims are [...]

Retiring Project Barnum

23 April, 2014 // 0 Comments

I have retired Project Barnum, the no-frills resource that educated people about psychic trickery for a number of years. There are several reasons that led me to this decision and I wanted to discuss some of them here. Project Barnum was first launched when the drama about whether Sally Morgan had used an earpiece in a Dublin show was going [...]

David Cameron: the terrible Christian

18 April, 2014 // 5 Comments

One of the teachers at my Church of England Primary School used to tell us children that a good Christian treated others as they wished to be treated themselves. She would explain that even the smallest kind gesture would make others think well of you and of your testimony in Christ. We were taught that good Christians were selfless, kind, [...]
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