Is “Bigfoot Skepticism” Cool Now?

Bigfoot Skepticism is the phrase used to dismiss those skeptics who spend their time and effort investigating, writing, and speaking about paranormal subjects (not limited to bigfoot) in a scientific manner. Usually we’re told we should dedicate our time to more deserving causes, such as cancer-related medical quackery, strict religious practices which harm (as though exorcism isn’t in our remit), and dangerous practices such as chiropractic treatment, or homeopathy. Continue reading Is “Bigfoot Skepticism” Cool Now?

Listen: A Skeptic’s Guide to Ghost Hunting

In August, I travelled to Scotland and spoke for both Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub and the Edinburgh Skeptics Society as part of their Edinburgh Fringe Festival event ‘Skeptics on the Fringe’.

While speaking in Edinburgh my talk was recorded, and you can listen to it below. I was also interviewed for the 10 Questions podcast that Edinburgh Skeptics produce, which can be listened to here.

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Ghostsplaining: Men Explain Ghosts To Me

If there’s one thing any reader of this blog can be assured of, it’s that I have more than just a passing interest in ghosts. That’s why I love to discuss ghosts with anyone who will listen; I’m skeptical about the existence of ghosts, have had a fair few odd experiences which help me to remain open-minded about them, and have been investigating active hauntings since the age of 18 (over a decade ago), so… why do people feel the need to let me know ghosts aren’t real? Continue reading Ghostsplaining: Men Explain Ghosts To Me

People Ask Me Questions: The Scole Experiment

Recently, at a talk delivered for the wonderful Glasgow Skeptics, an audience member asked my thoughts on the Scole experiment. I wasn’t able to recall offhand what the experiment involved and so was not able to offer a decent answer. This has bugged me since and, having had time to reflect and research, here is my response… Continue reading People Ask Me Questions: The Scole Experiment