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

Are 2% of Ghost Reports Genuinely Paranormal?

Peter Underwood once suggested that 98% of the reports of hauntings were likely to have rational explanations, but that he was most interested in the 2% that could be genuine (Underwood, 1983). This is a sentiment that ghost investigators often repeat, sometimes with variation. 99% is explainable, or maybe it’s 80%?┬áThose who say such things often then add that it’s the smaller number that interests them the most, that 1% that could be paranormal in origin… but are they missing the bigger picture? I think they could be for a number of reasons. Continue reading