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

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 Are 2% of Ghost Reports Genuinely Paranormal?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Human Senses and Ghosts

When asked if the church has a position on ghosts during the 2016 Christmas episode of The Infinite Monkey Cage, the Bishop of Leeds replied that ‘Christian theology says reality goes beyond what you can simply measure and see and what is – which is why we’ve talked before about how science can address the questions of how and what but not the meaning questions such as why. So, reality has to go beyond simply what you can measure and what you can see … I think theology takes seriously that there’s a huge dimension beyond what is simply physical.’ Continue reading Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Human Senses and Ghosts