Skepticism

The Press Are Playing Ugly Games In Which The Vulnerable Are The Losers

3 July, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’ve researched and investigated paranormal phenomena for a decade or so now and so the terrible treatment that the most vulnerable people who claim to be paranormal eye-witnesses receive comes as no surprise to me anymore. Yet I still feel an anger bubbling when I read atrocious pieces like the one written by The Daily Record. It [...]

You’re Probably Not The Scientific Ghost Researcher You Think You Are

20 June, 2015 // 15 Comments

Many people involved in paranormal research think that they are scientific when they’re actually using dodgy science instead. This makes them no better than those people who used biased methods of spirit communication, like ouija boards, psychics or dowsing rods even though they probably think quite the opposite. Just over a month ago I [...]

Humanist Ghost Busting: A Clarification

11 June, 2015 // 1 Comment

A short while ago I wrote how I am a Humanist ghost buster and this confused a few people who seemed to think that I was mistaking humanism with humanitarianism. While I understand that suggestion I can assure you that I am not mistaken when I talk about my discovery of humanism shaping the way in which I conduct my paranormal research. A [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #15

7 June, 2015 // 2 Comments

Is this the world’s most haunted town? Toowoomba by name too-woo by nature, am I right?  According to various news sites Toowoomba, Australia is the world’s Most Haunted Town. Evidence has been flooding into a Facebook page called Toowoomba Ghost Chasers set up by Kylie Samuels and Katie Harvey. Shame then that the evidence provided [...]

Yvette Fielding, We Need To Talk About Your Ghost Problem.

6 June, 2015 // 20 Comments

Dear Yvette Fielding, There was a time when I would be glued to the television set when Most Haunted was on the screen because I thought it was a factual programme because you ensured us that nothing was staged on so many occasions. I still have my DVD collection somewhere in the house which I used to love. In 2005 I created my own paranormal [...]

A Humanist Ghost Buster

13 May, 2015 // 2 Comments

I stopped believing in ghosts in 2007 and for the first few months I decided that the best use of my time was to explain to others how the things they thought were true were wrong. It bordered on me being almost offended that people could believe such silly things until I realised that I had believed in those things too and it had been really [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #12

3 May, 2015 // 3 Comments

Quadcopter drone captures video footage of infamous black-eyed child No, International Business Times, it did not. It did not at all. Why are you even writing about this, you’re the International Business Times! This is clearly staged footage. The Youtube channel that this was uploaded to is brand new. Here is the video for those [...]

The Problem With Britain’s “Most Haunted House”

2 May, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve had a Fortean Times subscription for a number of years because I largely find the features interesting, but I’ve found myself becoming more and more frustrated at certain features in the last year or so when certain ghost stories are given uncritical promotion, or when the author fails to remain unbiased. In FT327 The Cage in St [...]

Being The Token Skeptic: My Experience On BBC Radio West Midlands

1 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

I got a phone call this morning from BBC Radio West Midlands asking if I would go on their show to discuss the sense of presence research that has recently made the headlines again. I agreed because there were a few interesting points I was hoping to make about the research. Firstly, the researchers are not suggesting that their findings can [...]

Please Help Me Make My Video Series

28 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have today launched an Indiegogo campaign in an attempt to fund a video series that I plan to produce to reach a wider audience in a way that isn’t restricted by written word. Can you really find water with dowsing rods? How easy is it to make a ghost hoax go viral? What happens if you lock a skeptic in a haunted house? Why do Ouija boards [...]
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