Skepticism

JREF In Forgetting-Women Shocker?

30 March, 2015 // 3 Comments

Some people have reacted in horror, anger and confusion as the James Randi Education Foundation (JREF) revealed the confirmed speakers for their 2015 conference, The Amazing Meeting. Why? Because there are 20 men and 2 women and, out of these 22 speakers 21 are white. So much diversity! There are more speakers to be announced for TAM 2015 and I [...]

Ghost Event Company In Being-Insensitive Shocker!

22 March, 2015 // 3 Comments

Simply Paranormal UK, who charge the public to attend ghost-hunting themed events at allegedly haunted places across the country (“act like what them people on the TV do for a night and pay us for the privilege”) have caused offense after referring to a now-closed mental health treatment centre as a “lunatic asylum” in [...]

How Ghost Evidence Is Rated And How People Get It Wrong

20 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

The plural of anecdote is not data.  It’s a rule that anyone involved in paranormal research, even casually, is familiar with. The things that we experience are open to our personal biases and the biases of those around us – not to mention the flawed memory that we have to contend with when trying to accurately recall something that [...]

Ghost Hunting Goes Wrong Because We’re Human

13 March, 2015 // 1 Comment

I used to believe that ghosts were real and that I communicated with them while on ghost investigations and I can remember how powerful that made me feel. As the founder of the paranormal team I would often be the one who led the seances or the glass divination or table tipping… I’d be the one who called out to see if I could [...]

The Harm Of Belief: Does Believing In Ghost Make You Vulnerable?

12 March, 2015 // 2 Comments

Yesterday evening I spoke to the Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub group. It was a really enjoyable evening and I was glad to have been invited to speak by the organisers. Several people in the audience asked me about the potential for belief in paranormal ideas to cause harm to the believer and whether I personally think it’s okay for people [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin: A Conclusion

8 March, 2015 // 1 Comment

For the last nine weeks I have been scouring the news to find the worst ghost related news items to report on. It has been quite a depressing experience that doesn’t bring very much to the table but from which I have drawn a number of interesting conclusions, as follows. It seems that the ghost hunting community has changed a lot since I was [...]

Lembit Öpik Said What About ESP?!

1 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the subjects on the latest episode (S8 E8) of The Big Questions was ‘Are we right to dismiss astrology?’ The discussion was prompted after an interview with Conservative MP David Tredinnick (who sits on the Commons Health Committee) was published in the Astrological Journal quoting him as saying “I do foresee that one [...]

Britain’s Slenderman: The Evolution Of Ghosts And Monsters

21 February, 2015 // 1 Comment

The character, Slenderman, was created in 2009 in a story posted to the website Something Awful by Eric Knudsen. In January of this year it was claimed by several newspapers that Slenderman had been seen by several people in Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, England. Lee Brickley, who prompted the stories by approaching the media in the first [...]
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