On Guerrilla Skepticism & Skeptical Outreach

16 October, 2013 // 21 Comments

I feel that I need to clarify myself after a comment I made on Twitter about the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Project has caused confusion. Things like the Guerrilla Skepticism Campaign make the work of skeptic paranormal researchers bloody difficult by causing mistrust. — Hayley Stevens (@Hayleystevens) October 13, 2013 The Guerrilla [...]

Belief in Ghosts is rising: Looking beyond the headline claims

13 October, 2013 // 9 Comments

In September there was much news coverage about how a study conducted by YouGov showed that belief in ghosts has risen. Examples here at The Metro and The Telegraph. More than half of those taking part (52 per cent) said they believed in the supernatural, a marked increase on the two previous comparable studies, in 2009 and 2005, which both found [...]

Jesus and Mo walk into a Freshers Fair…

5 October, 2013 // 0 Comments

When Atheist students from Reading University got kicked out of their Freshers Fair for naming a Pineapple ‘Mohammed’ in 2012 I felt conflicted about the situation because I felt that they should have seen it coming. ‘What did they expect?‘ I asked. Then I realised that the fact we expect this reaction isn’t [...]

On shunning the non-believers

4 October, 2013 // 7 Comments

Yesterday I got told off for being rude on a Facebook thread because I used sarcasm in response to somebody dismissing people because they spell skeptic with a K instead of a C. The person, who seems to harbour a deep hatred of the letter K, actually has bigger issues with people being all rational about ghosts and whatnot. They’ll deny it [...]

Ghosts, science, non-science and nonsense

2 October, 2013 // 3 Comments

I am a skeptic ghost hunter who uses Scientific Skepticism to research ghosts. It’s quite simple to understand, but some people don’t understand it at all. Like the TV producer who recently asked me to be a part of their documentary about the Bownessie Lake Monster and asked me to film a chase scene on a boat on Windermere for them. [...]

On Occam’s Razor and “Rational Investigation”

27 September, 2013 // 1 Comment

During the ‘Future of Ghost Investigations’ panel I sat on in early September we were asked ‘what equipment do you find is useful in apparition studies?’¬†Another panelist, John Fraser of the Society for Psychical Research, took a different approach to answering this question and suggested “rational and logical [...]

Video: The Future of Ghost Investigations Panel

27 September, 2013 // 0 Comments

Over the Weekend of September 6th I sat on a panel at the Seriously Strange Conference hosted by the Association of the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. The panel was about the Future of Ghost Investigations. You can watch the panel [...]

How to be a Ghost Buster!

16 September, 2013 // 1 Comment

This Halloween I am going to be delivering a free workshop at Bradford on Avon library for children aged 10+ called: HOW TO BE A GHOST BUSTER! A HANDS ON INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION! We will explore: - How to spot fake ghosts – Why people see things that aren’t there – How to investigate ghosts using [...]
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