A post has recently been made over on the Bad Thinking blog that criticises “paranormalists” for generally not “liking science”. Although I have previously written about ‘the anti-science bias of ghost hunters‘ my criticisms were specific. There were several things said in the Bad Thinking piece that I want to address as I feel the accusations being made were actually quite unfair.
The blog post opens with the statement that ‘promoters of the paranormal, the supernatural, quack medicine and every other off-the-wall claim all seem to dislike science’ which is quite a generalisation. I’m not sure who qualifies as a “promoter of the paranormal” – mainly as the post goes on to lump together people who make paranormal claims with those who believe in paranormal ideas. Continue reading
Sally Morgan regularly dismisses the criticisms and questions from people who doubt her claims to have psychic ability. She ignores the requests to allow her abilities to be tested in controlled conditions, her staff members harass people outside of her shows who are handing out information to the general public, and she tells the media that her critics send her regular death threats in what I can only perceive as an attempt to attach that stigma on any skeptic who dares to openly question her… Continue reading
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 isn’t enough to point out that ghosts aren’t real, sometimes we have to stand up and say “what’s happening here isn’t right”, and what’s happening here isn’t right. Continue reading
We’re all familiar with the classic ghost story trope. A family moves into a beautiful new home, confident that the new life they’re going to start there will be joyful and then weird things start to happen. They catch shadowy figures out of the corners of their eyes, can’t quite shake the feeling that they’re not alone – perhaps their child will talk to someone who is not there, things will move, neighbours give them a knowing look… then we reach the crescendo of the story in which their child gets dragged through a portal, it turns out that they are the ghosts all along or they get raped by a ghost wearing a gimp suit. Continue reading