Slenderman: Myths, Murder and Humanity

5 June, 2014 // 0 Comments

In her book The Biology of Violence, Neuroscientist Debra Niehof, after twenty years of studying whether genes or the environment make people violent, explains that both biological and environmental factors are influences and that particular types of stimulation – such as films, News coverage, or other sorts of media, are not going to [...]

So, Most Haunted is coming back…

4 June, 2014 // 3 Comments

Lots of people have been asking me what I think about both Most Haunted making a return, and many cast members leaving the Ghost Hunters (TAPS) team. To cut a long answer short: To elaborate, these shows have nothing to do with paranormal research. I’ve written about why in more detail before, but ultimately these shows are created to appeal [...]

The 5 Weirdest Things People Have Said To Me

30 May, 2014 // 2 Comments

I recently read a Cracked feature called ’5 things I learned as a Ghost Hunter’ and, although I don’t agree with everything (e.g. EVP are not evidence of ghosts) I was filled with relief to discover that I am not the only ghost researcher to have had the “I’ve got bugs crawling out of my vagina” phone call. When [...]

I bought my psychic powers online

23 May, 2014 // 1 Comment

Magicians can spot tricks a mile off which means that for decades they have been the rationalists right hand man when it comes to exposing phoney psychics for the tricksters they are.  Using simple-yet-effective tricks to make people think you have psychic abilities when you don’t without disclosing the fact that you are using these tricks [...]

My activism isn’t led by battle cry

19 May, 2014 // 3 Comments

For years now I have submitted complaints to Trading Standards and the Advertising Standards Authority about dodgy health claims I see people making to advertise their products. I’d personally rather make sure that people and companies advertise their products or services in a way that complies with CAP codes (advertising codes). Even if [...]

Gail Parminter on Gender & Advertising

17 May, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gail Parminter gave a talk at TEDx Bradford on Avon in 2012 about gender and advertising. I was present for this event but re-visited this talk recently after finding this article about a patronising advert selling bourbon. They patronise both women and the majority of men as dumb sissies. I drink bourbon… I also build my own [...]

Boris bikes for BoA? Donelan is cycling up the wrong track

17 May, 2014 // 2 Comments

On May 13th Mayor of London, Boris Johnson visited the local area and spent some time chatting to Michelle Donelan (who is standing to be the next Member of Parliament for the Chippenham constituency which covers Chippenham, Corsham, Bradford on Avon, Melksham and the surrounding villages) who, on her blog, states how she asked Johnson for his [...]
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