Auctioning James Randi Memorabilia in aid of skeptical outreach!

11 October, 2012 // 4 Comments

When the JREF heard that I was raising money to get people to QEDcon next year by offering people who donated the chance to win geeky prizes they got in touch and offered to send me some ‘James Randi goodies’ to help with the fundraising. I eagerly accepted the kind offer and soon afterwards two parcels arrived in the post from the US. [...]

Unenlightened spirit communication – ‘yes or no’ devices

7 October, 2012 // 13 Comments

As part of the talk I deliver to Skeptics in the Pub groups I often touch upon how modern ghost hunters are often just upgraded seance participants of the past whose main aim is to talk to ghosts. The only thing that has changed is the medium they use to communicate with them through. In times gone by that medium would be a table (for table [...]

“What Doctors Don’t tell you”

27 September, 2012 // 26 Comments

Andy Lewis of the Quackometer tweeted a photo of a magazine called ‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ that, on just the front cover, boasts some very concerning health advice, while possibly encouraging a mistrust of trained health professionals. I was personally shocked that trusted high street stores would stock such a publication, [...]

Gossip, skeptics, and the mystery man

25 September, 2012 // 15 Comments

Inappropriate behaviour happens. That is a fact. Another fact is that such behaviour happens around us all, often without us seeing it for what it is. That shouldn’t be something we’re afraid to admit. Yet many are. The skeptical community – just like many social communities built up around like-minded thinking or circumstances [...]

The Stone Tape Projector – Science?

19 September, 2012 // 10 Comments

The ‘Psychic and Science‘ stage show stars alleged psychic Derek Acorah, and television “historian” Richard Felix, who both worked on most Haunted together when it was still on air. The shows website entices potential audience members… Experience amazing and incredible sights and occurrences as the two celebrity [...]

The ghosts of Widowhood

8 September, 2012 // 0 Comments

Originally written for The Heresy Club We are all haunted. If not by ghosts, by death – our inevitable death and the death of those around us. In 1971 the British Medical Journal published a paper by W Dewi Rees called ‘The Hallucinations of Widowhood’ [1] that detailed how 293 widows and widowers were interviewed to determine [...]

Time wasting, inner peace, and the things you can’t change

4 September, 2012 // 3 Comments

“Let me remember that the impact of criticism is often not the intent of the critic, but when the intent is evil, that’s what the block button’s for. And when I eat my critique, let me be able to separate the good advice from the bitter herbs.” A friend upon seeing me stress out because of drama brought about my unchangable people [...]

Unethical ghost hunters play detective

2 September, 2012 // 21 Comments

update 30/05/13: This is still happening, and despite pleas for the ghost group to not make claims about Keith, they continue to do so while also contacting Ian Brady, who murdered Keith, in prison with their so-called Evidence. I do not know what can be done to stop this, and just feel very sad for the Bennett family. Murdered Keith [...]
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