“There’s no such thing as ghosts”.

4 June, 2012 // 5 Comments

“There’s no such thing as ghosts.” “There’s no such thing as lake monsters.” “There’s no such thing as fairies.” The burden of proof is something that people get acquainted with pretty early on when they become aware of the skeptical evaluation of claims. People making claims are required to [...]

I was right

1 June, 2012 // 12 Comments

In the piece I wrote for the Skeptical Inqurier about my encounter with ‘Healing on the Streets’, the ASA complaint and the following media attention I closed the article with the following quote. I think my story demonstrates one very important thing: standing up for what we know is right and speaking out against what we know is wrong [...]

Don Philips Surpasses Himself!

29 May, 2012 // 7 Comments

I’ve blogged before about the unprofessional and unethical antics of Don Philip who promotes himself as a top investigator of ghost phenomena in the UK. With numerous TV appearances and public events to his name it is quite worrying. Today Steve Parsons posted a screengrab from Don Philips on Facebook that blew away anything I’ve [...]

An Outcome In The ASA ‘praying for healing’ Appeal

28 May, 2012 // 9 Comments

The complaint I made to the ASA about Healing on the Streets (HOTS) Bath was originally upheld by the ASA with the following:  The ads must not appear again in their current form. We told HOTS not to make claims which stated or implied that, by receiving prayer from their volunteers, people could be healed of medical conditions. We also told them [...]

A Rather Unconvincing Haunting

19 May, 2012 // 46 Comments

Very recently The Sun Newspaper ran a story titled ‘Mum and baby son are forced out of their house by ghosts’. This, however, wasn’t a typical story about a family fleeing their home because of weird things happening there and asking for help. This was the story of Vanessa Mitchell who is so scared of her haunted house that she [...]

What can we learn from Derek Acorah?

15 May, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Sun newspaper reported today that self-proclaimed psychic, Derek Acorah, had said that missing child Madeline McCann was dead. The newspaper quoted Acorah as saying: I know her parents are convinced Maddie is alive and I’m really sorry – but the little one has been over in the spirit world for some time. I don’t think she’ll be [...]

Doubt & Death

10 May, 2012 // 5 Comments

When I believed in ghosts I would think of the deceased as being above me, looking down upon us all. I would think I could speak to them and they’d hear me and I find it a little sad that I can no longer talk to the room and sincerely believe that they’ll know what I’m saying since they no longer exist except within memories. [...]

What are you doing, pro-choice allies?!

4 May, 2012 // 17 Comments

I’ve just read a really interesting blog post by Jen McCreight in which she Liveblogged a talk by Abby Johnson called ‘do women have too many rights?’ at the University of Washington, sponsored by Students for Life of America and the Catholic Newman Center. Throughout the talk Johnson promoted nonsense ideas that Jen touches [...]
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