Shoulder to shoulder

22 August, 2012 // 2 Comments

I got my copy of New Humanist in the post today and in the editorial there is a section titled ‘The side of the angels?’ that opens with Even if you’re not the kind of person who picks fights with religion, it can sometimes be hard to avoid confrontation. On so many issues arising in our secular society, religion seems to be on [...]

Shadows in the sky

20 August, 2012 // 7 Comments

The Anomalist points towards this article where it is suggested that the black lines that often accompany so-called Chemtrails are NOT shadows like suggested and that this explanation can be dismissed. This is a great demonstration of Confirmation Bias because the explanation for these dark lines being caused by shadows of the contrails caused by [...]

Illusions and the sneeze that brought down a wall

19 August, 2012 // 0 Comments

My good friend Bob Dezon shared this link with me. What happens if you generate random shapes and feed them to face recognition software? It tuns out that it starts to recognise faces in the random shapes and starts to define them. You can try it out for yourself here – it’s almost magical! Robert, a friend of mine pointed out that [...]

A conversation about Sasquatch

12 August, 2012 // 41 Comments

How can a person know a sound they hear is a Sasquatch if they cannot see the alleged Sasquatch, and if it isn’t on verifiable  record what a Sasquatch sounds like? That is the question I asked Matt Moneymaker on Twitter that led to him telling me I wasn’t old enough to understand and should go an ask my parents. His reasoning was [...]

The problems with the latest Nessie photo

12 August, 2012 // 4 Comments

For just over a week I have attempted and failed to contact George Edwards who took the latest photo it is claimed shows the Loch Ness Monster. Clashing work schedules coupled with  a busy season for Loch Ness boat tours means being able to chat just hasn’t happened so I haven’t been able to get answers to the questions I have about [...]

My trip to Camp Quest: Engaging with children

31 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

I was invited to give a talk at Camp Quest about the things that make us mistakenly think we’ve seen a ghost. I approached this subject by talking about the two things that often make eye witness testimony impossible to trust as a true account of what took place. [...]

The power of ‘What?’

29 July, 2012 // 6 Comments

When presented with a paranormal claim there are two routes of thought you can take. 1 – Dismiss it. Ghosts/PSI/Monsters are unproven so it can’t be that. Case closed. 2 – Explore it. Ghosts/PSI/Monsters are unproven so it can’t be that… so what could it be? I prefer the second option. Especially when approached by [...]
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