Is there anybody there?

17 February, 2012 // 1 Comment

In January I spoke for the Centre For Inquiry about ghosts, ghost hunting and ghost hunters. The CFI have since made the video of the talk available and I have embedded it below. This was a brand new talk I hadn’t delivered before, there was also an issue with the sound and I was also suffering from a throat infection. Apart from that though [...]

Intimidation as a distraction

16 February, 2012 // 7 Comments

You may remember that a while ago I blogged about a man called Don Philip who in involved with a paranormal group called GSI UK. After I was critical of the methods they used on investigations I was subjected to abuse from Don. You can read about it here and here, but to summarise the experience, rather than answer the criticisms as I had offered [...]

The Animal Panel at QED

14 February, 2012 // 1 Comment

It has recently been announced that I am going to be speaking on ‘The Animal Panel’ at the QED Conference in March 2012. This is the second QED conference and will be the second time I’ve spoken on a panel for them and I’m very excited to be doing so. I will be speaking alongside Deborah Hyde and Joe Nickell (who both have [...]

Brian McClinton thinks I’m trying to censor people?

5 February, 2012 // 13 Comments

Brian McClinton from the Humanist Associatio of Northern Ireland today claimed that the ASA adjudication against HOTS Bath was wrong and potentially a freedom of speech issue, during an interview with the BBC’s ‘everyday ethics’ programme (you can listen directly here) I find this extremely disappointing. The premise of the [...]

Healing claims being made across the UK

4 February, 2012 // 7 Comments

I didn’t know that ‘Healing on the Streets’ (HOTS) was as widespread a group in the UK as it is. I did a search on Facebook a day or so ago and found dozens of branches of HOTS who operate in their local areas. It turns out that they may be making similar claims to those the Bath group were, that the ASA ruled were in breach of [...]

‘but atheist Hayley Stevens…’

4 February, 2012 // 4 Comments

I recently wrote about the complaint I made to the ASA about a group of people who were making claims about treating specific illnesses through prayer. Since writing my blog post it was picked up by the media and just… well… exploded. Bath Chronicle | Fox News | Daily Mail | BBC News | Western Daily Press I know there is more coverage [...]

Grow up, Mr Philip!

1 February, 2012 // 2 Comments

I really don’t want to write much more about Don Philip and the GSI UK team because I have much more important stuff to be concentrating on, but Don just doesn’t seem to understand my points and I want to round things off with a final post here. Trystan Swale has written about Don and GSI here and here, and in the comments of the first [...]
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