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 Philips!

1 February, 2012 // 2 Comments

I really don’t want to write much more about Don Philips 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 [...]

Healing on the Streets & why I am not ‘a group generally opposed to Christianity’

1 February, 2012 // 66 Comments

Last year on a visit to the city Bath I became aware of a group of people who called themselves ‘Healing on the Streets” (HOTS) who were outside the cathedral offering to help people with various illnesses be healed by god. It was concerning but I didn’t think much of it at the time as I was distracted and I put the leaflet I was [...]

A Face At The Window?

30 January, 2012 // 7 Comments

Quite a lot of people have been in touch with me about a recent ghost photo that has been doing the rounds. At first I wasn’t going to write about it at all as I’ve seen it covered elsewhere. However given the amount of people getting in touch via my site I’ll share my thoughts here. The BBC recently ran a piece on a photograph [...]

How Not To React To Constructive Criticism

28 January, 2012 // 33 Comments

If you believe in ghosts and you base that belief on ideas that are not rooted in evidence or facts then the chances are that somebody at some point is going to question you about them. If you start making factual-sounding claims based on those beliefs that aren’t evidence based, then it’s very likely somebody is going to question [...]

The cost of an opinion

17 January, 2012 // 2 Comments

What is the cost of an opinion? It could be a libel case with hundreds of thousands of pounds, or perhaps a smear campaign online trying to discredit you. It could be nastier – you could be threatened with violence by your peers, your job could be threatened with a well placed and malicious complaint, or perhaps you will be told that someone [...]

What Can Grassroots Skeptics Do About Ghost Hunting?

16 January, 2012 // 1 Comment

I’ve often been asked how grassroots skeptics and grassroots skeptic organisations (such as ‘skeptics in the pub’ groups) can deal with pseudo-scientific ghost hunting teams on a local level. This was also a point raised by the lovely Andy Wilson who hosted the ‘Ghost Investigations Today’ panel at QEDcon in February [...]

Examples of EVP

15 January, 2012 // 6 Comments

Yesterday I spoke at the ‘Centre For Inquiry’ event, ‘Beyond the Veil’, at Conway Hall in London. Part of my talk included some examples of EVP recordings. The plan was to play the EVP recording and ask the audience to see if they could hear what was being said, before revealing what the alleged ghost was thought to be [...]

Childish confusion?

28 December, 2011 // 1 Comment

There was an interesting article published by ‘The Weston Mercury’ today about some of the stranger things people have reported to the Avon & Somerset Constabulary over the past few years. Things like: Aliens – including UFOs, lights in the sky and little green men – prompted the most calls, with 32 such reports. One caller [...]
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