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 [...]

In which I solve my own mystery

26 July, 2012 // 5 Comments

Today I was the first colleague to enter the building I work in, and as I was setting up the Box Office I heard someone walking up the steps on the other side of the foyer and going through the door at the top which leads into our auditorium. I thought this was strange as nobody was supposed to be going into the auditorium and I hadn’t seen [...]

This is not the snake you are looking for

25 July, 2012 // 0 Comments

My local paper, The Wiltshire Times, ran a story on Monday 23rd July detailing how the owner of a six-foot-long Boa Constrictor in Chippenahm, Wiltshire informed police that the snake was missing which prompted a police investigation into its whereabouts. They asked anyone with information about where the snake is to contact the police via the [...]

So you’ve seen a dodgy advert…

14 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

I get loads of emails and Facebook messages from strangers telling me about dodgy advertising they’ve discovered that they think breaches the CAP codes, as though the idea that people make false claims in adverts is shocking and new. Sadly it isn’t, and even before I was involved with the Righteous Indignation Podcast (through which [...]

Brains or Beauty? Meh.

14 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

My mum sometimes reads ‘Take a Break’ magazine and I sneak a look to see what sort of features they’re running that might be of interest to the more skeptically minded woman. Today’s find was a readers vote asking:  What gets you further in life – being clever or looking good? Would you prefer to be like TV presenter [...]

Religious Bullies

10 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

Cross posted from The Heresy Club Last week the The Wiltshire Times reported that Forty Sikh militants locked themselves in the Kembrey Street temple in Swindon to stop a Sikh woman marrying a Christian man of West African background. They locked the doors and gates of the Gurdwara, near Kembrey Park, before leaving more than six hours later. [...]
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