Don’t call them ignorant

26 February, 2012 // 7 Comments

A while ago Professor Brian Cox called people who had complained to the BBC about an earlier statement he had made about ghosts a nobber. I blogged to say that if him calling the complainants ‘nobbers’ made him a nobber it also made me one too. I still think people perceived Cox as saying people who believed in ghosts were [...]

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 [...]
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