Ghost Hunting Goes Wrong Because We’re Human

I used to believe that ghosts were real and that I communicated with them while on ghost investigations and I can remember how powerful that made me feel. As the founder of the paranormal team I would often be the one who led the seances or the glass divination or table tipping… I’d be the one who called out to see if I could encourage a reaction from the ghosts that we were convinced were present.  When the glass moved in response to questions or when something happened that we thought was significant it would make me feel a real buzz to have instigated that response. Continue reading Ghost Hunting Goes Wrong Because We’re Human

The Harm Of Belief: Does Believing In Ghost Make You Vulnerable?

Yesterday evening I spoke to the Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub group. It was a really enjoyable evening and I was glad to have been invited to speak by the organisers. Several people in the audience asked me about the potential for belief in paranormal ideas to cause harm to the believer and whether I personally think it’s okay for people to believe spiritualist ideas if they’re not harming others. These were some good topics to discuss but I didn’t have the chance to talk in depth about them at the time and I want to address them here. Continue reading The Harm Of Belief: Does Believing In Ghost Make You Vulnerable?

When Ghost Investigators See Ghosts

The investigator is supposed to be a rational figure who enters the scene, looks at the evidence and solves the case with an explanation that was right in front of everyone the whole time. Yet sometimes the investigator becomes an eye-witness. I sometimes see ghosts. Continue reading When Ghost Investigators See Ghosts

Lembit Öpik Said What About ESP?!

One of the subjects on the latest episode (S8 E8) of The Big Questions was ‘Are we right to dismiss astrology?’ The discussion was prompted after an interview with Conservative MP David Tredinnick (who sits on the Commons Health Committee) was published in the Astrological Journal quoting him as saying “I do foresee that one day astrology will have a role to play in healthcare.” He also claimed that opposition to astrology is based on superstition, ignorance and prejudice. Continue reading Lembit Öpik Said What About ESP?!