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

1 February, 2012 // 64 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. A few weeks later a [...]

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 [...]

Hayley is a ghost

22 January, 2012 // 22 Comments

When I became tangled up in the web that is ‘paranormal research’ at the age of Eighteen, I did so because I was looking for information and answers. In all the subsequent years I have found information, I have found answers and I have discovered more questions. The more I have learnt, the more I have discovered I do not know. I am [...]

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 [...]

Yet another clarification on ghosts and ethics

17 January, 2012 // 0 Comments

I have been asked to write another clarification by the admin on the ‘Society for Psychical Research (SPR)’ on Facebook group (who does not represent the SPR) regarding my views and opinions on their lack of an formal ethical code. In response to my original blog post about this the admin posted a link to the SPR membership guidelines [...]

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 [...]
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