Respect is earned

25 July, 2011 // 5 Comments

This morning on Facebook a friend posted a link to a group on there entitled ‘Complain to the BBC about their unfair treatment of mediums’. I’m sure you can guess what the point of the group is from the title, but the main page of the group says: Today’s Sunday Morning Live show on BBC1 had a debate in which they suggested that [...]

logical people being illogical about what "matters most"

23 July, 2011 // 18 Comments

I liked Amy Winehouse because her voice was awesome and emotive. I saw her dragged through the papers and humiliated for the addictions that she had, and as someone related to an addict or two, I appreciate how hard that can be – especially when you’ve caused the problem through your own destructive behaviour in the first place. Amy [...]

doubt, it’s complicated!

17 July, 2011 // 10 Comments

Perhaps I have this perspective of mine because of the two years I’ve been part of the Righteous Indignation Podcast, or perhaps it is because I come to skepticism as someone who used to hold illogical beliefs? Either way, I cannot help but think that sometimes the people who call themselves skeptics often assume too much about the people [...]

If Cox is a "nobber" then so am I*

12 July, 2011 // 48 Comments

Roy Stemman has been not at all childish in calling Professor Brian Cox a “nobber” in retaliation for Professor Cox daring to say on twitter… “Just heard we got complaints about lack of BBC balance about ghosts – there are some utter nobbers out there! Here is my official statement, which also has the benefit of being [...]

A beginners guide to doubting everything

9 July, 2011 // 7 Comments

I became a skeptic four years ago today. I say that but it’s not entirely accurate, what I should instead write is that ‘I became truly open-minded four years ago today’, and allowed that open-minded approach to seep into all aspects of my life. Until July 9th 2007 I held a belief in ghosts and an afterlife and I accepted the [...]

Lake Monster Mysteries

6 July, 2011 // 12 Comments

I’m really excited to be able to say that the latest episode of the Monster Talk Podcast features an interview with yours truly about the Bownessie lake monster and the Tom Pickles photograph that first really hooked my attention on the case. Hello to those who may have been brought to my blog because of the interview – I want to [...]

The irrational me

24 June, 2011 // 17 Comments

Yesterday I awoke from a dream in which I was attending my own funeral and for the rest of the day I couldn’t shake the idea that I was going to die as I went about my normal routine. I took extra care as I walked to work, I eyed people suspiciously for weapons as they passed me on the street… I avoided a black cat when it crossed my [...]
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