A ghost hunters privilege

29 July, 2011 // 7 Comments

The hundreds of ghost hunting teams in the UK create a unique market that can be sold products and services that the normal consumer wouldn’t consider parting with their money for. From Iphone applications and devices that are supposed to be able to help you work out if a ghost is causing a reported oddity, books on how to hunt ghosts and [...]

Respect is earned: A follow on

25 July, 2011 // 7 Comments

After writing my initial blog post about the complaint group on Facebook, I got into a discussion on the group wall about what the creator of the group felt was being misinterpreted by the BBC that warranted a complaint. Here is the dialogue: Hayley: Could you explain what you mean about them not having a concept of what mediumship is? What is [...]

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 [...]
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