The Anti-Science Bias Of Ghost Hunters

11 April, 2015 // 6 Comments

I wrote previously about a research team at Clarkson University headed up by Professor Shane Rogers that seek to establish whether there is a link between air quality and strange experiences people often associate with a haunting or with ghosts. Rogers said “experiences reported in many hauntings are similar to mental or neurological symptoms [...]

“Feel like a Mulder, Question like a Scully”

5 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve written before about the moment on a case investigation when something happens and you’re not quite sure what is going on and it’s equal parts exciting and equal parts intriguing. I think that’s the closest you can get to feeling like Mulder and Scully on one of their more adventurous cases. Sure, it might end up to be [...]

Book Review: Abominable Science

4 April, 2015 // 1 Comment

Abominable Science! authored by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero is one of those books that comes along and makes the world a better place. A rare treat that you didn’t know you needed until you had it in your hands. The combination of good research, good references and an honest, open-minded yet critical outlook turns Abominable Science! [...]

Is Mould Haunting You? Maybe, Say Scientists

3 April, 2015 // 3 Comments

This is really fascinating. Researchers at Clarkson University are studying whether the air quality in reportedly haunted buildings could contribute to the ghostly experiences had there by comparing samples from “haunted” buildings to air samples at “non-haunted” buildings. Medicaldaily reported that ‘since toxic [...]

Para-Unity Makes A Mockery Of Everybody

31 March, 2015 // 3 Comments

Para-unity. It’s all that a lot of ghost hunters go on about these days and it gives me a headache because on the surface it’s presented as a movement to bond the diverse people involved in paranormal research but underneath the happy surface lurks something not so pleasant. If “para-unity” was just about getting on with [...]

JREF In Forgetting-Women Shocker?

30 March, 2015 // 3 Comments

Some people have reacted in horror, anger and confusion as the James Randi Education Foundation (JREF) revealed the confirmed speakers for their 2015 conference, The Amazing Meeting. Why? Because there are 20 men and 2 women and, out of these 22 speakers 21 are white. So much diversity! There are more speakers to be announced for TAM 2015 and I [...]

Ghost Event Company In Being-Insensitive Shocker!

22 March, 2015 // 3 Comments

Simply Paranormal UK, who charge the public to attend ghost-hunting themed events at allegedly haunted places across the country (“act like what them people on the TV do for a night and pay us for the privilege”) have caused offense after referring to a now-closed mental health treatment centre as a “lunatic asylum” in [...]

How Ghost Evidence Is Rated And How People Get It Wrong

20 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

The plural of anecdote is not data.  It’s a rule that anyone involved in paranormal research, even casually, is familiar with. The things that we experience are open to our personal biases and the biases of those around us – not to mention the flawed memory that we have to contend with when trying to accurately recall something that [...]

Ghost Hunting Goes Wrong Because We’re Human

13 March, 2015 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

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

12 March, 2015 // 2 Comments

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 [...]
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