A hat tip

25 April, 2014 // 7 Comments

Over at the Huffington Post Rodney Schmaltz has written a great piece called ‘Battling Psychics and Ghosts: The Need for Scientific Skepticism‘ in which he discusses how society are constantly ‘bombarded with pseudo-science’ in various forms. He points out that ‘people who buy into these pseudo-scientific claims are [...]

Retiring Project Barnum

23 April, 2014 // 0 Comments

I have retired Project Barnum, the no-frills resource that educated people about psychic trickery for a number of years. There are several reasons that led me to this decision and I wanted to discuss some of them here. Project Barnum was first launched when the drama about whether Sally Morgan had used an earpiece in a Dublin show was going [...]

David Cameron: the terrible Christian

18 April, 2014 // 5 Comments

One of the teachers at my Church of England Primary School used to tell us children that a good Christian treated others as they wished to be treated themselves. She would explain that even the smallest kind gesture would make others think well of you and of your testimony in Christ. We were taught that good Christians were selfless, kind, [...]

The 360 Solution

18 April, 2014 // 3 Comments

I liken my paranormal research to solving one of those picture puzzles where you’re not told what the final picture will be. You can have lots of pieces of the puzzle that make up some image that is sort of recognisable, but without all of the pieces of the puzzle it is nearly impossible to say for sure what the final picture looks like. In [...]

IS IT A GHOST?

16 April, 2014 // 0 Comments

I guess I have a reputation for being weird. My friends, family and followers send me links to weird news stories every single day. As much as I wish I could blog about every weird news story that passes in front of me I can’t, yet I think it is important to highlight the weird obsession the media have with uncritically publishing every odd [...]

Taking out the garbage: on approaching Skeptical Activism

14 April, 2014 // 14 Comments

For me, skeptical activism is all about information and how it is communicated with the world. I’m a grassroots skeptic activist, so good activism is all about how rational information is shared – but how successful your skeptical activism is depends upon how you measure success. Just getting someone to consider my point of view for a [...]

The imaginary brain tumour they tried to cure with homoeopathy

10 April, 2014 // 5 Comments

Last month I visited The Healthy Life in Devizes, Wiltshire and told the woman behind the counter that I suffered from persistent headaches that bordered on migraines for three or four days at a time that often made me nauseous. I told the woman that nothing I bought from a chemist touched the pain and that I wasn’t able to sleep because of [...]
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