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 [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin: A Conclusion

8 March, 2015 // 1 Comment

For the last nine weeks I have been scouring the news to find the worst ghost related news items to report on. It has been quite a depressing experience that doesn’t bring very much to the table but from which I have drawn a number of interesting conclusions, as follows. It seems that the ghost hunting community has changed a lot since I was [...]

When Ghost Investigators See Ghosts

7 March, 2015 // 1 Comment

The investigator is supposed to be a rational figure who enters the scene, looks at the evidence and solves the case with an explanation that was right in front of everyone the whole time. Yet sometimes the investigator becomes an eye-witness. I sometimes see ghosts. I don’t believe that they are the souls of dead people who have somehow [...]

Lembit Öpik Said What About ESP?!

1 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the subjects on the latest episode (S8 E8) of The Big Questions was ‘Are we right to dismiss astrology?’ The discussion was prompted after an interview with Conservative MP David Tredinnick (who sits on the Commons Health Committee) was published in the Astrological Journal quoting him as saying “I do foresee that one [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #8.5

28 February, 2015 // 1 Comment

It seems that I was a bit premature when I published the Weakly Ghost Bulletin #8 yesterday and there are a few stories that came to my attention after I had published the bulletin. With this in mind I am going to start publishing the WGB on a Sunday in an attempt to avoid this. For now though, here is #8.5 HAS A GHOST BEEN CAUGHT ON FILM AT [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #8

28 February, 2015 // 1 Comment

Update: Extra stories have been added this week in the form of Weakly Ghost Bulletin #8.5! GHOST CAPTURED ON CAMERA WALKING THROUGH AUSTRALIAN WOODS This one confused me for a little bit because I couldn’t tell if it was someone walking down the path in an attempt to look ghostly or if it was the usual suspect – an insect or piece of [...]

Just A Believer Deep Down*

24 February, 2015 // 5 Comments

A popular reaction to the piece I wrote regarding comments made by Amy Bruni has been to assume that I believe in psychics and that I was writing from that perspective. Some even went as far as suggesting that “deep down” I was a believer even if I claim otherwise. The truth is that I don’t believe in psychics, or the ghosts [...]

Britain’s Slenderman: The Evolution Of Ghosts And Monsters

21 February, 2015 // 1 Comment

The character, Slenderman, was created in 2009 in a story posted to the website Something Awful by Eric Knudsen. In January of this year it was claimed by several newspapers that Slenderman had been seen by several people in Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, England. Lee Brickley, who prompted the stories by approaching the media in the first [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #7

21 February, 2015 // 3 Comments

GHOST CHILD SPOTTED IN ABANDONED ORPHANAGE ON GOOGLE STREET VIEW The Metro reports that the above photo ‘which came to light on yesterday Friday 13th [a/n: spooooky], is believed to show a child weeping inside the Victorian red-brick building.’ For those struggling to locate the ghost, look at the bottom left corner of the bottom [...]

Amy Bruni Has A Point…

17 February, 2015 // 28 Comments

I used to identify as part of “the skeptic movement” but after a lot of consideration I stopped doing so after being unable to agree with the actions many took in the name of “skepticism” which, for me, has always been more of a methodology than anything else. I wrote about this a while ago here. Recently, Amy Bruni- who [...]
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