Why I’ll No Longer Speak at ‘Seriously Strange’

Hayley speaking at an event

I was invited to speak at the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena’s [ASSAP] upcoming ‘Seriously Strange’ conference at the University of Bath in September 2017. I accepted the invitation and Continue reading

Belief in Ghosts is rising: Looking beyond the headline claims

In September there was much news coverage about how a study conducted by YouGov showed that belief in ghosts has risen. Examples here at The Metro and The Telegraph. I was at the conference that the results of this study were announced at and I was instantly interested in finding out more, so when I got home I started digging through past studies to find which 2005 and 2009 studies the results had been compared to, but I had some difficulty because the poll information being written about was not obtainable anywhere. Continue reading

On shunning the non-believers

Yesterday I got told off for being rude on a Facebook thread because I used sarcasm in response to somebody dismissing people because they spell skeptic with a K instead of a C. The person, who seems to harbour a deep hatred of the letter K, actually has bigger issues with people being all rational about ghosts and whatnot. They’ll deny it because they sometimes attend their local Skeptics in the Pub events (Really). They is all down with that doubt shit, innit? Continue reading

The ghost hunters are alright

This weekend I attended the Seriously Strange Conference hosted at the University of Bath by the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP). I was a panelist on the Sunday and have been a paying member of ASSAP for many years, but I attended the whole event with my mum because it was close to where we live and had a great programme. I was very aware of the fact that I was a skeptic attending a paranormal conference and that there may be some tension around that , but actually, I need not have worried because the audience was a diverse mix of believers and non-believers, and as one speaker pointed out during the weekend ‘we are all skeptics in one way or another’.

There were a couple of talks that I felt didn’t belong at the conference because of their irrational nature, but overall it was a very informative weekend and it was great to catch up with friends, and meet people I’d only ever spoken to online before. The panels studied whether UFOs were different to other Anomalous Phenomena or not, Whether Poltergeist phenomena fell under the same heading as Hauntings, Multi-disciplinary approaches to the investigation & research of Anomalous Phenomena, and Anomalistic Psychology and Parapsychology were both covered extensively too. Continue reading