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Why you should go to the Seriously Strange conference

4 July, 2013 // 0 Comments

When tickets for this years Seriously Strange conference hosted by the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) went on sale I bought mine immediately. The conference takes place at the University of Bath in September and boasts a wide variety of speakers talking about numerous subjects that should whet the appetite of [...]

Healing on the Streets: One Year on

5 February, 2013 // 2 Comments

In one weeks time a petition that states ‘I believe that God can heal’ will come to an end. Launched in early 2012 the petition calls on the UK Government to … ensure that publishing statements of faith is not banned. This petition is put forward following cases where the Advertising Standards Agency [ASA] has banned Christian [...]

A few bits of news

23 January, 2013 // 0 Comments

Today I have updated the Project Barnum website with extra resources and useful information. A new initiative has been added to the site to get people to share their experiences after visiting Psychic Stage Shows. The aim is to get people to tell us their thoughts, and to take along Project Barnum ‘How to spot cold reading‘ check lists [...]

I was right

1 June, 2012 // 12 Comments

In the piece I wrote for the Skeptical Inqurier about my encounter with ‘Healing on the Streets’, the ASA complaint and the following media attention I closed the article with the following quote. I think my story demonstrates one very important thing: standing up for what we know is right and speaking out against what we know is wrong [...]

An outcome in the ASA ‘praying for healing’ appeal

28 May, 2012 // 9 Comments

The complaint I made to the ASA about Healing on the Streets (HOTS) Bath was originally upheld by the ASA with the following:  The ads must not appear again in their current form. We told HOTS not to make claims which stated or implied that, by receiving prayer from their volunteers, people could be healed of medical conditions. We also told them [...]

‘but atheist Hayley Stevens…’

4 February, 2012 // 4 Comments

I recently wrote about the complaint I made to the ASA about a group of people who were making claims about treating specific illnesses through prayer. Since writing my blog post it was picked up by the media and just… well… exploded. Bath Chronicle | Fox News | Daily Mail | BBC News | Western Daily Press I know there is more coverage [...]