Belief

My journey into non-belief

22 June, 2014 // 9 Comments

I recently wrote on my social media accounts that I no longer identified with the skeptic movement and followed this up with a blog post explaining what I meant. A small group of people from the skeptic movement claimed I was merely seeking attention and I took the blog post down because I didn’t want to be forced into a dialogue [...]

Annoying the ghost hunters…

1 April, 2014 // 2 Comments

The other day I cancelled my ASSAP membership and summarised my reasons for doing so in a blog post here. This has made some people unhappy and I’ve been called a few names and had other remarks made about me and my blog in an attempt, I think, to upset me. However, there were also several people who got in touch with their own similar [...]

Delusional and Woo.

1 January, 2014 // 8 Comments

I’m going to cut to the chase – it’s patronising to tell people they’re deluded and harming themselves and others based on what they believe in. We all have delusions of some sort, and if they’re harmful the chances are that individual will have a care network already in place – GP, social workers, care workers, [...]

Belief in Ghosts is rising: Looking beyond the headline claims

13 October, 2013 // 9 Comments

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. More than half of those taking part (52 per cent) said they believed in the supernatural, a marked increase on the two previous comparable studies, in 2009 and 2005, which both found [...]

Please stop calling our guests “mad”.

29 May, 2013 // 3 Comments

The people we interview on the Be Reasonable podcast often share ideas and beliefs that are way out there. I get that. There are occasions during the interviews where I sit in stunned silence wondering how to proceed with the next question. It’s a bit of adventure really, because you never know what claim someone is going to come out with [...]

The power of ‘What?’

29 July, 2012 // 6 Comments

When presented with a paranormal claim there are two routes of thought you can take. 1 – Dismiss it. Ghosts/PSI/Monsters are unproven so it can’t be that. Case closed. 2 – Explore it. Ghosts/PSI/Monsters are unproven so it can’t be that… so what could it be? I prefer the second option. Especially when approached by [...]

Turning your back on nonsense

26 June, 2012 // 7 Comments

In reflecting my previous blog post called ‘When claims of authority fall flat on their face’ I realise I was too quick to judge the Bomber County Paranormal team. Since writing my criticism is has been brought to my attention that Kerry, who is the founder and organizer of the group, is attempting to turn the team into a rational one after [...]
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