believers

Do 34% Of Brits Believe In Ghosts?

1 November, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sun newspaper recently commissioned a poll from YouGov to see what percentage of the population believed in paranormal things, such as haunted houses, ghosts, and the ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead. They found that ‘one in four British people (39%) believe that a house can be haunted by some kind of supernatural [...]

Sexism: A Symptom Of Skepticism?

12 September, 2014 // 1 Comment

I am a skeptic because I evaluate claims using skepticism and rational inquiry but I do not identify with the skeptic movement for reasons I have stated previously on my blog. Today an article on Buzzfeed by Mark Oppenheimer asked the question ‘Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?‘ As Betteridge’s law of headlines [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

On shunning the non-believers

4 October, 2013 // 7 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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