criticism

GSOW: ‘we have a private forum & we’re fine with that’

29 June, 2014 // 2 Comments

‘Nothing shady goes on in our secret forum, honest. You’ll have to take my word for it though, ‘cos it’s private. We’d let you join, but we can’t. Not even our friends get to join.’ The above is my personal summary of a rebuttal written by the team leader of the Dutch language group of the Guerrilla [...]

I went to a Creationist Zoo for Darwin Day and this is what I found

12 February, 2014 // 24 Comments

The animals went in two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah! On this day in 1809 Charles Darwin was born. Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that [...]

On Guerrilla Skepticism & Skeptical Outreach

16 October, 2013 // 21 Comments

I feel that I need to clarify myself after a comment I made on Twitter about the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Project has caused confusion. Things like the Guerrilla Skepticism Campaign make the work of skeptic paranormal researchers bloody difficult by causing mistrust. — Hayley Stevens (@Hayleystevens) October 13, 2013 The Guerrilla [...]

The very amusing “What are you so afraid of?” question

29 April, 2013 // 2 Comments

Those not familiar with Don Philips and the GSI Paranormal team can read past posts of mine about them by clicking this link here. To summarise, Don and his team often demonstrate pseudo-scientific techniques on their ghost hunts and make outrageous claims about spirits they encounter and then “exorcise”. Whenever anybody has [...]

Grow up, Mr Philips!

1 February, 2012 // 2 Comments

I really don’t want to write much more about Don Philips and the GSI UK team because I have much more important stuff to be concentrating on but Don just doesn’t seem to understand my points and I want to round things off with a final post here. Trystan Swale has written about Don and GSI here and here, and in the comments of the first [...]

How Not To React To Constructive Criticism

28 January, 2012 // 33 Comments

If you believe in ghosts and you base that belief on ideas that are not rooted in evidence or facts then the chances are that somebody at some point is going to question you about them. If you start making factual-sounding claims based on those beliefs that aren’t evidence based, then it’s very likely somebody is going to question [...]

The Paranormal 5: A review (cont.)

24 May, 2011 // 3 Comments

Part one of this review can be found here Episode Four - the team meet a little boy sent up a chimney to his death Locations visited: Shoe shop, Gloucestershire & Country hotel, Petty France Reported activity at the shoe shop: - Spoons resting on a cloth in the kitchen were ‘flung’ onto the floor - Often smell smoke or floral [...]