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Enough with all of these Weight Loss Scams!

31 July, 2013 // 3 Comments

Every day I seem to be bombarded with adverts that tell me how easily I can lose weight if I use certain ‘miracle’ products’, or how I could lower my chances of cancer or other illnesses by taking certain supplements or eating certain foods. These adverts and claims are especially prevalent on Facebook – especially in those [...]

What can we learn from Derek Acorah?

15 May, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Sun newspaper reported today that self-proclaimed psychic, Derek Acorah, had said that missing child Madeline McCann was dead. The newspaper quoted Acorah as saying: I know her parents are convinced Maddie is alive and I’m really sorry – but the little one has been over in the spirit world for some time. I don’t think she’ll be [...]

Testing Psychic Sally Morgan

29 October, 2011 // 26 Comments

*edit* My initial concerns over Sally Morgan not being given the chance to ‘design’ the test she was being asked to undertake have been addressed by Professor Chris French who has pointed out that although media coverage of the challenge didn’t lay emphasis on it, the test is adaptable with her input. I apologise for being [...]

Misleading the misled

10 June, 2011 // 6 Comments

Sometimes, when it comes to the world of ghosts and haunted houses and claims of paranormal phenomena, things are not as clear cut as they initially seem. Sometimes wrong and right aren’t options one can choose at ease and as a skeptic and a humanist, I sometimes find myself resisting the urge to head-butt my desk and over and over at the [...]

Paranormal television

12 June, 2010 // 1 Comment

For nearly as long as I can remember there have been television shows where people go to a haunted location with a night vision camcorder or two, turn off the lights and get scared and then call it a paranormal investigation. Bit of a misrepresentation, but there we go… These shows have always been very entertaining even though some people [...]