Paranormal

Ghost Hunters vs. Paranormal Investigators

17 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

Confirmation bias, according to its Wikipedia entry, is ‘the tendency to search for, interpret, or recall information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses’ and we’re all prone to this bias even when we think we’re not. In fact I think it’s fair to say that we’re really good at thinking [...]

A Humanist Ghost Buster

13 May, 2015 // 2 Comments

I stopped believing in ghosts in 2007 and for the first few months I decided that the best use of my time was to explain to others how the things they thought were true were wrong. It bordered on me being almost offended that people could believe such silly things until I realised that I had believed in those things too and it had been really [...]

Being The Token Skeptic: My Experience On BBC Radio West Midlands

1 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

I got a phone call this morning from BBC Radio West Midlands asking if I would go on their show to discuss the sense of presence research that has recently made the headlines again. I agreed because there were a few interesting points I was hoping to make about the research. Firstly, the researchers are not suggesting that their findings can [...]

Please Help Me Make My Video Series

28 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have today launched an Indiegogo campaign in an attempt to fund a video series that I plan to produce to reach a wider audience in a way that isn’t restricted by written word. Can you really find water with dowsing rods? How easy is it to make a ghost hoax go viral? What happens if you lock a skeptic in a haunted house? Why do Ouija boards [...]

The Enfield Haunting: A Contemporary Ghost Researcher Reflects…

21 April, 2015 // 4 Comments

The Enfield Poltergeist case began in 1977 when a set of disturbances started happening in a council house in Enfield, London that would become one of the most famous (some would say infamous) poltergeist cases in the history of the United Kingdom. Peggy Hodgson, a single mother who lived with her four children Margaret, thirteen; Janet, eleven; [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #10

19 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

Can you spot the ghost at the Galleries of Justice Museum? Frankly? No. I can see what looks like a squished up face but years of watching Ghost Webcams as a teenager tells me that this is the pixellation of the photo causing an illusion. This is called the Pareidolia effect. I really like the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham. I visited [...]

“Feel like a Mulder, Question like a Scully”

5 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve written before about the moment on a case investigation when something happens and you’re not quite sure what is going on and it’s equal parts exciting and equal parts intriguing. I think that’s the closest you can get to feeling like Mulder and Scully on one of their more adventurous cases. Sure, it might end up to be [...]

Ghost Event Company In Being-Insensitive Shocker!

22 March, 2015 // 3 Comments

Simply Paranormal UK, who charge the public to attend ghost-hunting themed events at allegedly haunted places across the country (“act like what them people on the TV do for a night and pay us for the privilege”) have caused offense after referring to a now-closed mental health treatment centre as a “lunatic asylum” in [...]

How Ghost Evidence Is Rated And How People Get It Wrong

20 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

The plural of anecdote is not data.  It’s a rule that anyone involved in paranormal research, even casually, is familiar with. The things that we experience are open to our personal biases and the biases of those around us – not to mention the flawed memory that we have to contend with when trying to accurately recall something that [...]

Ghost Hunting Goes Wrong Because We’re Human

13 March, 2015 // 1 Comment

I used to believe that ghosts were real and that I communicated with them while on ghost investigations and I can remember how powerful that made me feel. As the founder of the paranormal team I would often be the one who led the seances or the glass divination or table tipping… I’d be the one who called out to see if I could [...]
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