Paranormal

Skepkon Presentation: A Skeptics Guide to Ghost Hunting

26 July, 2015 // 4 Comments

Earlier this year I travelled to Frankfurt to deliver my talk ‘A Skeptics Guide To Ghost Hunting’ at Skepkon which took place at Goethe University Frankfurt (an amazing place). The talk was filmed and the is now available to view online. There were some technical glitches as a cable that connected the laptop to the projector [...]

Selina Scott’s Haunted Kitchen: What The Skeptic Thinks

26 July, 2015 // 4 Comments

Selina Scott interviewed me for the One to One show on BBC Radio 4 about ghosts and ever since it was broadcast earlier this week many people have asked me what I think scared the dogs in her kitchen and I’ve decided to tell you what I think. For those who’ve no idea what I’m talking about, Selina Scott believes that her [...]

The Press Are Playing Ugly Games In Which The Vulnerable Are The Losers

3 July, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’ve researched and investigated paranormal phenomena for a decade or so now and so the terrible treatment that the most vulnerable people who claim to be paranormal eye-witnesses receive comes as no surprise to me anymore. Yet I still feel an anger bubbling when I read atrocious pieces like the one written by The Daily Record. It [...]

You’re Probably Not The Scientific Ghost Researcher You Think You Are

20 June, 2015 // 16 Comments

Many people involved in paranormal research think that they are scientific when they’re actually using dodgy science instead. This makes them no better than those people who used biased methods of spirit communication, like ouija boards, psychics or dowsing rods even though they probably think quite the opposite. Just over a month ago I [...]

Humanist Ghost Busting: A Clarification

11 June, 2015 // 1 Comment

A short while ago I wrote how I am a Humanist ghost buster and this confused a few people who seemed to think that I was mistaking humanism with humanitarianism. While I understand that suggestion I can assure you that I am not mistaken when I talk about my discovery of humanism shaping the way in which I conduct my paranormal research. A [...]

Ghost Hunters vs. Paranormal Investigators

17 May, 2015 // 4 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 [...]
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