A Recent Investigation Into British Psychics Revealed Something Shocking

31 July, 2015 // 0 Comments

Volunteers from the Merseyside Skeptics Society (MSS) recently worked with the Good Thinking Society (GTS) with their investigation into psychics. The volunteers visited different “psychics” and filmed their readings and the results are, quite frankly, appalling. The first investigation involved a GTS volunteer visiting a psychic in [...]

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 [...]

Criticising psychics isn’t like racism…

6 April, 2014 // 0 Comments

I can’t believe I am writing this. I just can’t. I’ve just read a user submitted piece by ‘Tap’ over at the Daily Grail titled ‘Bigotry towards psychics: why it is no different to racism and homophobia‘. The opinion piece from September 2013 has been doing the rounds lately (which is how I stumbled upon [...]

Review: ‘Extra Sensory’ by Brian Clegg

20 June, 2013 // 2 Comments

Extra Sensory is a pop-science look at the untapped abilities of human beings, from ESP to Telekinesis and other real life sciences that are currently being studied today. I was asked to read and review the latest book from Wiltshire-based Science and Sci-Fi author Brian Clegg, ‘Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and [...]

Unethical ghost hunters play detective

2 September, 2012 // 21 Comments

update 30/05/13: This is still happening, and despite pleas for the ghost group to not make claims about Keith, they continue to do so while also contacting Ian Brady, who murdered Keith, in prison with their so-called Evidence. I do not know what can be done to stop this, and just feel very sad for the Bennett family. Murdered Keith [...]

Respect is earned: A follow on

25 July, 2011 // 7 Comments

After writing my initial blog post about the complaint group on Facebook, I got into a discussion on the group wall about what the creator of the group felt was being misinterpreted by the BBC that warranted a complaint. Here is the dialogue: Hayley: Could you explain what you mean about them not having a concept of what mediumship is? What is [...]

Mediums aren’t like plumbers

6 May, 2011 // 12 Comments

Recently on the Righteous Indignation Podcast we released an interview we conducted with Steven Upton who is a medium, as well as a Minister for the Spiritualist’s National Union and the SNU’s communications director. It was released in two parts and you can find part one here and part two here. One question that was asked during the [...]