Is “Bigfoot Skepticism” Cool Now?

Bigfoot Skepticism is the phrase used to dismiss those skeptics who spend their time and effort investigating, writing, and speaking about paranormal subjects (not limited to bigfoot) in a scientific manner. Usually we’re told we should dedicate our time to more deserving causes, such as cancer-related medical quackery, strict religious practices which harm (as though exorcism isn’t in our remit), and dangerous practices such as chiropractic treatment, or homeopathy. Continue reading

Listen: A Skeptic’s Guide to Ghost Hunting

Hayley speaking at an event

In August, I travelled to Scotland and spoke for both Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub and the Edinburgh Skeptics Society as part of their Edinburgh Fringe Festival event ‘Skeptics on the Fringe’.

While speaking in Edinburgh my talk was recorded, and you can listen to it below. I was also interviewed for the 10 Questions podcast that Edinburgh Skeptics produce, which can be listened to here.

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The Gresley Old Hall Ghost That Wasn’t There

The Daily Mail recently ran a headline saying ‘Ghost Hunter claims to have caught the spirit of ‘a beautiful French woman called Philippa’ on camera as he took pictures at a smoke-filled 16th-century hall’. The ghost hunter in question is called Stu Williamson and I’ve come to the conclusion that he is pretty desperate to catch a ghost on camera. You know, so desperate that he’s done something really quite daft in the pursuit of his goal… Continue reading

Will Another Paranormal Challenge Prove Psychic Ability?

“If you’re really psychic there’s $1million with your name on it!” 

It’s a challenge issued up by skeptics on a regular basis. I still see it to this day and recently, while being interviewed by a US-based skeptic podcast, I was surprised to discover that the hosts didn’t know the $1million challenge had ceased to exist following the retirement of James Randi in 2015.

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On Sally Morgan Warning Her Fans About Scammers

British psychic Sally Morgan recently caused a bit of a stir online when she posted a video to her official Facebook page warning fans about people on social media pretending to be her and trying to make money from her fans by scamming them. Many people on my social media timelines have mocked this because they believe that Sally Morgan is also scamming money from her fans in one way or another, but that’s a debate for another day. In fact, I’ve blogged about Sally Morgan and her claims previously on this blog here if you’re curious. Continue reading

The Worst Ghosts of 2015

It has been an entire year since I correctly predicted that Slenderman would be seen in the UK in my ‘Worst Ghosts of 2014’ round up. In that year I created a feature on this blog called The Weakly Ghost Bulletin which morphed into The Spooktator Podcast which examines ghost related headlines on a monthly basis. It’s been busy…

…so, without further ado here are the 5 Worst Ghosts of 2015! Continue reading