Skepticism

Sally Morgan Said What?

12 July, 2015 // 1 Comment

We are meant to doubt. Doubt makes us ask questions and because of that it gives us answers. pic.twitter.com/Se8LFxB50A — Sally Morgan (@SallyMorganTV) July 11, 2015 Sally Morgan regularly dismisses the criticisms and questions from people who doubt her claims to have psychic ability. She ignores the requests to allow her abilities to be tested [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

I Am A QEDcon Fan, Here’s Why

27 April, 2015 // 17 Comments

I feel as though QEDcon and the organisation team behind it does not get enough credit. Sure, they won an award last year for their brilliance, sure there are thousands of adoring tweets and Facebook messages telling them how amazing they and their events are, sure they sell every ticket and pack out the large venue in Manchester, sure over 500 [...]

Book Review: Abominable Science

4 April, 2015 // 1 Comment

Abominable Science! authored by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero is one of those books that comes along and makes the world a better place. A rare treat that you didn’t know you needed until you had it in your hands. The combination of good research, good references and an honest, open-minded yet critical outlook turns Abominable Science! [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #3

25 January, 2015 // 1 Comment

At the end of each year I compile a ‘The Worst Ghosts of…’ list and 2014 was no exception. The #1 spot on the 2014 list went to the stupid Black Eyed Kids sightings coming out of Cannock’s Chase at the hands of paranormal author Lee Brickley and at the end of the list for last year I made a prediction, as follows: I predict [...]

Sexism: A Symptom Of Skepticism?

12 September, 2014 // 1 Comment

I am a skeptic because I evaluate claims using skepticism and rational inquiry but I do not identify with the skeptic movement for reasons I have stated previously on my blog. Today an article on Buzzfeed by Mark Oppenheimer asked the question ‘Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?‘ As Betteridge’s law of headlines [...]

GSOW: ‘we have a private forum & we’re fine with that’

29 June, 2014 // 2 Comments

‘Nothing shady goes on in our secret forum, honest. You’ll have to take my word for it though, ‘cos it’s private. We’d let you join, but we can’t. Not even our friends get to join.’ The above is my personal summary of a rebuttal written by the team leader of the Dutch language group of the Guerrilla [...]
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