Skepticism

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 [...]

I bought my psychic powers online

23 May, 2014 // 1 Comment

Magicians can spot tricks a mile off which means that for decades they have been the rationalists right hand man when it comes to exposing phoney psychics for the tricksters they are.  Using simple-yet-effective tricks to make people think you have psychic abilities when you don’t without disclosing the fact that you are using these tricks [...]

A hat tip

25 April, 2014 // 7 Comments

Over at the Huffington Post Rodney Schmaltz has written a great piece called ‘Battling Psychics and Ghosts: The Need for Scientific Skepticism‘ in which he discusses how society are constantly ‘bombarded with pseudo-science’ in various forms. He points out that ‘people who buy into these pseudo-scientific claims are [...]

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 [...]

I went to a Creationist Zoo for Darwin Day and this is what I found

12 February, 2014 // 24 Comments

The animals went in two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah! On this day in 1809 Charles Darwin was born. Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that [...]

Delusional and Woo.

1 January, 2014 // 8 Comments

I’m going to cut to the chase – it’s patronising to tell people they’re deluded and harming themselves and others based on what they believe in. We all have delusions of some sort, and if they’re harmful the chances are that individual will have a care network already in place – GP, social workers, care workers, [...]

On Guerrilla Skepticism & Skeptical Outreach

16 October, 2013 // 21 Comments

I feel that I need to clarify myself after a comment I made on Twitter about the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Project has caused confusion. Things like the Guerrilla Skepticism Campaign make the work of skeptic paranormal researchers bloody difficult by causing mistrust. — Hayley Stevens (@Hayleystevens) October 13, 2013 The Guerrilla [...]
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