skeptics

My activism isn’t led by battle cry

19 May, 2014 // 3 Comments

For years now I have submitted complaints to Trading Standards and the Advertising Standards Authority about dodgy health claims I see people making to advertise their products. I’d personally rather make sure that people and companies advertise their products or services in a way that complies with CAP codes (advertising codes). Even if [...]

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 [...]

Annoying the ghost hunters…

1 April, 2014 // 2 Comments

The other day I cancelled my ASSAP membership and summarised my reasons for doing so in a blog post here. This has made some people unhappy and I’ve been called a few names and had other remarks made about me and my blog in an attempt, I think, to upset me. However, there were also several people who got in touch with their own similar [...]

Review: PSI Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet

21 December, 2013 // 9 Comments

The TED Controversy took place between March and April 2013 when videos of talks delivered by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock at a TEDx event in London were removed by TED after complaints that the event was giving pseudoscience a platform. When Amazon recommended Craig Weiler’s ¬†‘PSI Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the [...]

‘I know what I saw’: a lesson in diplomacy

8 December, 2013 // 2 Comments

When I deliver talks to younger audiences my talks tend to focus on two ‘rules’. 1 – What we see isn’t always what is there; 2 – What we remember isn’t always what happened; Our perception of things around us is often flawed for numerous reasons – we are pattern seeking creatures who see meaning where [...]

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 [...]

On shunning the non-believers

4 October, 2013 // 7 Comments

Yesterday I got told off for being rude on a Facebook thread because I used sarcasm in response to somebody dismissing people because they spell skeptic with a K instead of a C. The person, who seems to harbour a deep hatred of the letter K, actually has bigger issues with people being all rational about ghosts and whatnot. They’ll deny it [...]
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