Challenging ‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan – The Press Conference

From the Mersyside Skeptics blog:There's a number of videos they have featured on the site, click to check out all of them (including Professor Chris French, Michael Marshall and this introduction by Mike Hall and Simon Singh).As the site says: Note: Although it shouldn’t need to be pointed out, it’s worth clarifying that the Merseyside Skeptics Society don’t condone or support people publishing contact details for Sally, her office, her lawyers or anyone, nor do we support anyone sending h … [Read more...]

The End Of Philosophy Classes (An Incidental Lesson On John Edward)

NOTE - Simon Taylor is NOW in Perth! Check out details of his comedy tour here - he'll be catching up with the Perth Atheists and Skeptics tomorrow! One of the many small surprises of the recession has been a significant growth in the number of philosophy majors, according the the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has slightly exceeded the growth of enrolments in the last ten years; many other humanities and social science fields have just kept up. At the University of California at Berkeley, despite or … [Read more...]

The One Show On Spiritualism – With Professors Richard Wiseman And Chris French

Thanks to the The Psychology of the Paranormal E-mail Network - you can subscribe here! … [Read more...]

On Sally Morgan And The Issues With Testing Psychic Claimants (Are There Any?)

One of the unfortunate side-effects of Twitter is that you can get short, sharp, terse-sounding and inappropriate comments that are intended to be anything but. I'm certain Tim Minchin could talk about that quite easily, for example.This doesn't mean that the occasional intentional passive-aggressive statement is completely absent, which (as I'm certain we all know) can also be par for the course with online interactions. They tend to just exacerbate what could be, at its core, a simple mis … [Read more...]

The Scope Of Skepticism Teaser – Interview With ‘Miracle Detective’ Dr Indre Viskontas

I'm heading into the final proofs and formatting of an anthology I've been working on for a while, featuring transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. This segment is from Episode Sixty-Nine, On Miracle Detectives – Interview With Dr Indre Viskontas; head there to listen to the entire interview.The reason why I'm transcribing select interviews for my book is two-fold: firstly, I've always enjoyed reading as well as listening to interviews in general. The book 'Lunch of Blood' by Antonella Gam … [Read more...]

Ada Lovelace Day 2011 – On Paranormal Investigators Extraordinaire

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves! When deciding who to write about, I found myself not so lacking in inspiration - more overwhelmed with choice! As  … [Read more...]

Skepticism In The Shaking City Of Christchurch – Dr Bridgstock’s Lecture at NZ Skeptics Convention

Three things to finish off my Thursday:The Young Australian Skeptics podcast just released a brilliant  Episode Thirty-One, with Martin Pribble at Think Inc. and a fascinating interview with everyone's scientific hero, Eugenie Scott.Over at the Token Skeptic podcast: Episode Eighty - now out! On Paranormal Belief In Queensland – The Truth Told By Dr Martin Bridgstock.  Until recently, Queensland was regarded as the hillbilly state of Australia. It was dominated by fundamentalism and flirted w … [Read more...]

On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens

Thanks to the overloading of vodcasts from Dragon*Con, I seem to have capped my Libsyn account temporarily. However, thanks to the wonderful patience and professionalism of Hayley Stevens, I do have a sneak-preview transcript of the start of the interview that will be appearing on the Token Skeptic podcast, episode Seventy-Nine!When I've figured out the bandwidth issue, you can download Token Skeptic #79 - On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens from the official Token Skeptic pod … [Read more...]

Just For Laughs – UFO Prank

This is one of the things that my research looked into - the likelihood of UFOs having visited earth. Results? Not that much of a difference in comparison to international belief in aliens (for example, one survey reported a 15% belief in abduction by aliens out of a sample of 8000 in the UK, 1997). Hopefully if firm evidence of alien contact DOES happen on the side of the road, people don't get the giggles at the poor clucking, crashed creatures and their smoking spaceship... … [Read more...]


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