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Deborah Hyde

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Deborah Hyde is former editor of The Skeptic and is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. She writes and lectures about belief in the malign supernatural, with special regard to the folklore, psychology and sociology behind belief.

Plagues and plots: throughout history, epidemics and conspiracy theories have gone hand-in-hand

From the anti-Semitic Flagellants of the Black Death to modern day 5G-hating COVID deniers, epidemics have always driven conspiracy theories.

Donald Rooum (1928 – 2019): Cartoonist, Campaigner and Skeptic

Deborah Hyde remembers the cartoonist, campaigner, skeptic and humanist Donald Rooum, creator of the long-running Sprite strip for The Skeptic.

Fairies Dancing in a Ring

This image of fairies dancing in a ring comes dates from around 1600 and was in its original form a woodcut, before appearing in an issue of The Strand magazine in 1892.

Spellbound: magic, ritual and witchcraft

Deborah Hyde reports from the Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

Do ghosts exist? If not, why do we see them?

This is the deceptively simple question I ask at the beginning of every episode of the Haunted podcast. The show features ghost stories that...

Werewolves

  A werewolf attacks a man Hans Baldung Grien From Die Emeis (1516) Guest Contributor: Deborah Hyde Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg (1445-1510), the ‘Doctor Keisersperg’ of the caption above,...

RIP Hitch

Anthony Burns ruminates on Hitch’s persistent preoccupations, and wonders aloud about that supposed move from left to right “For a lot of people, their first...

Can You Catch Morgellons from the Internet?

Natasha Byrne investigates the role of a very modern medium in the proliferation of a very modern condition It’s enough to make your skin crawl:...

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