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Mark Horne

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Mark Horne is a board member of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He currently works as Development Manager at a university and has been a fundraiser, copywriter, researcher and campaigner.

Coming to terms: the words believers, skeptics and the general public use differently

Sometimes it feels like skeptics are speaking a different language to everyone else - here's our guide to the times what we mean differs from what people hear

Paul McCartney and The Bates Method of eyesight restoration

While it might come with high-profile adherents like Paul McCartney, when it comes to improving eyesight, the Bates Method is good For No One

From chemtrails to COVID-19, Naomi Wolf’s prolific promotion of pseudoscience

Over the years, author Naomi Wolf has spread all manner of misinformation - from misleading statistics to chemtrails and COVID-19 conspiracy theories

Sine Missione, and the conspiracy theorists who use graffiti to spread pseudoscience

From 5G fears to antisemitism and QAnon - graffiti that promotes conspiracies around Liverpool and beyond are more harmful than you think.

2019’s ‘The Mandela Effect’ is a stylish, shallow exploration of a rather silly conspiracy theory

While Mandela Effect believers seek fantastic explanations, the mundane truth is that our memories are far less reliable than we'd like to believe

Blackpool’s ‘Chariots of the Gods’ park is built on racist assumptions about the past

By celebrating the long-debunked claims of Erich von Däniken, Blackpool's new entertainment park perpetuates deeply racist assumptions

Nesta Helen Webster: the far-right author who popularised the antisemitic Illuminati conspiracy

The Qanon movement regurgiates old antisemitic tropes that echo back to the Illuminati conspiracy theories pushed by Nesta Helen Webster

‘The Secret’ to a bland romance is: victim blaming, apparently

Katie Holme's Law of Attraction rom-com is a relatively benign affair, but the philosophy behind 'The Secret' has cruel and grim implications

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