Paranormal

When put to the test, the predictive powers of Indian astrology simply don’t hold up

The data collected in the famous double-blind test of Indian astrology in 2008 allows us to put the other basic astrological principles to the test

The Battersea Poltergeist, and the role of the paranormal investigator

The Battersea Poltergeist demonstrates how supposedly supernatural phenomena need attention and validation to thrive

Spontaneous Human Combustion: The truth behind the myth of Mary Carpenter

Stories of spontaneous human combustion have been retold since the 1920s, but do those retellings reflect the truth?

What links the Flatwoods Monster, the Kelly–Hopkinsville alien encounter, and Mothman?

The connection between three legendary paranormal sightings tells us a lot about why we see what isn't there... and miss what's really there

‘Startling Stories’, illustrating ‘Strangers on the Heights’ by Manly Wade Wellman

This cover of pulp magazine 'Startling Stories' from 1944 features a reanimated cadaver - a zombie, traceable to Haitian folklore

Psychics and mediums: Mad, bad, or dangerous to know?

Given that psychics aren't actually performing paranormal feats, is it fair to separate them into the deceitful and the deluded?

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

When predictions fail: UFO cults, QAnon and cognitive dissonance

When their predictions don't come true, cults are faced with a choice: accept reality, or rationalise the failure. Which road will Qanon take?

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