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I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

October 31st is Halloween - traditionally the scariest night of the year (although I’m a bit more scared about what might happen in the US election a few days later). 

All things considered, it’s pretty safe to say that this has been a slightly unsettling year for lots of people and the last thing we need right now is a bunch of ghosts and ghouls turning up and causing havoc on Halloween. 

Fear not, however, because I’m pleased to say that ghosts don’t actually exist

But if ghosts aren’t real, why do so many people believe that they’ve seen one? How can we explain the supernatural experiences people have reported? How do places develop a reputation for being haunted? What are those things that go bump in the night? 

My name is Richard Wiseman and I’m a psychologist and author. For years, I have researched the science behind the paranormal.

At 7pm GMT on Saturday 31st October, I’ll be discussing the natural explanations behind the supernatural and showing how the paranormal is perfectly normal. Interviewing me will be my good friend Chris French , Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths.

The discussion will be streamed live by the good people at Skeptics In The Pub Online  and you can watch it here . 

It’s completely free to watch, but it would be amazing if you could make a small donation to support the Centre for Effective Altruism .

The Centre for Effective Altruism uses evidence and careful analysis to find how to help others as much as possible. Their fund managers use the best evidence available to identify organisations and projects with the highest expected impact.

All donations will be split among the four Effective Altruism funds: Global Health and Development, Animal Welfare, Long-Term Future, and Effective Altruism Infrastructure. For more information about the funds, please click here .

Any donation - however small - would be hugely appreciated and please share this page with your friends and family too!

Join Chris and me on Halloween as I explain why I ain’t afraid of no ghosts and why you shouldn’t be either.



  • Kathryn Broughton
    • £5 
    • 3 yrs


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