Paranormal Round Table Discussion

The other day I was asked to sit in as a skeptic in a paranormal round table discussion.  It was a great time and can be heard here: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_intothedark_bobby.mp3

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Issue 3 of The Bent Spoon has arrived!!!

The Bent Spoon Issue 3

The Bent Spoon Issue 3

The Bent Spoon  Issue 3 – Spirit Communication

Jason Korbus returns with his monthly column Soupernatural where he talks about the controversial flashlight experiment.

 The Bent Spoon holds a brilliant interview with Matthew Baxter

Rachel Wolf talks a bit about Unity and why it is bad for believers and skeptics.

Nick Callis and Bobby Nelson talk about a couple stories that made the news such as Bigfoot and failed psychic predictions.

The question if the Modern Day Paranormal Movement is based on a lie is covered.

This issue also has Reviews of:

Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there – By Professor Richard Wiseman

Ghost Hunters Guide Book – By Troy Taylor

Syfy’s new television show “Haunted Collector”

And The Travel Channels new show “Paranormal Challenge”

And other Topics such as:

  • EVP
  • Ouija Boards
  • Ghost Boxes

We also can’t forget Pareidolia of the month and of course “Believer vs. Skeptic” comic by Andre Frattino and Bobby Nelson.

Hope you all enjoy!!!  Issue03

Interview with Professor Richard Wiseman about his new book “Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there”

Professor Richard Wiseman

Professor Richard Wiseman

Recently on Strange Frequencies Radio, Korbus and I had the privilege of speaking with Professor Richard Wiseman about his new book “Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there”.  The interview was amazing and it can be heard here: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show153_hour2.mp3 (right click and save as)

One thing Professor Wiseman told us during the interview was that he was having problems releasing this book in the US.  He went on to explain, that for whatever reason publishers are very reluctant to release a book this skeptical. 

On Professor Wiseman’s blog he wrote:  

“The book has done well in the UK and has been bought by publishers in lots of other countries. However, the major American publishers were reluctant to support a skeptical book, with some suggesting that I re-write it to suggest that ghosts were real and psychic powers actually existed! We didn’t get any serious offers and so it looked like the American public (around 75% of whom believe in the paranormal) wouldn’t get the opportunity to read about skepticism.”

This is a crying shame.  Wiseman openly admits, as he did on SFR, this book isn’t intended for people who already truly believe.  It is more for the people on the fence about paranormal phenomena.  I guess I don’t understand how people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens can be published without being asked to change their opinion on the view of God.  Could you imagine what “The God Delusion” would have been like if Dawkins said at the end “though I am an atheist there is definitely strong evidence to support the existence of God.” 

The fact that the publishers asked Professor Wiseman to re-write that ghosts and psychics exist very insulting, not only to Wiseman but to anyone who has an open mind.  It’s like making Hitchens say “religion is evil, but God is great!” 

Anyway the book is available by going to http://www.richardwiseman.com/Paranormality.shtml pick it up, you won’t be sorry.

My Interview and Psychic Reading on ParaChallenged Radio

Recently I was a guest on ParaChallenged Radio with hosts Brian Easterwood and Kathy Barts.  I had a lovely time talking about the importance of skepticism, what to watch out for in psychic readings and even got a psychic reading of my own by self proclaimed psychic medium, Angel Garcia (which you will have to listen to in order to see the results).

To download this interview right click and save as: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/parachallengedbobby.mp3

My Interview on Mind Cemetery

On 6/6/11 I was a guest on Mind Cemetery Radio with hosts Chip and Nicole Plescher.  Here is an overview Nicole wrote about the show.

“We had an AWESOME time with Bobby Nelson last time… well, I did!  Chip’s world got rocked up a little bit.  I ❤ Skeptic month!  In honor of skeptical month, pay homage to skeptical hippo  🙂  

Anyway, Bobby is what I would consider to be a good guy skeptic.  After last night’s discussion, I admire him almost as much as admire Penn after his skepticism letter.  It was a fun show.  Listen in below!

Bobby’s biggest complaint about the paranormal community is when people bastardize science into fitting their needs.  He co-hosts Strange Frequencies Radio, which airs on Sundays from 3-6PM EST.  He also has an awesome blog called Pork Rhine and he is the founder and contributor of Bent Spoon Magazine which is smart, insightful, and amazing.  Check out Bent Spoon if you have a minute… it really appeals to believers and non-believers alike.”

I must admit, this was one of my favorite shows I have ever been on.

To download this interview right click on the link and save as: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/bobbymind.mp3

Interview with Professor Mark Alford – Quantum Physics and the Paranormal

On Sunday 6/5/11 I was privileged to speak with Professor Mark Alford about quantum physics and the paranormal. If you’re like us, you’ve heard weird, spooky sounding connections between ghosts, psychic powers, and even consciousness itself all tied to the behavior of subatomic particles. Not only is the evidence for any of the perceived paranormal phenomenon lacking, but the supposed relation to quantum realities is irresponsible.  Mark Alford, professor of physics at Washington University at St. Louis whose main research topic is in high density quark matter. You can find out more information by checking out: http://www.physics.wustl.edu/~alford/

To download this interview, right click the link and save as: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show150_hour2.mp3

Haunted Collector Review

This week on SFR we didn’t interview anyone, but we did talk a lot about the new paranormal reality show “Haunted Collector.”   

Check it out at

www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show149_full.mp3

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A Paranormal Debate with CPPI’s KD Foreman

Last Sunday on SFR Jason Korbus and I had a friendly debate on paranormal topics with CPPI’s KD Foreman.  KD and I have gone head to head before on PSI FI Radio, I guess you could call this part two.

To listen to this debate go to www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show147_hour2.mp3

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Why Do We Justify Foolish Beliefs? Interview with Social Psychologist Dr. Carol Tavris

Dr. Carol Tavris

Dr. Carol Tavris

Recently Jason Korbus and I had the privilege to speak to Dr. Carol Tavris. Dr. Tavris is a social psychologist and author whose work has tackled such topics as misconceptions about anger and feminism. Her latest book is called “Mistake Were Made, But Not By Me” and touches on how cognitive dissonance theory and other ideas from psychological research explain how, as the subtitle suggests, people justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts.  This is a very interesting interview; trust me you want to download this.

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www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show146_hour2.mp3

Interview with Gunther vonHarringa about Judgment Day on May 21, 2011

On Sunday May 1st, 2011 (20 days left!) we discussed the end of the world. May 21, 2011. You’ve probably seen the billboards around your town, or maybe you’ve heard about it on television, radio, or read about it online. So, what exactly is all the fuss about, and how and why does Harold Camping and Family Radio believe and promote this idea? We’ll ask our guest, Gunther vonHarringa, who is described by Family Radio as a capable and experienced teacher who is familiar with the warning of May 21 and has given several interviews on the topic. For more information, please visit WWW.FAMILYRADIO.COM

Direct link www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show145_hour3.mp3 (right click and save target as.)