Ghosts in the Machine

Everyone has an opinion about ghosts. Although they don’t realise it, more people have a belief in the supernatural than would accept other aspects of the paranormal, such as extra-sensory perception (ESP), cryptozoology (Big Foot, etc), or extraterrestrial life visiting us in UFOs. Why do I say that? Well we live in a largely non-secular world. If someone is religious in any way, they will likely believe in gods, angels, or an afterlife of some sort. These ‘supernatural’ beliefs of a spirit nature are not concepts often aligned with science. The supernatural falls under the blanket of the ‘paranormal’, which just means stuff that science can’t explain yet, or falls out of the usual methods of rigourous experimentation. This is a subject perceived as unscientific. So of course, I created a science show about it.

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The Typo-Fallout

I recently wrote a profile piece for the Discover Materials website, as I’m an ambassador for them. It’s run by a colleague and friend, Chris Hamlett. He does amazing work on behalf of the Henry Royce Institute, coordinating outreach events and ambassadors from several universities in the UK, enabling them to present material science in a sexy way. When he asked me to prepare a profile he suggested it should be ‘>300 words’.

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