Talk:Steuart Campbell

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I wish in the interest of openness to state that I have received emails from someone claiming to be the subject of this article and making suggestions about the article. While I do not think this compromises me (as I believe I am independent enough not to follow any suggestion I disagreed with), and indeed I think it preferable to the subject editing the article himself, I want to be up-front and make this information open to all. --John (talk) 03:54, 23 March 2008 (UTC)


I am also the author of many articles (see list below). Has anyone an idea how this can be mentioned in the entry without overwhelming it? 09:51, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

STEUART CAMPBELL 1 Published articles (* indicates views expressed are now repudiated, wholly or in part)

New Humanist (RPA)

'Prepare to meet thy market' (Vol 88/3) Jul 1972 'Unethical report' (Vol 90/10) Feb 1975 'Gospel problems' (Vol 90/11) Mar 1975 'Rational ufology' (Vol 91/9) Jan 1976 'Does Jesus matter?' (Vol 91/12) Apr 1976 'Reasonable-Ness' (Vol 92/1) May/Jun1976 'Househusband' (Vol 93/3) Oct/Nov1977 'A peculiar style' (Vol 94/1) Summer 1978 'Scientific myths: evolution' (Vol 94/2) Autumn 1978 'Scientific myths: relativity'* (Vol 94/3) Nov 1978 'Zamenhof's journey from Esperanto to Humanism' (Vol 94/4) Feb 1979 'More about Christian origins' (Vol 96/1) Jul 1980 'The religious catastrophe' (Vol 102/1) 1987 'Reflections on the Knock apparition' (Vol 103/2) Jun 1988 'Fatima's dusty veil' (Vol 104/2) Aug 1989 ‘Star of Bethlehem’ (Vol 104/?) Jan 1990 'The origin and purpose of the Pyramids' (Vol 106/4) Dec 1990

The FreeThinker

'The Empty Tomb and the Origin of Christianity', May 1985 'Superstitions Ancient and Modern', Feb 1987 ‘A close encounter with Islam’, March 2002 ‘Science and the Koran’, May 2002 ‘Which God?’, November 2005

Question 8 (RPA)

'The Origin of Christianity' Sep 1974

Electricity International


Scottish Nuclear News

'Renewable energy use not the answer' April/May 1995

Scottish Field

'A Nuclear Near Miss' May 1994

Scienca Revuo

'La sistemo internacia de mezurunuoj' Jun 1972

Spelling Progress Bulletin

'The principles of Esperanto spelling', Fall 1982

The Clan Campbell Society U.K. Newsletter

'The Etymology of Campbell', No.4, Jul 1978; pp. 13-14 repeated more fully in No.5, Jan 1979; pp. 5-6.

British Journal of Photography

'How not to photograph ball lightning' 23 Oct 1981 'The Surgeon's Monster Hoax' 20 Apr 1984 'Ball lightning exposed' 17 Dec 1987 'The key to the loch?' 22 Sep 1988 'The Childerhose UFO: fact or fiction?' 29 Sep 1988 'UFO: hoax or mirage?' 15 Jun 1989 'Film of a UFO or Venus?' 3 May 1990 'Fireball by Day' 4 Apr 1991

The MUFON UFO Journal

'The credibility of UFO hypotheses' Feb 1981


'Not lightning damage' Mar 1981 'Ball lightning at Crail--1968'* Mar 1982 'Lightning craters' Apr 1983

The Journal of Meteorology

'Ball lightning at Chapelle-Taillefert in Central France'* Apr 1983 'A close encounter with ball lightning?'* Sep 1983 'Mirage of a mountain?' May/Jun 1987 'Mirage over Edinburgh' Nov 1987 'Russian accounts of ball lightning' Apr 1988 'The Smethwick ball lightning report' Dec 1988 'The 'Miracle of the Sun' at Fatima' Oct 1989 'The Ashford 'ball lightning' video explained' [with Arne Bergstrom], Jul/Aug 1991 'Ball lightning through the window glass?', Jul/Aug 1997.

Scottish World

'Two Great Mysteries 1: Is Nessie There?' Nov 1989

The Photographic Journal

'Monster or boat?' Feb 1986 'The doctored Nessie photographs' Jan 1990

The Skeptical Inquirer

'The 'Monster' Tree-trunk of Loch Ness' Winter 1982/3

The British & Irish Skeptic (later The Skeptic)

'The monstrous myth at Loch Ness' May/Jun 1987 'Seeing the light at Knock' Jul/Aug 1987 'Nessie in conference' Sep/Oct 1987 'UFO Congress '87' Sep/Oct 1987 'Nessie hunt' Nov/Dec 1987 'Special report: Findhorn' May/Jun 1988 'Who invented the Loch Ness Monster?' Mar/Apr 1992 'Great Balls of Fire' Nov/Dec 1992 'A Close Encounter of the Fireball Kind?' Vol. 14/2, Autumn 2001


'The tail of an otter' (Comment on LeBlond and Collins, with response by LeBlond) Vol 7 (1988), pp. 116-18. 'Disinherit the wind' (Comment on Paul H LeBlond, with response by LeBlond) Vol 8 (1989), pp.129-35.

Flying Saucer Review

'False report from Loch Ness' Mar 1981

Journal of Transient Aerial Phenomena (BUFORA)

'Are UFOs an atmospheric phenomenon?' Mar 1980 'Close encounter in Scotland' Mar 1980 'A natural theory of UFOs'* Jul/Aug 1980 'What is a UFO?' May 1981 'Not ball lightning' May 1981 'Hypnotic fantasies' Jul 1982 'Ball lightning update' Jan 1983 'The great Dumfries UFO' Aug 1983 'Ball lightning update' Aug 1983 'Ball lightning update' Apr 1984 'Jupiter and the natural theory of UFOs'* Oct 1984 'Poher's false correlations' Mar 1985 'Livingston: A new hypothesis' Sep 1986 'The Todmorden UFO explained' Sep 1987


'Fear response in UFO Reporters' May 1990 'Fireball by Day' Jul 1991


'A ghost rocket tailpiece' Sep 1983 'The UFO myth' Jan 1986 'Astronomical UFOs' May 1986 'The Uninvited star' May 1986 'Not coming through the glen' Nov 1986 'Mirages explain UFO reports' May 1988

The Probe Report

'The birth of the UFO myth--George Adamski' Apr 1983

Strange Daze (NUFORI)

'Amateur Science Solves the UFO Mystery', May 1997

The Unexplained

'UFOs: the grip of fear' Vol.13(150) 'Livingston: the verdict' Vol.13(152)


'Throwing light on Rendlesham' Dec 1985 'Flying saucers from Moore's?' Jul 1986 'The astronomical mirage hypothesis' Sep 1987

Journal of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh

'The Star of Bethlehem', May/Jun 1983; 'Bode's Law and the Evolution of the Solar System', Mar 1985; 'More on Bode's Law', Jul 1985; 'The star that never was', Nov 1985; 'The moon illusion', Apr 1986; 'An unusual stellar mirage', Feb 1987; 'Why are stars pointed?', Feb 1988; 'The last word on the moon illusion?', Jul 1988; 'Why was Sirius red?', May 1989; 'Astronomy and the Great Pyramid', Feb 1990; 'Astronomy and the Great Pyramid'+, Jun 1994;

  (+largely a repeat of the Feb '90 article)

'A Mirage of Venus', Dec 1995; 'The Moon Illusion explained?', April 2000; ‘Cooling the Earth’, June 2005 (no. 48); 'Solar global warming', December 2006 (no. 51).

Proceedings: Fourth TORRO Conference on BALL LIGHTNING

'Does Ball Lightning exist?' (talk given on 11 July 1992 at Oxford Polytechnic) (ed. Mark Stenhoff) 1992

(Scottish) Daily Express

'Wake up to the truth about Nessie' 17 Sep 1996

Air Forces Monthly

'The crash of ZD576', Jan 2000.

Humanism Scotland

[Review of talk by Dr Martin Plant on drug addiction] Spring 2000. ‘A Close Encounter with Islam’, Winter 2000. ‘Faith in Schools’, Autumn 2002. ‘War on Iraq?’, Winter 2002. ‘Did Jesus rise from the dead?’, Summer 2003.

Tony Blair’s Brave Decision’, Winter 2003.

‘Not filling the void’, Spring 2005. ‘David Hume: a sceptical life’, Spring 2005. ‘Religion and the law’, Summer 2005. ‘The Theory That Wasn’t There?’, Spring 2006.

The Freethinker

‘A close encounter with Islam’, March 2002 (Vol. 122; No. 3) ‘Science and the Koran’ May 2002 (Vol 122; No. 5)

In The Encylopedia of UFOs (ed. Ronald Story, Doubleday, New York, 1980), entries on: 'Ball lightning', 'Hallucinations' and 'Myth theory of UFOs'.

2 Reviews

The Freethinker

'The UFO Verdict: Examining the Evidence' by Robert Sheaffer (Prometheus Books) Aug 1981 'The Unriddling of Christian Origins--A Secular Account' by Joel Carmichael (Prometheus Books) Jul 1996

UFO Insight

'A Fantasy of the fourth kind' (a review of 'The Janos People' by Frank Johnson) Apr 1981 (errata and corrections to the above) Aug 1981

The Probe Report

'Lights of Fancy' (review of 'Earthlights' by Paul Devereaux) Apr 1983


'How to build a flying saucer and other Proposals...' by T B Pawlicki (Corgi) Sep 1983 'The World's Greatest UFO Mysteries' by Nigel Blundell and Roger Boar (Octopus Books, 1984) Jan 1987

The British & Irish Skeptic (later The Skeptic)

'Kilroy on UFOs' (review of TV prog.) Jan/Feb 1988 'Forty years of UFO reports' (review of 'UFOs 1947-1987') Mar/Apr 1988 'How to be a contactee' (review of 'Light Years') Sep/Oct 1988 'From Flying Saucers to Pseudoscience' (review of 'Phenomenon') Nov/Dec 1988

Skeptical Intelligencer

'The Monstrous Myth at Loch Ness', Vol 3, Issue no. 1, July 1998, pp. 32-35.

New Humanist 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination' (review of 'UFO-Abductions: A Dangerous Game') Oct 1988

The Skeptic 'Close encounters of the cult kind' (review of 'UFOs The Final Answer') Nov/Dec 1993 'Wasted time' (review of 'Time Travel: Fact Fiction & Possibility') Vol 8/No.6 (1995)

The Journal of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh

'The Orion Mystery' (ST 'Unlocking the secrets of the Pyramids') by Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert (Heinemann 1994). Dec 1994. ‘The Mystery of the Moon Illusion’ (ST ‘Exploring Size Perception’) by Helen Ross and Cornelius Plug (OUP 2002). Aug 2003.

The Beacon (SICEC, Malta)

'Amateur science solves the UFO mystery', Winter 1999.


Mr Campbell has requested that we remove the reference to his membership of the local council. Does anyone object to my removal of it? It doesn't seem that crucial or relevant to the article so I removed it as I saw no harm in acceding to the subject's request. --John (talk) 03:24, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Seems fine – it's just a tidbit of information that doesn't have a major impact in the overall scheme of things. The only lingering qualm one may have is why he asked for it to be removed. In this case, I don't mind not knowing because this fact seems rather trivial, but others may request an explanation. All in all, the edit doesn't seem contentious and looks in line with policy. Airplaneman 05:00, 25 March 2011 (UTC)


Campbell is most notable for his claim that many UFO reports can be explained by mirages [1]. I believe we should expand on this with references. I will see what I can find. HealthyGirl (talk) 00:27, 11 May 2016 (UTC)