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Susan Gerbic

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Affectionately called the Wikipediatrician, Susan Gerbic is the cofounder of Monterey County Skeptics and a self-proclaimed skeptical junkie. Susan is also founder of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project. You can contact her at SusanGerbic.com.

Fifteen Minutes of Skepticism: The Sunday Papers, An interview with Jay Diamond

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September 27, 2016
Fifteen Minutes of Skepticism: The Sunday Papers, An interview with Jay Diamond

I went on a journey from the worst shape of my life to vastly exceeding my fitness goals and had to wade through mounds of questionable claims to understand which claims were valid.

From TAM to CSICon: An Interview with Ray Hall and Katie Dyer

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September 22, 2016
From TAM to CSICon: An Interview with Ray Hall and Katie Dyer

Ray and I have started evaluating the effects of educational interventions on pseudoscience belief. This interest seems shared by skeptics who wonder how to educate others, whether formally or informally.

Return of the Grief Vampire Tyler Henry

September 20, 2016
Return of the Grief Vampire Tyler Henry

Tyler Henry’s skill lies in his ability to nod in agreement to every statement as if he already knew that. His repertoire of facial expressions is wonderfully entertaining.

The Challenges of Science Communication: An Interview with Kevin Folta

September 15, 2016
The Challenges of Science Communication: An Interview with Kevin Folta

People don’t understand that genetic engineering can provide tremendous solutions to contemporary problems and help people and the environment. The average citizen needs to realize that we spend tons of public money to solve problems

Keeping Up with Paul Offit

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August 9, 2016
Keeping Up with Paul Offit

Every year before the measles vaccine was first introduced in 1963, about 50,000 people, mostly previously healthy children, would be hospitalized with the disease and 500 would die. Sadly, I think it is going to take some of these diseases coming back to some extent in order for us to realize their importance. Vaccines have been a victim of their own success.

A Conversation with George Hrab

July 28, 2016
A Conversation with George Hrab

George Hrab is a professional musician, author, and popular podcaster. The Geologic podcast is an intersection between music and scientific skepticism. George will also be our emcee at CSICon this year.

A Conversation with the SkepDoc

July 25, 2016
A Conversation with the SkepDoc

There have been anti-vaccine protests as long as there have been vaccines. And there have been doctor-bashers as long as there have been doctors. Before we had science-based medicine, all we had was “alternative” medicine: folk medicine and superstition. It’s sad that people are encouraging each other to return to that pre-scientific world.

The Man Behind the Makeup: An Interview with Captain Disillusion

July 18, 2016
The Man Behind the Makeup: An Interview with Captain Disillusion

Captain D’s catch phrase is “Love with your heart: use your brain for everything else.” I think it’s about time the community learned more about the man behind the makeup.

Report From SkeptiCal, the Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference

June 27, 2016
Report From SkeptiCal, the Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference

I attend as many skeptic conferences as I can, and each one has its own “flavor” and style. SkeptiCal differs from others by being a no-frills event, but without you noticing that those frills are missing.

Adventures in SkeptiCamp

Skeptical Briefs Volume 25.3, Fall 2015

Adventures in SkeptiCamp

We need face-to-face interactions. Some of our people tell me that our meetups are where they can be themselves; they don’t have to guard their language, and no subject is taboo.

Isabela

June 9, 2016
Isabela

This is a story about the wonder of science and the power of connection.

I Like Pi

March 31, 2016
I Like Pi

It's a commonly known fact that skeptics are nerds, so we might as well embrace it and use it to our advantage.

A Skeptic’s Woe over Margaret Cho

March 17, 2016
A Skeptic’s Woe over Margaret Cho

Being an atheist does not by default make you a skeptic. And the reverse is also true; being a skeptic does not make you an atheist.

Operation Tater Tot: Following Up On A Grief Vampire

February 26, 2016
Operation Tater Tot: Following Up On A Grief Vampire

What people need to understand is that it is NOT my responsibility to disprove Tyler Henry or any other psychic. The burden of proof lies in the person who is making the extraordinary claim to prove they have the ability they claim to have.

Grief Vampires Don’t Come Out Only at Night

January 20, 2016
Grief Vampires Don’t Come Out Only at Night

These people come and go fame-wise. His flame might be bright for the moment, but it could quickly fade into obscurity, or it could ignite a fire that will burn the memories and interrupt and corrupt the grieving process for parents who go to him in desperation and loss.

The Wikipediatrician’s Whirlwind Australian Tour

January 11, 2016
The Wikipediatrician’s Whirlwind Australian Tour

I encourage everyone to not just visit a place but use social media to find our community. Skeptic groups in areas all over the world have Meetup.com and Facebook pages; reach out to them and make your own mini-tour. I’m sure that they are as interested in meeting you as you are in meeting them.

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The SkeptiCal Conference

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Conference Report

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Skepticism in Popular Music: The Art of Discourse

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained

Allow me to set the record straight. First off, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that is trying to be the repository of all knowledge; it is not Tumbler or Reddit or some other social network. Wikipedia has rules. Some of them are open to interpretation a bit, but for the most part the rules are discussed within the community of editors and usually enforced evenly.

Learn to Edit Wikipedia like a GSoW Editor–Backwards Editing

October 21, 2015
Learn to Edit Wikipedia like a GSoW Editor–Backwards Editing

So you might have heard about this awesome website called Wikipedia. It’s the sixth most viewed website worldwide. It is where most people find out information about the weird in the world. I’m going to explain a Wikipedia editing technique that I call Backwards Editing and how you can help out without joining my Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project.

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A State of Many Mysteries

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Review

Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment by Benjamin Radford

Operation Ice Cream Cone

February 10, 2015
Operation Ice Cream Cone

My goal is two-fold: first to catch a psychic in a hot-read and second to report back in detail to the skeptical community in order to train and encourage others to continue where we left off.

Operation Bumblebee

February 5, 2015
Operation Bumblebee

“I had the idea if I could prove a hot read, then we might just be able to expose that medium with incontrovertible proof.”

Susan Gerbic Reports on the 2014 Skeptics Toolbox

November 13, 2014
Susan Gerbic Reports on the 2014 Skeptics Toolbox

Each August at the University of Oregon, Eugene, you will find a devoted group of conference attendees learning a critical thinking skill to bring back for use in their everyday lives.

CFI Summit: Impressions

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Conference Report
CFI Summit: Impressions

Back from the CFI Summit, I am completely impressed. Not only was there no obvious twerking, but there was no drama, and in our tight little community of scientific skeptics that is a wonderful thing.

Guerrilla Skepticism Visits the Center for Inquiry

August 15, 2013
Guerrilla Skepticism Visits the Center for Inquiry

Wikipedia has become the default initial source of research for many students, teachers and the general public who want answers. It's important and becoming more important daily. Editing Wikipedia is a passion for the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia team.

Wikapediatrician Susan Gerbic discusses her Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project

March 8, 2013
Wikapediatrician Susan Gerbic discusses her Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project

The Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project was started in May 2010 as an effort to unite editors to become more skilled at adding skeptical content to the fifth most popular Internet site in the world. I discovered that there are people in our community that have been looking for a way to become more involved but need more structure, support, and training.

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