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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.

Vandalism on Wikipedia

March 24, 2017
Vandalism on Wikipedia

I really want to use this opportunity to explain the inner workings of Wikipedia and how everyone is needed to help police it.

Skeptic from Czech Republic Checks Out CSICon

March 23, 2017
Skeptic from Czech Republic Checks Out CSICon

After getting to know the other participants, it started to feel like a family, community meeting, even to my Czech colleague and me, who were complete outsiders.

Pratkanis on Altercasting and CSICon—an Interview with Susan Gerbic

March 14, 2017
Pratkanis on Altercasting and CSICon—an Interview with Susan Gerbic

Well, we still live in a demon-haunted world, even though all of us have the opportunity to hold up a candle to the darkness. That’s the way it has been for the length of our species’ existence.

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Let Your Questioning Start with Wikipedia

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Forum

Predicting Pseudoscience Conspiracy Theories – An Interview with Craig Foster

March 3, 2017
Predicting Pseudoscience Conspiracy Theories – An Interview with Craig Foster

This might seem odd, but I did leave CSICon with a greater appreciation for skepticism as a movement. The world would be a much better place if we could mitigate some of the implausible beliefs that are ultimately harmful.

How I Got Hooked on the Skeptical World

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

I was extremely gullible and naive, had no one to ask, and the Cold War was in full swing.

Susan Gerbic talks with Katie Dyer about her CSICon Experience

February 24, 2017
Susan Gerbic talks with Katie Dyer about her CSICon Experience

“I care about teaching my students about skepticism. And CSICon is a place where I can meet up with folks interested in the same things.”

Susan Gerbic talks with Bob Knaier about his CSICon Experience.

February 21, 2017
Susan Gerbic talks with Bob Knaier about his CSICon Experience.

You can imagine my excitement (and dismay) when I came across an example of expert testimony being offered in support of a classic piece of pseudoscience: homeopathy.

From Chemtrails to CSICon: An Interview with Mick West.

February 10, 2017
From Chemtrails to CSICon: An Interview with Mick West.

Skeptics are fairly politically diverse, but we are united in our opposition to fake science, alternative facts, charlatans, and bunk. CSICon is part of the solution…

Local Skeptical Outreach & Activism: Monterey County SkeptiCamp

February 3, 2017
Local Skeptical Outreach & Activism: Monterey County SkeptiCamp

Skepticism as a “thing” is unknown to most people; they don’t understand that there are communities, conferences, books, podcasts, and more that focus on all kinds of topics. It’s our responsibility to educate the public about these matters.

Let’s Bring More Students to CSICon

December 21, 2016
Let’s Bring More Students to CSICon

I’m not advocating for the conference organizers to lower their costs to students, but for the community to step up and help fund getting new people to the conference.

CSICon Las Vegas: “Go for the speakers, return for the people”

Special Report
December 1, 2016
CSICon Las Vegas: “Go for the speakers, return for the people”

The lineup of speakers was some of the stars of science and skepticism, making this a must-do conference.

Skeptical Community Mourns the Loss of Robert Todd Carroll

October 10, 2016
Skeptical Community Mourns the Loss of Robert Todd Carroll

Bob Carroll was exceptional to his family and friends, and I want everyone to know that he was very special to the skeptic community as well.

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

Online Extras
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

Online Extras
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

Online Extras
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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