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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@yahoo.com.

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Evan Bernstein

CSICon
September 18, 2017
An Interview with CSICon Speaker Evan Bernstein

Evan is the co-host of an award-winning podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and also a member of the executive board for The New England Skeptical Society. Get to know him here!

The One Where “Psychic” Tyler Henry Reads Alan Thicke

September 15, 2017
The One Where “Psychic” Tyler Henry Reads Alan Thicke

Is Hollywood Medium blaming Alan Thicke for not taking Tyler Henry’s reading seriously?

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Kavin Senapathy

CSICon
September 14, 2017
An Interview with CSICon Speaker Kavin Senapathy

Kavin Senapathy will be speaking at CSICon Saturday, October 28 along with Natalie Newell at 11:00 a.m. She is a science communicator who lives in Madison, Wisconsin and writes for Forbes Magazine. Get to know her in this interview.

James Alcock - an Interview with Susan Gerbic

CSICon
September 6, 2017
James Alcock - an Interview with Susan Gerbic

James Alcock is a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also a fellow and member of the Executive Council for the Committee for the Skeptical Inquirer and one of the original faculty lecturers with the Skeptic’s Toolbox.

Puzzling World - NZ

August 25, 2017
Puzzling World - NZ

The world is turned inside out for Susan Gerbic, as she makes a visit to the Puzzling World, located in New Zealand

Enter the Skeptic Zone: An Interview with CSICon Speaker, Richard Saunders

CSICon
August 24, 2017
Enter the Skeptic Zone: An Interview with CSICon Speaker, Richard Saunders

Richard Saunders is twice president of the Australian Skeptics, founder of the popular Sydney Skeptics in the Pub event, actor, and also a professional origamist.

Looking Back at the 2016 New Zealand Skeptics Conference

August 24, 2017
Looking Back at the 2016 New Zealand Skeptics Conference

Susan Gerbic re-caps her recent experiences in New Zealand at the Skeptics Conference.

This is Genetic Engineering 2.0!

CSICon
August 14, 2017
This is Genetic Engineering 2.0!

Kevin Folta is a professor at the University of Florida and the chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department. He will be speaking at CSICon on Friday October 27.

Addressing the Fear-Based Narrative Around GMOs with Natalie Newell

CSICon
August 8, 2017
Addressing the Fear-Based Narrative Around GMOs with Natalie Newell

Natalie Newell is the director and producer of the Science Moms documentary that will be shown at CSICon on Saturday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m.

Kenny Biddle at CSICon: You Are Going to Love His Workshop!

CSICon
August 4, 2017
Kenny Biddle at CSICon: You Are Going to Love His Workshop!

Kenny Biddle lives in Pennsylvania and was a paranormal investigator until he began questioning ghost photographs he and his peers kept shooting. He is a professional photographer, blogger, writer and science enthusiast. He will be speaking at CSICon 2017 Thursday, October 26.

Robert Brotherton on Conspiracy Theories: “...just the tip of the iceberg.”

CSICon
August 2, 2017
Robert Brotherton on Conspiracy Theories: “...just the tip of the iceberg.”

I got into conspiracy theories very early in my psychology career, while I was still an undergrad. Around that time I was getting into the skeptical movement, reading books such as Flim Flam and The Demon Haunted World, and it got me interested in the weird side of psychology – false memories, magical beliefs, and the like.

The Age of Misinformation is More Global Than We Might Think

CSICon
July 31, 2017
The Age of Misinformation is More Global Than We Might Think

Taner Edis is a professor of physics at Truman State University in Missouri. He is a Scientific and Technical Consultant for CSI and has written several books on religion and science. He will be speaking at CSICon 2017 at 9am on Saturday, October 28.

The Bloody Work of “Naturopathic Doctors” with Britt Hermes

CSICon
July 25, 2017
The Bloody Work of “Naturopathic Doctors” with Britt Hermes

So, I was one of these “naturopathic doctors.” I went to a school near Seattle named Bastyr University, which told prospective students that its curriculum was “just like” medical school.

Principles of Curiosity Review

Guerrilla Skepticism
July 24, 2017
Principles of Curiosity Review

Susan Gerbic Reviews a New Skeptoid Media Production, Principles of Curiosity

SkeptiCal 2017

Special Report
July 20, 2017
SkeptiCal 2017

Race, Pornography, Fake News, Eclipse, Brain Myths, Popular Assumptions, and the Magic of Science…

“We shall see if the spirits are willing” - Meet CSICon Speaker Mark Edward

CSICon
July 19, 2017
“We shall see if the spirits are willing” - Meet CSICon Speaker Mark Edward

Everyone will have the opportunity to learn how to cold read up close and personal and there may be some amazing other more experimental things that will happen.

Eventually I’m going to piss off Tyler Henry

Guerrilla Skepticism
July 3, 2017
Eventually I’m going to piss off Tyler Henry

I have written extensively that from everything I have seen he is using cold-reading tactics.

The Real ESP—Building a Bridge for Skeptics

Guerrilla Skepticism
June 15, 2017
The Real ESP—Building a Bridge for Skeptics

This interview with the European Skeptics Podcast is an example of what can happen when you venture out and meet others who share the same passion and worldview.

GSoW Audio of Skeptics Project

Guerrilla Skepticism
June 2, 2017
GSoW Audio of Skeptics Project

Wikipedia as you know contains lots of text, but the better pages also contain photos, audio, and video…

So, you supported the March for Science. Now what?

Guerrilla Skepticism
May 31, 2017
So, you supported the March for Science. Now what?

We care about science, education, critical thinking, and the Earth. Okay, now what?

Anatomy of a Reading

Guerrilla Skepticism
May 3, 2017
Anatomy of a Reading

I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Tyler Henry, and I might be alone in thinking that what is going on with his readings has nothing to do with Google and everything to do with cold-reading.

Photography Nerds Discuss CSICon

CSICon
April 13, 2017
Photography Nerds Discuss CSICon

It’s very validating as an amateur photographer to have someone want to use one of your photos, especially if it’s for something important… It’s my small contribution to the movement.

Facilitated Communication on Wikipedia gets an Update

Guerrilla Skepticism
April 3, 2017
Facilitated Communication on Wikipedia gets an Update

To the scientific skeptic community, the evidence presented is going to have to reach a high bar before it will be accepted. To the believer, in many cases the word evidence means that they have seen it work.

You thought your weekend was interesting? Ellen Tarr talks about Rh-negative blood and Sasquatch DNA

CSICon
March 27, 2017
You thought your weekend was interesting? Ellen Tarr talks about Rh-negative blood and Sasquatch DNA

Once I did the research, I wanted to publish it so others had the information. I looked around and decided a strictly academic journal would probably not get the audience I wanted, and I found the Skeptical Inquirer.

Vandalism on Wikipedia

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

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

CSICon
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

CSICon
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.

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