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. She is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and writes for her column, Guerilla Skepticism, often. You can contact her through her website.
April 25, 2018
One of the joys of attending skeptic conferences such as CSICon is introducing new people to the community and seeing them spark when they meet more people and then become more involved in the getting work done.
April 20, 2018
Why should we care, she is just another celebrity known for hyping other celebrities right? Wrong.
April 19, 2018
When I travel I look for forgotten museums and historical sites. I quickly look to see if there might be a Wikipedia page that photo can go on and snap away. Upload the image and then give it to a new person to add to the Wikipedia page. It is very rewarding.
March 29, 2018
One of best parts of our community is the short lectures told by people who generally aren’t known as main speakers.
March 23, 2018
Psychics are out to fool you. Yep, and they are good at it too.
March 20, 2018
Susan Gerbic’s local group, Monterey County Skeptics (MCS), has just completed its fourth SkeptiCamp, held January 6, 2018 in Seaside, California.
March 5, 2018
Thomas Bopp’s Wikipedia page was an embarrassment until GSoW got interested. Now thousands read about him and his codiscovery.
March 2, 2018
This article is the fifth and last chronicling the adventures of my month long European About Time Tour. This tour was funded by individual skeptical organizations and by private donations.
February 20, 2018
This article is the fourth of five articles, chronicling the adventures of my month long European About Time Tour. This tour was funded by the individual skeptical organizations and by private donations.
February 16, 2018
About Time Tour – September 24–29, 2017
February 9, 2018
About Time Tour – September 20–24, 2017
February 8, 2018
Susan Gerbic tells of her journeys through the countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
December 8, 2017
Sometimes what is missing from a psychic reading is more interesting—and more important—than what was actually said.
December 5, 2017
Susan Gerbic explains the history behind the Randi photo and the obstacles faced while trying to capture it.
September 28, 2017
Bob Novella is one of the founding members of the popular The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast that started in May 2005. He and the rest of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe rogues will be speaking at CSICon, October 26–28, 2017.
September 25, 2017
Maria Konnikova is a full-time writer with PhD in Psychology. She’s written two books and has been working on a third. Learn more about her here!
September 22, 2017
Susan Gerbic explains her experience of totality during the 2017 Solar Eclipse
September 22, 2017
Sheldon W. Helms is a professor of experimental psychology at Ohlone College in Fremont, California, where he serves as senior faculty member in the Psychology Department.
September 18, 2017
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!
September 15, 2017
Is Hollywood Medium blaming Alan Thicke for not taking Tyler Henry’s reading seriously?
September 14, 2017
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.
September 6, 2017
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.
August 25, 2017
The world is turned inside out for Susan Gerbic, as she makes a visit to the Puzzling World, located in New Zealand
August 24, 2017
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.
August 24, 2017
Susan Gerbic re-caps her recent experiences in New Zealand at the Skeptics Conference.
August 14, 2017
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.
August 8, 2017
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.
August 4, 2017
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.
August 2, 2017
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.
July 31, 2017
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.
July 25, 2017
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.
July 24, 2017
Susan Gerbic Reviews a New Skeptoid Media Production, Principles of Curiosity
July 20, 2017
Race, Pornography, Fake News, Eclipse, Brain Myths, Popular Assumptions, and the Magic of Science…
July 19, 2017
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.
July 3, 2017
I have written extensively that from everything I have seen he is using cold-reading tactics.
June 15, 2017
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.
June 2, 2017
Wikipedia as you know contains lots of text, but the better pages also contain photos, audio, and video…
May 31, 2017
We care about science, education, critical thinking, and the Earth. Okay, now what?
May 3, 2017
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.
April 13, 2017
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.
April 3, 2017
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
March 27, 2017
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.
March 24, 2017
I really want to use this opportunity to explain the inner workings of Wikipedia and how everyone is needed to help police it.
March 23, 2017
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.
March 14, 2017
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.
Let Your Questioning Start with Wikipedia
March 3, 2017
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.
I was extremely gullible and naive, had no one to ask, and the Cold War was in full swing.
February 24, 2017
“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.”
February 21, 2017
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.
February 10, 2017
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…
February 3, 2017
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.
December 21, 2016
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.
December 1, 2016
The lineup of speakers was some of the stars of science and skepticism, making this a must-do conference.
October 10, 2016
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.
September 27, 2016
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.
September 22, 2016
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.
September 20, 2016
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.
September 15, 2016
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
August 9, 2016
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.
July 28, 2016
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.
July 25, 2016
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.
July 18, 2016
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.
June 27, 2016
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.
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.
June 9, 2016
This is a story about the wonder of science and the power of connection.
March 31, 2016
It's a commonly known fact that skeptics are nerds, so we might as well embrace it and use it to our advantage.
March 17, 2016
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.
February 26, 2016
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.
January 20, 2016
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.
January 11, 2016
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.
The SkeptiCal Conference
Skepticism in Popular Music: The Art of Discourse
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.
October 21, 2015
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.
A State of Many Mysteries
Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment by Benjamin Radford
February 10, 2015
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.
February 5, 2015
“I had the idea if I could prove a hot read, then we might just be able to expose that medium with incontrovertible proof.”
November 13, 2014
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.
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.
August 15, 2013
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.
March 8, 2013
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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