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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 Bob Novella

CSICon
September 28, 2017
An Interview with CSICon Speaker Bob Novella

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.

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Maria Konnikova

CSICon
September 25, 2017
An Interview with CSICon Speaker Maria Konnikova

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!

The Experience of Experiencing Eclipse People Watching

Special Report
September 22, 2017
The Experience of Experiencing Eclipse People Watching

Susan Gerbic explains her experience of totality during the 2017 Solar Eclipse

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Sheldon W. Helms

CSICon
September 22, 2017
An Interview with CSICon Speaker Sheldon W. Helms

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.

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.

Susan Gerbic talks with Katie Dyer about her CSICon Experience

CSICon
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.

CSICon
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.

CSICon
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

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”

CSICon
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

CSICon
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

CSICon
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

CSICon
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

CSICon
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

CSICon
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

CSICon
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

Special Report

Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

Forum
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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

Guerrilla Skepticism
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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