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An Interview with CSICon Speaker Sheldon W. Helms

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Sheldon W. Helms

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Evan Bernstein

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Evan Bernstein

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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!

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Kavin Senapathy

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Kavin Senapathy

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

James Alcock - an Interview with Susan Gerbic

James Alcock - an Interview with Susan Gerbic

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

Robert Brotherton habla sobre las teorías conspirativas: “solo la punta del iceberg”

Robert Brotherton habla sobre las teorías conspirativas: “solo la punta del iceberg”

by Susan Gerbic, translated by Alejandro Borgo
CSICon
August 30, 2017

Rob Brotherton es autor y profesor en el Barnard College, ciudad de Nueva York, EE.UU. Tiene un doctorado proveniente de la Goldsmiths University of London; su tesis se refería a la psicología de las teorías conspirativas.

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

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

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

This is Genetic Engineering 2.0!

This is Genetic Engineering 2.0!

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

Addressing the Fear-Based Narrative Around GMOs with Natalie Newell

Addressing the Fear-Based Narrative Around GMOs with Natalie Newell

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

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

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

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

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

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

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

The Age of Misinformation is More Global Than We Might Think

The Age of Misinformation is More Global Than We Might Think

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

The Bloody Work of “Naturopathic Doctors” with Britt Hermes

The Bloody Work of “Naturopathic Doctors” with Britt Hermes

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

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

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

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

Photography Nerds Discuss CSICon

Photography Nerds Discuss CSICon

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

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

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

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

Skeptic from Czech Republic Checks Out CSICon

Skeptic from Czech Republic Checks Out CSICon

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

Pratkanis on Altercasting and CSICon—an Interview with Susan Gerbic

Pratkanis on Altercasting and CSICon—an Interview with Susan Gerbic

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

Predicting Pseudoscience Conspiracy Theories – An Interview with Craig Foster

Predicting Pseudoscience Conspiracy Theories – An Interview with Craig Foster

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

Susan Gerbic talks with Katie Dyer about her CSICon Experience

Susan Gerbic talks with Katie Dyer about her CSICon Experience

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.”

Susan Gerbic talks with Bob Knaier about his CSICon Experience.

Susan Gerbic talks with Bob Knaier about his CSICon Experience.

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

From Chemtrails to CSICon: An Interview with Mick West.

From Chemtrails to CSICon: An Interview with Mick West.

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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…

Let’s Bring More Students to CSICon

Let’s Bring More Students to CSICon

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

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

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

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
December 1, 2016

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

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

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

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

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

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

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

The Challenges of Science Communication: An Interview with Kevin Folta

The Challenges of Science Communication: An Interview with Kevin Folta

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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

Keeping Up with Paul Offit

Keeping Up with Paul Offit

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

A Conversation with George Hrab

A Conversation with George Hrab

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.

A Conversation with the SkepDoc

A Conversation with the SkepDoc

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
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.