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The Well-Known Skeptic

If you are reading this, it may be because you are wondering about the name of my column. “How is this guy Rob Palmer—who I never heard of—writing an online column named ‘The Well-Known Skeptic’?

Well, for a long time I have been known by friends, family, and co-workers as the guy who “doesn’t believe in anything.” That’s because I am always the one to challenge woo claims in any discussion—even conversations I wasn’t originally part of (and I wonder why I don’t get invited to parties!) But even frequent personal interactions are not nearly enough to justify that description.

Could it be because, as a member of the Guerrilla Skeptics team, my skeptical outreach efforts put skeptical content in the hands of millions of Wikipedia readers as I detailed in my first SI article? That can’t be it. I am anonymous on Wikipedia, as are most contributors.

So, then what is the explanation? I actually have to thank Jay Novella; he inexplicably assigned me that honorific on The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe in early 2018. (Listen to the clip here.) I was beyond surprised to hear this phrase applied to myself, as it was certainly premature. But now, out of the blue, I was afforded this column to periodically share my musings on a range of topics (hopefully) of interest to readers of the most popular source of skeptical analysis! 

Uncharacteristically, I believe this turn of events may reveal Jay’s description of me to have been the first proven, honest-to-goodness, paranormal, psychic, clairvoyant premonition. Somebody needs to contact the IIG to have Jay tested! On the other hand, maybe there is a simpler explanation: using Occam’s Razor, I have deduced that that SGU crew has more likely simply invented a time machine.

I’m Keeping My Skeptic’s Card!

I’m Keeping My Skeptic’s Card!

by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
September 14, 2018

What was “The Well-Known Skeptic” supposed to do?

Introducing Psychic-Busting Private Eye Bob Nygaard (Part 2)

Introducing Psychic-Busting Private Eye Bob Nygaard (Part 2)

by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
August 22, 2018

Here is part 2 of my conversation with Nygaard.

Introducing Psychic-Busting Private Eye Bob Nygaard (Part 1)

Introducing Psychic-Busting Private Eye Bob Nygaard (Part 1)

by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
August 15, 2018

Nygaard is a one-of-a-kind detective who specializes in bringing “psychic” con artists to justice.

A Report from the Inaugural NYC SpeedyCamp

A Report from the Inaugural NYC SpeedyCamp

by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
July 20, 2018

On June 10, yours truly—someone who had never done a presentation anywhere as a skeptic with a capital “S”—was the very first speaker at the very first New York City Skeptics’ SpeedyCamp. So, of course I have absolutely no choice but to report on this event right here and now in my new column.

Celebrating 500

Celebrating 500

by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
July 2, 2018

An Interview with Richard Saunders of The Skeptic Zone

Guerrilla Skeptics: A Pathway to Skeptical Activism

Guerrilla Skeptics: A Pathway to Skeptical Activism

by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
May 25, 2018

I was lucky that I eventually stumbled upon a copy of Skeptical Inquirer in my school’s library, and it was that event that put me on the path to rationality.