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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.

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A Conversation with Skeptics’ Guide Rogue Jay Novella (Part 2)

A Conversation with Skeptics’ Guide Rogue Jay Novella (Part 2)


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by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
November 12, 2018

In part 2 of this interview, we discuss the legacy of Perry DeAngelis, some Skeptics’ Guide segments including Jay’s all time favorite “Who’s That Noisy?”, and the Novella brothers’ science fiction review show Alpha Quadrant 6.

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: A Book Review

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: A Book Review


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

For the two weeks I was listening to it during my daily commute, I couldn’t wait to get back in the car every weekday to pick up where I left off.

A Conversation with Skeptics’ Guide Rogue Jay Novella (Part 1)

A Conversation with Skeptics’ Guide Rogue Jay Novella (Part 1)


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by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
October 26, 2018

Jay discussed the podcast and first SGU book.

I’m Keeping My Skeptic’s Card!

I’m Keeping My Skeptic’s Card!


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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)


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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)


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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


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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


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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


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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.