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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.

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.

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