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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.

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.

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