A Cunning Plan – Bringing Students to CSICon
Cover Image: John Anglin talks about moon hoaxes to Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas. Photo by Ron Lee. This article is about one of the skeptic community’s biggest success. We have been seeing so much bad news lately that I know this will warm up your aortas. One of the biggest complaints I …
Matt Fraser LIVE!
It’s been a while since the Operation Peach Pit investigation we completed on medium Matt Fraser. To catch up quickly, here is the NYT’s article and Kenny Biddle’s article with details of the experience. I promise I haven’t ignored him. All the footage I’ve seen of Fraser shows him to be a very quick and …
Thomas John and the Believers
Faking questions? I highly doubt it. These people overwhelming believe Thomas John is in contact with their dearly departed. It’s extremely sad to watch people preyed on by these grief vampires who are trying to get a hook into their desperation and trust. As someone who has lived in this skeptic universe for years, I’ve …
Snopes at CSICon
David Mikkelson is the founder and leader of the urban legend website Snopes. Founded in 1994, it began on a Usenet newsgroup called alt.folklore.urban and continued growing into its own amazingly popular website Snopes.com. Mikkelson will be speaking at CSICon Friday October 18 at 11:30 am. His talk is titled “Junk News as Science.” …
An Interview with Rex Morgan, M.D. Writer/Artist Terry Beatty
Susan Gerbic: So, Terry, thank you for taking some time to talk to me. I’ve been reading Rex Morgan, M.D. for years but got into it quite late in Rex’s terms, as it has been running since 1948. It was created by Dr. Nicholas Dallis and has been in print for over seventy years. …
What’s Wrong with the News Just Reporting the News? Matt Fraser on Morning TV
I’ve become very interested in the relationship between mediums and the morning news programs giving free publicity to push psychics’ shows and private readings. I know that morning programming is trying to be engaging and fun, even showing the reporters as a friend to the viewer in the hopes of persuading them to start every …
Meet CSICon 2019 Emcee Leighann Lord
Leighann Lord is a standup comedian from Jamaica Queens, who was the winner of the 2019 Humanist Arts Award. She is an author of several books, including Real Women Do It Standing Up and Dict Jokes. She hosts a podcast called People with Parents, and you can find her at various skeptic conferences as speaker …
Robert S. Lancaster: February 11, 1958 – September 7, 2019
We have lost one of the most influential members of the modern skeptic community. And it is very possible that you won’t have even heard of him. I’m going to fix that right now, so read on. Before Facebook, Twitter, and other social network platforms, we used forums to communicate. Some of you probably still …
On Intelligence – An Interview with Jeff Hawkins
Jeff Hawkins is the cofounder of Numenta, a neuroscience and AI company. Previously, he was the Director of the Redwood Neuroscience Institute and was cofounder of Palm Computing and Handspring He is the author of the book On Intelligence. Jeff will be speaking at CSICon on Friday October 18 at 10 a.m. His lecture is …
Three Parents Reveal the Truth about Psychic Thomas John
One of my team members just got back to me with extensive research of another of Thomas John’s readings. This time it was three grieving women, Linda M. McCarthy, Beth West, and Tracy Soussi, each of whom lost a son. Soussi is currently Thomas John’s assistant. All three women state that “some” of the information …
Legislative Alchemy: An Interview with Jann Bellamy
Cover Image: While kayaking in Alaska recently, Jann Bellamy was happy to discover some ice is still there. Jann Bellamy is a Florida attorney who writes for the popular Science-Based Medicine site. She is a founder and board member of the Society for Science-Based Medicine (SfSBM). She will be speaking at CSICon on Friday, …
Slow Down – Filter and Reflect with Gordon Pennycook
Gordon Pennycook is the assistant professor at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. He is on the Editorial Board for Thinking and Reasoning and a consulting editor for Judgement & Decision Marking. He researches gut feelings versus analytic reasoning, fake news and the causes and consequences of analytic thinking. He will be speaking at CSICon …
CFI Homeopathy Lawsuit Updates: An Interview with Nick Little
Nick Little is the vice president and general counsel of Center for Inquiry (CFI), the organization that oversees the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), which hosts CSICon. Nick will be speaking at CSICon on Saturday, October 19, at 10 am. Susan Gerbic: Hello there, Nick. So nice to get a chance to talk to …
Interview with Cracked Science, Jonathan Jarry
Cover Photography by Matteo Zamaria Susan Gerbic: Hello Jonathan – I’m looking forward to seeing you at CSICon this year. We first met at CSICon 2017 when you interviewed me for the McGill Office for Science & Society (OSS). Please introduce yourself to everyone. You will be speaking at CSICon, Saturday, October 19, at …
“Human Errors: What Our Quirks Tell Us about Our Past.” — An Interview with Nathan Lents
Nathan Lents is a professor of biology at John Jay College, a prolific science writer, and a speaker at this year’s CSICon. He will be presenting on Saturday October 19 at 9:30am. His talk is titled “Human Errors: What Our Quirks Tell Us about Our Past.” Susan Gerbic: Hello, Nathan. Very nice to meet …
Musings on SkeptiCal at Ten
It has been ten years since the Sacramento Area Skeptics and the Bay Area Skeptics cosponsored the first SkeptiCal. I’m very proud to say that I have attended all ten and enjoyed them all. The conference is usually held in either Oakland or Berkeley, but this year it found a new location. On June 9, …
Catching Up with Britt Hermes – CSICon 2019
Britt Marie Hermes is a writer, scientist, and former naturopathic doctor who will be speaking at CSICon on Saturday, October 19 at noon. Her lecture is titled “Do Not Harm, But First, Nature.” Join us at CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas! Meet fellow skeptics and hear from the brightest minds in science. Learn More …
I’m Speechless! Thomas John reads KJBK Fox2 Derek Kevrea
Cover Image: Facebook Post by Derek Kevrea — “I’m speechless. Thomas John: Celebrity Medium communicated with my Grandpa. Said ‘He’s proud of you’. It’s a miracle I held it together.” If you have been following the career of Thomas John “Seatbelt Psychic” Flanagan also known as The Manhattan Medium through my various investigations, then …
Behind the Scenes at Wikipedia with the GSoW
I would like to introduce you to the most prolific editor for Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW), Leon Korteweg. Leon is unusual in many good ways, but as far as our Wikipedia editing team goes, he was already a prolific editor when he joined us. The majority of our (so far) 150-member team are first-time …
Today Is Your Lucky Day! An Interview with Bailey Harris
Susan Gerbic: Hello, Bailey! So nice to meet you, if only over email. I’m really looking forward to meeting you in person at CSICon this year. You will be speaking on Saturday, October 19, in the 11:00 am timeslot. I think this is your first skeptic conference and hope it won’t be your last. Please …
Thomas John Revisited
On February 26, 2019, the New York Times published an article by journalist Jack Hitt, featuring the two-year investigation I and my team had conducted on mediums Thomas John and Matt Fraser. These operations were named Operation Pizza Roll and Operation Peach Pit. Also included in the NYT article was a mention of research I …
I’ve been hearing that attendance numbers for CSICon 2019 are ahead of last year’s pace, and each year more people attend than the previous year. I’m sure conference organizer Barry Karr does not believe in jinxes, so of course he will be fine with my confidence that we should put out a primer for those …
Activism for the Rest of Us
Normally I’m not one to expound on a peer’s article, especially when that peer is Steven Novella, skeptic communicator extraordinaire. But I’m about to do so now. Novella wrote an article that focused on a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) editorial about medical misinformation (“JAMA on Medical Misinformation,” published April 24, 2019) and …
Fringe Theory on Portuguese Wikipedia
Since nearly the beginning of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project, I have been preaching to anyone that will listen that if we are going to educate the world about pseudoscience, we will have to recognize that not everyone reads in English. This is why our team edits in many languages. We write and …
Buckle Up – Seatbelt Psychic
CSI Fellow, Susan Gerbic investigates Lifetime’s “Seat Belt Psychic”. Thomas John (The Manhattan Medium) drives around Los Angeles picking up “unsuspecting” riders, along the way he speaks to their dead family members and pets. Very accurate and specific readings. There is no way he could know these things … unless.
Operation Pizza Roll – Thomas John
Susanna and Mark Wilson got a psychic reading from the Manhattan Medium, Thomas John’s March 2017 psychic event. Thomas John was accurate and detailed with his readings. One problem though, Susanna and Mark Wilson don’t exist. But their Facebook pages do.
Vampires at CSICON?
An Interview with Deborah Hyde, Vampire Expert
What can we learn from Michael Marshall’s “Be Reasonable” Podcast?
Be Reasonable is a monthly podcast that Michael started in January 2013. It is a reasoned discussion with people who are outside what we would call the scientific world.
Carlos and Natália are coming to CSICon to meet YOU!
Introducing you to two of my newest acquaintances who will be attending CSICon from Brazil
Adam Does Not Ruin Everything–FACT!
Adam will be speaking at CSICon on Sunday, October 21, at 9 am.I’m sharing the brief conversation I had with him.
Fifty Books and Counting
An Interview with Massimo Polidoro
King of Volunteers – A Interview with Scott Romanowski
A simple offer to help unpack books at a TAM conference long ago has led to a second career as conference volunteer coordinator for CSICon. Scott and Susan Gerbic reminisce about some of their favorite TAM and CSICon conference moments.
Mitchell Lampert – A Interview with a Straw Vulcan
Susan Gerbic Interviews CSICon and Halloween Enthusiast, Mitchell Lampert
Testicles and Paying Attention
An Interview with Abby Hafer
GOOP, Netflix and Motion Sickness
An Interview with Timothy Caulfield
Dr. Tarjany and the Moss Cancer Cure: A Conversation with Jonathan Jarry
Who would’ve thought after all this cancer research, moss was the answer!
Catching up with the Indefatigable Kavin Senapathy
Susan Gerbic sits down with CSICon18 speaker Kavin Senapathy
An Interview with the “Numerical Hygiene” Guy
CSICon Workshop Facilitator Bill London
Homeopathy, Conspiracies & Glyphosate: The Recipe for SkepKon 2018
Susan interviews Annika Merkelbach about this year’s SkepKon
On Tapeworms and Laughter
A Conversation with Carl Zimmer