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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Cómo me involucré en el mundo escéptico
Yo era extremadamente crédula e ingenua. No tenía a quién preguntarle y la Guerra Fría estaba en su esplendor.
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.
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
I was extremely gullible and naive, had no one to ask, and the Cold War was in full swing.
Let Your Questioning Start with Wikipedia
Do you remember January 18, 2012? That was the day many websites protested the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), which were proposed laws in the U.S. Congress. Wikipedia for a whole day blacked out their site, instead displaying the message “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge” and asking people to …
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.
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.
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
This is a story about the wonder of science and the power of connection.
Tip the Canoe of Tyler Too!
Operation Tater Tot is a project I and others are working on to educate television viewers about the alleged accuracy and endorsements from celebrities of Tyler Henry on the E! Network.
I Like Pi
It’s a commonly known fact that skeptics are nerds, so we might as well embrace it and use it to our advantage.
A Skeptic’s Woe over Margaret Cho
Being an atheist does not by default make you a skeptic. And the reverse is also true; being a skeptic does not make you an atheist.
Operation Tater Tot: Following Up On A Grief Vampire
What people need to understand is that it is NOT my responsibility to disprove Tyler Henry or any other psychic. The burden of proof lies in the person who is making the extraordinary claim to prove they have the ability they claim to have.
Grief Vampires Don’t Come Out Only at Night
These people come and go fame-wise. His flame might be bright for the moment, but it could quickly fade into obscurity, or it could ignite a fire that will burn the memories and interrupt and corrupt the grieving process for parents who go to him in desperation and loss.
The Wikipediatrician’s Whirlwind Australian Tour
I encourage everyone to not just visit a place but use social media to find our community. Skeptic groups in areas all over the world have Meetup.com and Facebook pages; reach out to them and make your own mini-tour. I’m sure that they are as interested in meeting you as you are in meeting them.
Learn to Edit Wikipedia like a GSoW Editor-Backwards Editing
So you might have heard about this awesome website called Wikipedia. It’s the sixth most viewed website worldwide. It is where most people find out information about the weird in the world. I’m going to explain a Wikipedia editing technique that I call Backwards Editing and how you can help out without joining my Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project.
Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained
Allow me to set the record straight. First off, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that is trying to be the repository of all knowledge; it is not Tumbler or Reddit or some other social network. Wikipedia has rules. Some of them are open to interpretation a bit, but for the most part the rules are discussed within the community of editors and usually enforced evenly.
A State of Many Mysteries
Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment by Benjamin Radford