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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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!
Homeopathy, Conspiracies & Glyphosate: The Recipe for SkepKon 2018
Susan interviews Annika Merkelbach about this year’s SkepKon
Editing Backwards – GSoW and Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
Many years ago, before the internet was even a glimmer in the eye of Al Gore, I found a copy of Skeptical Inquirer Magazine.
GSoW in the Land of Enchantment
The Susan Gerbic tour continues in New Mexico
Nancy Grace Should be Ashamed of Herself!
Why should we care, she is just another celebrity known for hyping other celebrities right? Wrong.
Photos for Wikipedia
When I travel I look for forgotten museums and historical sites. I quickly look to see if there might be a Wikipedia page that photo can go on and snap away. Upload the image and then give it to a new person to add to the Wikipedia page. It is very rewarding.
A recap of the 2018 Fort Collins Skepticamp
Ten Tricks of the Psychics I Bet You Didn’t Know (You Won’t Believe #6!)
Psychics are out to fool you. Yep, and they are good at it too.
MCS SkeptiCamp: Bringing Skepticism to the People
Susan Gerbic’s local group, Monterey County Skeptics (MCS), has just completed its fourth SkeptiCamp, held January 6, 2018 in Seaside, California.
Thomas Bopp Gets a Worthy Wikipedia Page
Thomas Bopp’s Wikipedia page was an embarrassment until GSoW got interested. Now thousands read about him and his codiscovery.
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 5
This article is the fifth and last chronicling the adventures of my month long European About Time Tour. This tour was funded by individual skeptical organizations and by private donations.
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 4
This article is the fourth of five articles, chronicling the adventures of my month long European About Time Tour. This tour was funded by the individual skeptical organizations and by private donations.
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 3
About Time Tour – September 24–29, 2017
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 2
About Time Tour – September 20–24, 2017
Skeptical Adventures in Europe, Part 1
Susan Gerbic tells of her journeys through the countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
I promise, it is the last time I will write about Tyler Henry. This year. Probably.
Sometimes what is missing from a psychic reading is more interesting—and more important—than what was actually said.
Principles of Curiosity Review
Susan Gerbic Reviews a New Skeptoid Media Production, Principles of Curiosity
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.