Speaker Series: Web of Skepticism

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Web of SKepticism


"A Reason for Reason" skeptical speaker series, in association with CFI, equips you for the modern trenches in September...

Please join us and tell fellow skeptics!

Web of Skepticism:

Guerrilla Activism in the Age of the Internet

Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. That's where the action is for a new generation of critical thinkers and a host of "fence sitters" wondering how to navigate extraordinary claims. The single most powerful skeptical tool on the Internet today is Wikipedia. Just over ten years old, this living, breathing encyclopedia has already changed the epistemology in every language.

Shouting and belittling believers does nothing but force them to circle the cognitive dissonance wagons and shut down. Allowing them to do their own research and think things through independently, without pressure, is the only way to potentially change minds. Susan will discuss the most relevant modern tools and techniques for shaping the public into better critical thinkers, with emphasis on Wikipedia.

Guerrilla Skepticism is the act of inserting well written, carefully cited skeptical references into Wikipedia pages where they are needed, while still following the guidelines and rules of everyone’s online encyclopedia. This grassroots method allows skeptics working at home to contribute to the skeptical movement without personally confronting people.

About the Speaker:

Susan Gerbic blogs at Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia and is often cited as one of the primary influences in the skeptical movement on the web. She is co-founder of Monterey County Skeptics, member of the Independent Investigations Group.  A self-described skeptic junky, Susan recently won the "In the Trenches" award at the 2012 Skeptic's Toolbox and received numerous call-outs from speakers at this year's Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas.


WHEN: 4:30 PM, Saturday Sept. 22, 2012 (Talk starts at 5 PM sharp)

WHERE: Downstairs at Kells Irish Pub, 530 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (CLICK FOR MAP)


Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 06:08