With a magical introduction from Mark Edward

Susan Gerbic

When?
Thursday, April 18 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George St
York
YO1 9PT

Who?
Susan Gerbic

What's the talk about?

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TALK IS NOT IN OUR USUAL FOURTH MONDAY OF THE MONTH SLOT!

Tired of fighting trolls online? Tired of fake news? Want to do something that actually fights back? Susan Gerbic will be explaining why the answer is to join her project, Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW). She will explain why improving the pages for Science and Scientific Skepticism on the 4th most popular website improves education world-wide.

GSoW works to support the people and organizations that do the research, write the books, organize the conferences and take the heat from the anti-science and paranormal world.  GSoW gives them the best possible Wikipedia pages possible, while following all the rules of Wikipedia. GSoW has had a large impact on education around the world since 2010. GSoW has written and rewritten over 850 Wikipedia pages in many languages.

All training is done online, self-paced and with a personal trainer. All GSoW members join the "Secret Caba"l hidden away on Facebook where new recruits learn the secret handshake. Previous pages include; Spontaneous Human Combustion, Facilitated Communication, Chris French, Skeptics with a K (English & Dutch), Deborah Hyde (English, Polish & Dutch), Edinburgh Skeptics (English & Dutch), European Skeptics Podcast, Glasgow Skeptics (English & Dutch),  Caroline Watt, Camp Quest UK (English & Dutch), Richard Wiseman (English, Portuguese, Spanish) and so many more.

The talk will also feature an introduction, featuring mentalism, by Susan's partner, Mark Edward.

Mark Edward and Susan Gerbic travel as a team. Both are acknowledged science activists who promote critical thinking, while at the same time spreading the word on Guerilla Skepticism, a more focused and direct activist agenda.

Susan is affectionately called the Wikipediatrician as the founder of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) and Monterey County Skeptics. A Skeptical Inquirer contributor, Susan is a fellow of CSI and winner of the James Randi Foundation award for 2017. In 2018, Susan founded and manages About Time a non-profit organization focusing on scientific skepticism and activism. While her particular focus has been “Grief Vampires” (psychics), her activism encompasses all areas of skepticism.

Mark is one of only five specially chosen and trained “psychic mediums” in the history of Hollywood's famed Magic Castle, where he performed fifteen years of séance performances that helped him perfect the role of spirit medium and psychic entertainer. As a writer he has written books on these subjects and lectures extensively as a teacher of magic, mentalism and psychic fraud. He has most recently appeared on television as both primary consultant and on-air performer on truTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything,” National Geographic’s “Brain Games,” “Inside Edition,” and “Nancy Grace.” Over the years he worked on screen in “A & E's Biography: Houdini, the Great Escape," NBC's "The Other Side" and "Psychic Secrets Revealed," The Sci-Fi Channel's "Mysteries, Magic and Miracles," The Discovery Channel's "Forces Beyond," and The Learning Channel's "Exploring the Unknown." His featured segment as a spirit medium on the pilot episode of Showtime's "Penn & Teller's Bullshit!" entitled; "Speaking with the Dead" helped secure an Emmy Award nomination for that episode in 2002. He continues to be consulted by the media for his knowledge of spiritualism, psychic scams and ghost lore.