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Susan Gerbic April 2015 at SJC

This entry is also published in Spanish in the website of ARP-SAPC

As you probably know, we are celebrating the XXX Anniversary of ARP-SAPC with a special event this next Saturday (Sep 30th) with Alfonso López Borgoñoz (@lopezborgonoz). As an addition to this celebration, a week later we’ll be honoured to host a Skeptics in the Pub Madrid special event with Susan Gerbic.

Affectionately called the Wikipediatrician, Susan Gerbic is the cofounder of Monterey County Skeptics and a self-proclaimed skeptical junkie. Susan is also founder of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project. She is a frequent contributor to Skeptical Inquirer and Skepticality Podcast. She is the winner of the CSI In the Trenches Award from 2012, James Randi Award for Skepticism in the Public Interest from 2013 and a Scientific and Technical Consultant for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI).

Our SitP event will be the last stage for Susan in a huge tour all through Europe. She’s been (or plans to be, as the tour is currently ongoing) in Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Malmö (Sweden), Prague (Czech Republic), Wrocław (Poland, for the 17th European Skeptics Congress), Göttingen (Germany), Frankfurt (Germany), Zurich (Switzerland), Cesena (Italy, for the CICAPFest 2017), Budapest (Hungary), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Sofia (Bulgaria) and finally Madrid. For more details about her tour, you can start with this video of Susan explaining the details.

One important thing. The talk that Susan has prepared for us will be in English, although in the Q&A it will be possible to make questions in Spanish and we will translate whatever is necessary. The content of the talk, as described by herself:

You supported the March for Science. Now what? 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 10th 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. The GSoW has had a large impact on education around the world since 2010. The GSoW has written and rewritten over 400 Wikipedia pages in many languages. All training is done online, self-paced and with a personal trainer. All GSoW members join the Secret Cabal hidden away on Facebook where new recruits learn the secret handshake. Previous pages include; Spontaneous Human Combustion, Facilitated Communication, Catherine de Jong, Cornelis de Jager, Massimo Polidoro, Massimo Pigliucci, Leo Igwe, Gábor Hraskó, VoF, ARP-SAPC, Klub Sceptyków Polskich, Chupacabras, CICAP, CSICOP, Association française pour l'information scientifique, GWUP, and many many more.

The poster, masterfully designed by Emilio Molina (@ej_molina_c):

Susan Gerbic in Skeptics in the Pub Madrid
Susan Gerbic in Skeptics in the Pub Madrid

As usual, the entrance is free. During the realization of this cultural activity is allowed the presence of minors under 18, provided they do not consume alcoholic beverages, and children under 16 if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

We’ll be waiting for you at the Moe Club, at Alberto Alcocer 32 on Sunday, October 8th at 19:00.

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