"Guerilla Skepticism" and Beer – with Susan Gerbic and Jim Underdown

Enjoy a no-host dinner and drinks while listening to two entertaining presenters who are in the trenches for reason and skepticism. Both have come up from California to train our new Independent Investigations group in Portland on Saturday. On Friday night, they've agreed to join us at Ringlers to give you an update on their work:

1. Jim Underdown, Executive Director of CFI Los Angeles and founder of the Independent Investigative Group (IIG), which offers $50,000 for proof of the paranormal, will talk about the work of IIGs around the country. IIG is the largest paranormal investigations team in the world, with teams across the US and Canada. Underdown received his BA in English from DePaw University where he was defensive end for the Tiger’s football team. Underdown has done improv comedy, written and directed short films and plays, and is the lead singer of The Heathens rock and roll band. He has appeared on TV shows such as Dr. Phil, the Discovery Channel’s Weird or What?, Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!  and the Oprah Channel’s Miracle Detective.

2. Susan Gerbic, affectionately known as the Wikapediatrician, is known for her work on Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, a project started in 2010. She is a co-founder of the Monterey County Skeptics, a steering member of  IIG and a “self-proclaimed skeptical junkie.” She received the “In the Trenches” award at the 2012 Skeptics Toolbox. Her World Wikipedia project began in August 2012 to get skeptical Wikipedia pages up in as many languages as possible. Her first worldwide project was the Jerry Andrus page, in which her team of interpreters released the page in Arabic, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese. Her project We Got Your Wiki Back writes or rewrites the Wiki pages of skeptical leaders when they are in the news and she knows hits on their Wiki pages will go up. Wikipedia is the fifth most popular site on the Web. Gerbic’s efforts to clean up pseudoscience on Wikipedia and create pages for well-known skeptics has made her a “super villain” in the eyes of the paranormal community, where one blogger lamented they needed a Gerbic on their side!

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  • DaniT

    I hope somebody will bring their camera.

    May 10, 2013

  • Larry M.

    My wife Maggie and I will get there about 7:00.

    May 10, 2013

  • Susan G.

    Susan is in Portland! Beautiful place... so green.

    2 · May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there about 7:30

    May 10, 2013

  • Paula

    I wish I could be in Portland for this (I live in L.A.)
    But I just saw this event happening in your neck of the woods.

    Jim U, if you are still in town Saturday, you might want to check it out!

    May 10, 2013

    • Susan G.

      I'm reading it over now What's her face. I'm always up for this kind of stuff. But I forgot my Guy Frakes mask. Would have to go as one of them.

      1 · May 10, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Sorry, but things have come up.

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ron, yours might be my favorite-ever "Why I can't make it" post. "I bought a 300 amp Powcon welding inverter." Hahahahaha! I love it! So cool.

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • will

    I will be there at about 7PM sorry unexpected late afternoon library biz to attend to.

    May 10, 2013

  • Ron

    I bought a 300 amp Powcon welding inverter, gotta play with it to get it up and running for a few welding projects. So I'll see you all at Pete's gig on Sunday.

    May 9, 2013

  • Pavanna S.

    Sounds like a winner, so I'll be there!

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd really like to hear Ms. Gerbic (and I just learned there are also wikipediatricians out there); do we know what time she'll be at the mic? I think anyone who doesn't take public transit to that location will need Valium or Xanax, given the traffic/parking situation thereabouts on a Friday night. Do you need a headcount or can people just show up midpoint?

    May 6, 2013

    • SylviaB

      I think Jim and Susan can negotiate their preferred speaking order between them. It's a pretty informal thing. Maybe we should take your feedback and delay the start time by half an hour. I'm thinking 6.30 on a Friday is technically not rush hour anymore, but you are right, public transportation may be a different story. We can all start hanging out at 6.30 and then have Susan and Jim start their presentations at 7.00. How's that? As for the headcount, definitely would prefer a total head count, whether people arrive on time or late. It helps us plan. Thanks.

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Susan G.

    Please call me Susan. I am available to talk to anyone that has questions afterwards. In fact I look forward to answering detailed questions (with my laptop). The talk I'm giving at the mic will be general, and overview of the project. If you want a head-start, here is the most recent lecture I've given. http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/2108-skepticism-a-the-new-encyclopedia-or-wiki-skepticism-you-can-do.html

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Gayle M.

    This is actually a maybe as my health is rather dicey right now.

    April 29, 2013

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