On Guerrilla Skepticism & Skeptical Outreach

I feel that I need to clarify myself after a comment I made on Twitter about the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Project has caused confusion.

The Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Project (GSOW) aim to ‘improve skeptical content of Wikipedia … by improving pages of our skeptic spokespeople, providing noteworthy citations, and removing the unsourced claims from paranormal and pseudo-scientific pages.’ It’s a good idea at it’s core, and I hope that nobody would think I oppose the sourcing of claims about paranormal topics considering my approach to paranormal research and claims. Continue reading

The skepticism rule book

‘Some skeptics could do well to look, listen and learn from someone like me, after all I achieve things which others can only dream of’ says Jon Donnis, the owner of BadPsychics, a website that ran with the help of numerous contributors until he took it down. On the blog that now replaces the old website Donnis has recently failed to realise that not everyone has the same dream.

He criticised the Merseyside Skeptics Society because he believes they seek publicity in everything they do.  He writes

In recent years the Merseyside Skeptics “Society” have become known more for their stunts than their skepticism, whether it is homeopathic overdoses, or challenges to psychics, but is this really what skepticism needs, wants or even should be about? Former UK Skeptics kingpin John Jackson recently commented on such societies as…

“A few of these ‘societies’ cropped up a few years ago. ‘Society’ being a euphemism for ‘a couple of blokes with a blog’.”

It seems that since the early days of BadPsychics when I was heavily involved with skepticism, that these days its all about the latest stunt to self promote which ever group you are in.

The first question that came to mind was ‘so?’ Continue reading