Thursday, November 26, 2015

Vera de Kok - WikiMedia & GSoW

Vera de Kok - QED - 2014
In November 2015 The Wikipedia community was awarded the Erasmus Prize for "For "[promoting] the dissemination of knowledge through a comprehensive and universally accessible encyclopaedia. To achieve that, the initiators of Wikipedia have designed a new and effective democratic platform. The prize specifically recognises Wikipedia as a community — a shared project that involves tens of thousands of volunteers around the world.""
In this video the first person you see is GSoW member and WikiMedia admin Vera de Kok. I want you to know how proud we are of Vera, she has been a part of the GSoW project since March 2012, when she was deleting one of my images I was uploading because it did not have the correct licensing. Vera noticed the "theme" of many of my images and realized that we shared a lot in common, we both were critical thinkers out to improve Wikipedia for the betterment of everyone. And we both loved photography.
Vera has not only uploaded thousands of photos taken personally, but has been responsible for adding 11,552 images (so far) and audio to WikiMedia Commons in order for them to be used freely on the Internet and in Wikipedia projects.
There is no way to be able to show you a representative sample of her achievements as they are far too numerous. But if you are curious about what she has achieved take a look at her WikiMedia Contribution account.
To be clear, Vera did not win the Erasmus Prize, but she is one of many bright lights in the world of Wikipedia that is doing far more than her share of work. She is one of many amazing people who volunteer their time helping to educate the world.
We at GSoW are very proud of WikiMedia and very very proud that we count Vera de Kok as one of our own.
Thank you Vera for all that you do.

Leon, Jelena, Vera and Peter at QED recording podcast for Skepticality

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

September - October 2015 Updates

The GSoW tour of Australia, Hong Kong and Dongguan, China is all over. What a blast meeting people, so many of you have been following the project and are big fans of the work we are doing. Thank you for your kind words and support. If you are interested, I have managed to upload lots of video and photos from that trip.  I lectured about GSoW to eight different skeptic groups and have several of these also uploaded.  

We at GSoW are working on some changes for 2016, as we are a all-volunteer group these things take time and will eventually get done, just as time permits.  We hope to roll out a new project soon  called Stat Badger and is made possible by friend of GSoW, Kyle Polich. If you are a fan of statistics you should check out his podcast Data Skeptic

Also coming January 2016 the GSoW focus is going to be on creating/rewriting Wikipedia pages for skeptical books. We have a list with over 500 listed on it, only about 10 percent have Wikipedia pages and of those 50 most pages aren't in good condition. We are aiming for GSoW to complete 100 Wikipedia pages, 20 to become Did You Know's.

We are also looking into making GSoW into a non-profit.  This will make it easier for us to receive donations that we can use for outreach. Our audience is the skeptical community, so we need to be present at conferences.  Travel and expenses related to conference attendance can get expensive. 

There are lots of awesomeness below for you to enjoy, please check out the before and afters. Share this blog and leave us comments.  And thank you for being here for us.




Dutch Team
Stichting Skepsis updates. The Dutch skeptics foundation, Stichting Skepsis, has been revamping their website. Leon Korteweg checked and corrected whether URLs from Wikipedia to still worked. Some WP articles needed no update at all (yet), others just a better referencing format and/or a new URL here and there, and a few are in such a bad shape in general that he had to go and edit them properly. Although most link from the Dutch Wikipedia, some subjects are addressed on English                                                                       Wikipedia as well (see English Team).

Some basic macrobiotic ingredients. Nelissen and
others claimed simply eating 'right' could prevent or
cure any illness. Not so in at least 4 lethal cases.

Adelbert Nelissen
Before & After - A Dutch macrobiotics quack who was (partly) responsible for the death of at least 4 people. He recommended far-fetched pseudoscientific diets to 'get yin and yang balanced' or something, and vehemently dissuaded patients from seeking help from the "medical and nutritional establishment", because doctors will perform any surgery without permission if it makes them money blahblahblah Big Pharma conspiracy.

I read the really sad story about a man (formerly a well-known politician) whose wife became one of the victims, because she was too afraid to do simple surgery to prevent cervical cancer. Instead, she preferred all kinds of expensive woo woo diets and treatments on Nelissen's advice, wasting valuable time and money. The husband tried everything to persuade her, but didn't want to violate her free choice and physical integrity. They ended up divorced and she died. His story sent a shock through the country in 1998, and other victims came forward. Together they sued Nelissen, who was eventually convicted.

Most of Nelissen's WP page was rather promotional of him, almost hagiographic. It said stuff like 'Using cooking lessons and his inspiring lectures, he inspired many to [lead] a more healthy lifestyle. With his direct, intelligent and investigative approach, he challenged many dogmas of established medical and nutritional science'. I changed it to 'Using cooking lessons and his lectures, he encouraged many to [lead] a different lifestyle. With his direct and investigative approach, he challenged much of the knowledge of regular medical and nutritional science', which I think is much more neutral.
 Masaru Emoto - Before & After - The Japanese pseudoscientist who claims to have proven water has memory and has a healing effect on people. He was already categorised as a "pseudoscientist", but I added Rob Nanninga and Gerrie Croonen saying that as well in the 'skepticism' section. I added an extra Skepsis article, and asked for sources for several more claims, including an unsourced counter-claim by scientists.
Rob Nanninga demonstrates how Rostelli's 'telekinesis'
stunt is a simple physics trick (2001).

 Rasti Rostelli 
- Before & After - Improved the criticism section with an exposé and TV show episode (21:28) wherein Rob Nanninga exposes the tricks Rostelli used in his performances, which he dishonestly calls 'mere suggestion' when it's a real chemical reaction or 'telekinesis' when it's just a simple magician's physics trick. Also, Rostelli doesn't warn that some of his tricks are actually dangerous, nor does he take care of harm done to participants afterwards.

 Rob Nanninga 
- Before & After - Included the Rostelli exposure, see above.

 Alfred Vogel - Before & After - The Swiss homeopath whose 'flagship' product 'Echinaforce' appears to be completely ineffective. There was already a criticism section, but it was a bit out of order. Also added Arjen Lubach's satire.

 Echinaforce - Before & After - Basically the same addition as with Alfred Vogel under the 'Ontdekking' section.

Good Thinking Society investigates Peter Popoff: Michael Marshall and a colleague show how Popoff persuades people to send him money for empty promises and near-worthless trinkets in return, and how a stage 'healing' was probably faked.

– Good Thinking Society - Before & After.

– Peter Popoff - Before & After - There was barely any information on Dutch Wikipedia so far; we doubled the contents.

Al Seckel (1958–2015).
Joi Ito CC-BY-SA 2.0.
Al Seckel Before & After - Assessment of apparent date of death by Leon Korteweg. There is still much uncertainty on this point.

Paul VerhaegheBefore & After - Criticism against his psychoanalytical views were presented as a 'conspiracy' amongst a group of philosophers and journalists, as if he was being persecuted. In fact, just a handful of 
individual philosophers and one journalist criticised his views separately, there was no coordinated 'attack'. The skeptics were not properly mentioned by name, nor their critical articles referenced. (Ironically, the psychoanalysts later published a collective manifesto against the 'scientistic' skeptics themselves, doing exactly what Verhaeghe's page falsely accused their opponents of doing).

English Team

Australian Skeptics Inc. CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Parapsychology research at SRI - rewrite by April Poff - Before & After

Australian Skeptics - Grand rewrite by Michelle Franklin - Before & After. Michelle did major improvements to the article, which was then presented by Susan Gerbic at the Australian Skeptics National Convention in October 2015.

Louis Fles - rewrite by April Poff, reviewed by Leon Korteweg. Featured as a Did You Know? on 28 October 2015. - Before & After
Deborah Hyde at QED 2014.Andrew Merritt CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Franklin House (Launceston) page rewritten while at the Launceston Workshop - Before & After

Deborah Hyde - Brand New Page - created by András Pintér. She is the most prominent skeptical investigator of cryptozoology in the UK, and the editor of The Skeptic.

Launceston Skeptics - Brand New Page - created by Susan Gerbic.

Jon-Erik Beckjord - rewrite by Janyce Boynton - Before & After.
Arjen Lubach. Vera de Kok CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Arjen Lubach - Brand New PageA Dutch comedian, television presenter and writer, skeptical about religion, homeopathy, the monarchy etc. His Dutch page, earlier expanded by Emile Dingemans and provided a picture and voice intro by Vera de Kok, was translated to English by Leon Korteweg and reviewed by April Poff.

Al Seckel - Before & AfterAssessment of apparent date of death by Susan Gerbic, Jerod Lycett and others. There is still much uncertainty on this point. Also added an infobox.

Alfred Vogel - Before & After After the improvements on Dutch Wikipedia (see above) Leon Korteweg copypaste-translated the criticism section to English Wikipediaand debunked the whole Ben Black Elk story in the Travels section. He deleted the appeal to tradition claim that 'The Sioux had known of this plant for generations and used it as an all-round remedy: externally for snakebites, wounds and bruising and internally for strengthening the immune system', which had been challenged since October 2011.

Sue Ion. Rob McDermott CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Good Thinking Society investigates Peter Popoff: see above.
Good Thinking Society - Before & After - See above.
Michael Marshall (skeptic)Before & After - See above.
Peter PopoffBefore & After - See above.

Sue Ion - rewrite by Janyce Boyton - Before & After

Rob Nanninga - Before & AfterSee above.

Paul Verhaeghe - Before & After - See above.

Paul Cliteur. Vera de Kok CC-BY-SA 4.0.
Paul Cliteur - Brand New Page - A Dutch Professor of Jurisprudence and Philosophy, he is a well-known critic of religion in general and Islam in particular, and an advocate for atheism, secularism, free speech, animal rights etc. Leon Korteweg recorded his voice intro, improved, expanded and translated his biography, reviewed by April Poff and Janyce Boynton.

German Team

Paul Verhaeghe - Before & After - See above.

ECSO board meeting in London. András Pintér CC-BY-SA 4.0.

European Skeptics Congress photos and voice introsBrand New Category. Contributions by András Pintér and Leon Korteweg.
– Amardeo Sarma
– Tim Trachet
– Johan Braeckman
– Deborah Hyde

– Julia Offe
– Klaus Schmeh
– Martin Mahner
– Andrew Copson
– Ian Scott
– Paul De Belder
– Edzard Ernst
– Tomasz Witkowski

– Maciej Zatonski
– And more...
Karin Spaink. René van Elst CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Anton Constandse Lecture 

Photos of Karin Spaink (Freethinker of the Year 2015), Paul Scheffer and a voice intro of Karin Spaink. English before & English after – Dutch before & Dutch after.

Skepsis Congres photos and voice intros: Brand New Category. Contributions by Leon Korteweg.


We had three Did You Know? articles this time...
Louis Fles

Jim Baggott

Jon Palfreman


GSoW in the Media

Practical Skepticism Panel from TAM13 - Blog from The Thoughtful Conduit

Skeptic Zone - Maynard interviews Susan Gerbic at the Sydney SitP 28:33

Saltklypa - Norwegian podcast with a segment in English, interview with Mark Edward who talks about the GSoW project 30:00 +/-

Hopes&Fears Magazine - Hoax Busters Article

Reality Check Podcast - Interview with Susan Gerbic about GSoW

Skepticality - Interview with GSoW editor April Poff

Skepticality - Interview with GSoW Hungarian Team Leader  András Pintér

Susan and David Young are interviewed on a Hong Kong radio show about GSoW and more

Susan Gerbic's lecture on GSoW for Atheist United 

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Australian Skeptic Convention 2015 Show Notes

Hello All

These are the notes from the GSoW lecture given on October 17, 2015. Here you will find the examples given on screen and even more goodies.  Enjoy and Share


Australian Skeptics - rewrite by Michelle Franklin - Before & After

Amanda Bauer - Greg Neilson - Brand New Page 

Friends Of Science In Medicine - Christine Daley - Before & After

Rachael Dunlop new page (with audio) written by new editor Sean Whitcomb. Rachael was also featured on the front page of English Wikipedia as a Did You Know... Here are the stat views during that day.

Maynard - Greg Neilson - Before & After

This is the before and after for Sherri Tenpenny.  The work on this page was completed by Susan Gerbic and two non-GSoW skeptics, Joe Alabaster and Phil Kent.  

Stephanie Messenger (Brand New Page) - Susan Gerbic - This is the anti-vax author of Melanie's Marvelous Measles which encourages children to seek out and embrace measles in order to make themselves stronger. The Melanie's Marvelous Measles Wikipedia page was written by Susan Gerbic in May 2015.

Franklin House (Launceston) page rewritten while at the Launceston Workshop - Before & After

Astronomical Society of New South Wales - new page created by Greg Neilson

Astronomical Society of Victoria - Greg Neilson

Launceston Skeptics brand new page created by Susan Gerbic

Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters (Brand New Page) - This page was written by one of the new English editors, James Williams Fun Fact - The NRVS people were unaware of the creation of their Wikipedia page, it was decided that as the Brisbane Skeptics were having a SkeptiCamp on Saturday July 4th and at least one member of the NRVS team would be in attendance, GSoW would delay announcement of the page.  Susan Gerbic and James Williams gave the skepticamp organizers a video where James surprised the audience with the page. Video here

Warrick Couch - by editor Greg Neilson was a brand new creation. 

Bart Bok - Greg Neilson - Before & After

Priscilla Fairfield Bok - Brand new page in Spanish by Monica Quijano

Maynard & Bart Bok
View stats for Bart Bok and his wife Priscilla Bok
View stats for Maynard

Audio of Skeptics Project - This audio is recorded, edited and uploaded for use on Wikipedia pages.

Recent interviews and mentions 

Skeptic Zone - Maynard interviews Susan Gerbic at the Sydney SitP 28:33

Reality Check Podcast - Interview with Susan Gerbic about GSoW

The Scathing Atheist - Susan Gerbic interview

Skeptoid guest article by Susan Gerbic

The Skeptic Zone - Richard Saunders interviews Susan Gerbic about the GSoW vaccine project.

Skeptical Inquirer Magazine - Vol 39 No 5 September/October 2015 - pgs 52-53 "Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained" - Susan Gerbic (print version only)

Skepticality "Future Climate Thoughts" Susan Gerbic segment - "Assignment 6"

Shoutout from Skeptics with a K (0:00–2:20)

Daniel Loxton's Insight Blog about TAM 2013 workshop on Preserving Skeptic History

CFI Summit - Workshop - October 2013

Science Based Medicine - Steven Novella - Why Wikipedia is so important concerning medical pages.

Monday, September 7, 2015

July - August 2015 GSoW Updates

So much work done and so much more to go. What a crazy two months it has been for GSoW. Personally I (Susan) will be on tour in Australia and Hong Kong for the month of October, we are finalizing the dates and locations. (see below for the dates I have so far).  I have ten lectures and one panel scheduled so far. Each one will be different, so if you are in the area, please come out and support GSoW.

As I write this, awesome things are happening. Four new people are finishing up their final projects and I think you will be amazed at the quality of their work (see Sept-Oct update). Most people who join GSoW have no editing skills and learn from the very beginning. Some struggle with the most basic edits, but with patience and mentoring, we get them through the process of learning the code and onto the exciting fun parts of the meat of the training.

Also keep in mind that below are mostly the big updates, the pages that have been re-created or brand new. There is a lot of work happening in small edits, a few sentences or a photo added that can really make a difference to a Wikipedia page. Those edits are too plentiful to include here on this blog, but we appreciate them all the same.

Please leave us comments (we LOVE feedback) and share this blog on your social media areas. We only exist because of our editors. And we only find these editors from our community. Help us reach out to those people who are a great fit for us.



Skeptic Voice Audio additions (Thank you to Derek Colanduno from Skepticality Podcast who is asking his guests for audio and uploading it for us, if you have access to recording audio for us please be in touch and we will be happy to help you make it happen)

John Allen Paulos
Yvette Dantremont

Audio of skeptics


The Flying Spaghetti Monster logo of Apostacon.

Apostacon - Before & After - As can be seen, this was an extremely poorly written page that read more like an advertisement than an encyclopedic entry when Leon Korteweg stumbled upon it. One would almost call it a miracle that it was never deleted. After some research, it turned out that the 'Midwest Humanist Conference' is the name of an annual skeptical/atheist/freethough/humanist conference, since 2013 known as 'Apostacon', which did ring a bell. A thorough rewrite later, this article was touched by His Noodly Appendage, and included in the List of skeptical conferences, right on time for the next event on 18–20 September 2015.
Dean Cameron (2nd left). Susan Gerbic CC-BY-SA 4.0

Dean Cameron - Before & After - Susan Gerbic - I really enjoyed learning the tiny things like he rarely uses capital letters and that he became a musician because in 9th grade a girl asked him if he played an instrument and he lied and said he did, then spent the next 6 months learning to play the guitar.

Glasgow Skeptics CC-BY-SA 4.0

Glasgow Skeptics - Brand New Page - Leon Korteweg and Julie Tomlinson, reviewed by Janyce Boynton, aided by Ian Scott. It's one of the two great skeptical organisations in Scotland.

Humani (organisation) - Before & After - When discussing religion and creationism in Northern Ireland with fellow skeptical Wikipedian Rebecca O'Neill, Leon Korteweg decided to improve the page on the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland or Humani, one of the most prominent skeptics groups in the region. An infobox with logo (see below 'Humanist logos') was added, references provided and more info supplied.

Jonathan TweetBefore & After - Susan Gerbic - Recently released the first book on evolution aimed at pre-schoolers called Grandmother Fish. Check it out, Xmas is coming and this is a great book for our little ones.

Jim Baggot. Susan
Gerbic CC-BY-SA 4.0
Jim Baggott - Brand new page written by Susan Gerbic - He was lecturing at TAM13 this summer and I don't think I was able to say more than Hello to him, it is so crazy there. He did an interview for Skepticality, and Derek kindly recorded audio and uploaded it for us.

Kiki Sanford. Ryan Somma CC-BY-SA 2.0
Jon Palfreman - Brand New Page - Janyce Boynton decided to write this article about a documentary filmmaker known for his investigate and skeptical approach to audiovisually telling stories on various topics. The page was reviewed and corrected by Lauren Carr.

Kiki Sanford - Before & After - Jerod Lycett did many improvements on this excellent science's communicator's biography.

Michael Marshall. Greg Neilson CC-BY-SA 4.0
Michael Marshall (Marsh) - Brand New Page - Leon Korteweg documented the biography of arguably the most prolific skeptical activist in the UK. Marsh is probably best known as coordinator of the 10:23 Campaign, a frequently heard voice on podcasts, and speaker in many Skeptics in the Pub and conferences about bad PR. The article was proofread and corrected by Jelena Levin, Susan Gerbic, Svetlana Bavykina, Jerod Lycett and Janyce Boynton.

National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS) - Before & After - Leon Korteweg added an infobox and two photos.

Non-Prophet WeekBefore & After - Leon Korteweg added a logo and photo, and improved referencing and grammar.


Edinburgh Skeptics.
Charlie Charlie Challenge - Before & After - Update by Emile Dingemans: removing unsourced
claims, asking for sources for unsourced but plausible claims, rephrasing, reordering, new sourced info on the origins of the phenomenon.

Dry needling - Before & After - Small update by Emile Dingemans.

Edinburgh Skeptics - Brand New Page - Translated from English by Wim Vandenberghe and Leon Korteweg.

Glasgow Skeptics - Brand New Page. Translated from English by Leon Korteweg, who wrote the original as well (see above), reviewed by Raymond van Es and Coen de Bruijn.

Irish Skeptics Society.
Irish Skeptics Society - The Dutch Irish Skeptics Society page was successfully defended by Leon Korteweg and other non-GSoW Dutch Wikipedians after a nomination for deletion. The resulting discussion concluded there were enough reliable sources, the page was not promotional, and aside from two minor wording corrections that could have been regarded as POV, everything was kept. The English version of this article was also nominated for deletion, but kept for similar reasons without interference from guerrilla skeptics; enough other Wikipedians came to its defence.

Natuurlijk (natural) - Before & After - Minor update by Emile Dingemans: removing unsourced health claims that contained appeals to nature.

Orthomoleculaire behandelwijze (orthomolecular medicine) - Before & After. Emile Dingemans is engaged in an ongoing effort to make the article more evidence-based.

Tea tree oil. Stephanie (strph) CC-BY-SA 2.0
Theeboomolie (tea tree oil) - Before & After - Minor update by Emile Dingemans: adding an
infobox, removing inprobable unsourced health claims or asking for sources for unsourced but plausible claims, adding warnings about the dangers of this product that is praised as a kind of medicine in new age-like circles.

Wetenschappelijke consensus (scientific consensus) - Brand New Page. Translated from English by Emile Dingemans, reviewed and corrected by Leon Korteweg.


These contributions don't really fall in any language category, but it's important to note several audiovisual additions made recently to illustrate articles on several topics. These include:

Humanist logos - Leon Korteweg. After immersing himself in the European Young Humanist movement at their Summer Weekend in early August (see below), Leon discovered that many Humanist organisations had articles on many Wikipedias, but rarely did they contain their logos, which makes every organisation visually recognisable (at least, that's the goal). It turns out that many of those groups have logos – often featuring nothing 'complex' beyond the well-known Happy Human symbol – that don't meet the threshold of originality, and thus may be uploaded to Commons.
The category:Humanist organisations and several subcategories have been created and filled with existing and newly uploaded logos of humanist groups around the world.
Those with an English article, but a non-free logo, have been sorted and completed at the Category:Non-free logos of humanist organisations.

Podcast intros - Leon Korteweg - After the example given by the Oh No, Ross and Carrie! podcast, Leon decided to try and upload more podcast intros (usually about 30 seconds long), getting the necessary permission where needed. The really cool thing is that random Wikipedia readers can get an impression of what a podcast is like if they happen to stumble upon that page, which can arouse their interest to start listening.
A simple copyright statement on a website. We encourage you to imitate this,
so that we can share your work on Wikipedia and thus make you famous!
We'd like to take this opportunity to say to anyone who runs a skeptical podcast: make your material available under a reusable Creative Commons license if you want people to find you! The Merseyside Skeptics Society has given a great example in this, as a result of which we can use all of their podcast stuff in their article, which is just awesome. This way Be Reasonable, InKredulous and Skeptics with a K now have an audible introduction (the latter in their own article as well). Besides them, Skepticality (Derek Colanduno) and The Reality Check (Pat Roach) have also been so courteous to upload their podcast intros for us, and ultimately themselves.

Derek Colanduno CC-BY-SA 4.0
Podcast logos - Leon Korteweg - Some logos of skeptical podcasts have been added as well. The free ones, together with photos of podcasters and the aforementioned intros are all included in the new Category:Skeptic podcasts, the remaining non-free logos, together with lots of non-free covers of skeptical books, have been grouped in the Category:Scientific skepticism media. Again, it would really help if you made your podcast's logo available to us either by uploading it yourself to Commons (properly licensed) or contacting us if you'd like to do so, but don't know how.

All of this should improve the visual presence of skepticism on Wikipedia.


GSoW in the News

Leon lecturing about GSoW to European young humanists.
Els Van Rossum.
European Young Humanist Summer Weekend

Leon Korteweg lectured about GSoW to a captive audience in Esbeek, the Netherlands. Aside from his regular explanation why skepticism on Wikipedia is important, and how the guerrilla skeptics make a change, he gave the attendees, young humanists from 12 different European countries, some practical tips on how to write a page about their own organisation, showing De Vrije Gedachte as an example.
There appeared to be unanimous agreement that this lecture was the most interesting of the entire weekend.
Jonge humanisten op Europees zomerweekend, Humanistisch Verbond (NL)
Workshops, Wasserschlachten und Guerilla-Skeptizismus bei Wikipedia, Diesseits, Humanistisches Verband Deutschlands (DE)

The Scathing Atheist - Susan Gerbic interview

Skeptoid guest article by Susan Gerbic

The Skeptic Zone - Richard Saunders interviews Susan Gerbic about the GSoW vaccine project.

Skeptical Inquirer Magazine - Vol 39 No 5 September/October 2015 - pgs 52-53 "Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained" - Susan Gerbic (print version only)

Skepticality "Future Climate Thoughts" Susan Gerbic segment - "Assignment 6"

Skepticality "A Conservative Skeptic" Susan Gerbic segments -  "Interview with Raffaella" and "Vaccine Project Update"


Tentative schedule for
 GSoW lectures


Wednesday 30th Sept Mordialloc Sports Club - 528 Main Street, Mordialloc


Thursday 1st Oct Vic Skeptics - La Notte Restaurant  140 Lygon St Carlton 
Meal from 6pm, talk from 7:30pm


Launceston Skeptics Oct 4th or 5th (location TBD)


Canberra Skeptics Tuesday Oct 6th (location and time to be assigned)


Sydney skeptics Saturday October 11th 2:00- 6:00 pm Strattons Hotel (more information coming)


Brisbane Skepticamp on Friday October 16th 12-5pm (I'm not lecturing at this one, but will be attending, it should be the 100th SkeptiCamp ever and I encourage you all to attend)


Then on to the main conference Oct 17-18


Hong Kong Skeptics - Oct 21 - Oct 23 (dates and location not assigned yet, stay tuned)


Newest Secret Cabal interview - Susan Gerbic interviews Italian editor Raffaella Vitali.

Hope you all enjoy this update, we work very hard to get this out to you in a timely manner. If you would like to know more about us, or have questions about joining GSoW please check out our  YouTube channel and watch some of the interviews we have with the editors. We want to make sure that you understand what this project is all about, make sure this is a good fit for both of us.  If you have done so and are interested in joining our team, please write to us at