Skeptical Activism isn’t difficult
It doesn’t require a lot of time
The tools already exist
You probably do a version of this already, just without
Slides abbreviated for time constraints, please contact
me or other skeptical activists
(You have to ask to join.)
Web of Trust:
Installed over 96 million times
These two work hand in hand
Skeptic Action suggest a site a day for you to rate
Takes only a few seconds to rate (commenting of
course is entirely dependent on what you want to say)
You can do it in the course of your normal web
Remember that it’s not only about negative rating, if
you do indeed trust a site, give it good ratings
CONGRATULATIONS! You are a Skeptical Activist!
Provide Answers to Skeptical Questions
Yahoo Answers: http://answers.yahoo.com
Skeptics StackExchange has a much higher standard
for answers (read their FAQ)
The indexing is the key of this site and why it matters
For instance, Googling about L. Ron Hubbard’s
Education shows a Skeptics StackExchange answer in
the top 10
Yahoo Answers on the other hand…
This level of skeptical activism requires you put some
time and effort into it
However, do you already blog, comment on facebook,
engage in discussions on forums, or anything like that?
Start off with yahoo answers if you feel uncomfortable,
but I recommend you move up to the areas where your
answers will impact skeptical activism.
Congratulations, you are a Skeptical Activism Warrior!
This is much like the previous two, but I separated it
because it only works with the Chrome Browser
rbutr is a community driven app which creates links
between webpages where the content of one page is a
rebuttal against the other. The content may be directly
arguing against the original content, or generally
presenting contradictory evidence
No active site like Skeptic Action, so requires more
initiative on your part
Has easy to use tools once installed
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia
2 years old
Join the Facebook Page:
Join their Forums: http://skeptics.freeforums.net/
Requires a very precise and collaborative effort
Subject matter experts, research expertise, and
language skills always desired
Why bother? How about an example?
American Medical Association considers
homeopathy to be quackery.
Homeopathic remedies have been criticized as
The scientific community regards
homeopathy as a sham
...at worst that homeopathy
could be actively harmful
No need to ask, just do it!
Commit to what you are comfortable with
Even each level has easy, advanced, or master level
approaches to it. It’s all up to you.
I bet you have it in you to be a Skeptical Activism Zen
Please feel free to contact me and I can send you this
presentation and many more links and resources.