Hello Skepchick readers! I am so very pleased to bring you another edition of Get To Know Your Skepchick. This installment features the oh-so-lovely and super-intelligent, carr2d2 (aka Carrie). Hooray! I took some glamour photos of Carrie on the swanky streets of Atlanta and asked her some questions to hopefully help you get to know her just a little bit better. Enjoy!
1. What experience first got you interested in skepticism? I’m naturally curious, and I have issues when it comes to understanding what people are saying to me (I think I have some sort of auditory processing thing), so I’ve always needed to figure things out for myself. I became aware of this whole “movement” thing listening to Penn Jillette’s radio show, and the rest, as they say, is history.
2. If you could wipe out one pseudoscience all together, which one would it be? Faith healing. Like, Benny Hinn style. It pisses me off for so many reasons.
3. What one skeptical topic do you wish there was legitimate evidence for? I always thought astral projection sounded really cool. I kinda wish that was real. I’d totally leave my body and go fly around the world. It would be much cheaper than the way I do it now, what with all the airplanes and stuff.
4. What is the best pipe to lay? Nice try at a dirty question, but I don’t actually lay pipe :p I insulate it. Which I suppose could be turned dirty in some of your minds. Best pipe to insulate? Tough to say; it all depends on where it is and how much shit is in the way. Personally, I like nuclear plant work the best. It’s mostly clean (well, as clean as this trade gets), the work requires brain power, and you get to do and see some really cool stuff in the process (example: nuclear fuel is awesome looking).
5. On Skepchick island who would you recommend for the live entertainment? Hmmm…let’s see…I’d say we need Hrab and Minchin to play music, and Neil Gaiman to read us bedtime stories, and he could bring Amanda along as well to amuse and amaze us with her random acts of performance art.
6. What book would you recommend for someone just beginning to become interested in science and or skepticism? Tough one. Probably Quirkology by Richard Wiseman. It is fun and engaging, and shows how science can be applied to almost anything you can think of.
7. Everyone is looking at these beautiful photos of you, staring at your boobs and totally not paying attention to this interview at all. Quick! Say something to grab their attention! Holy shit it’s David Tennant! Sorry, what were you asking me again? Ok, resume boob-staring :p
8. The phone rings. It’s your friend who says she has cancer and she just heard Bill Maher say she should go to Mexico for an alternative treatment. What do you tell her? I’d ask her to tell me more about this treatment and why she feels she cannot trust conventional medicine. I’d try to be tactful and understanding while making a case for medical cancer treatment (as scary as it might sound) by talking about the huge increases in survival rates over the years as our technology has advanced, as well as some anecdotes from my friends and family who have beaten cancer. Then I’d tell her I love her and want her alive and healthy for as long as possible.
9. It’s the night before Dragon*Con. You can dress up any one skeptic as any character you like. Who is it and what are they dressed as? Wow. How did you know I think about things like this? I have to pick just one? Well, in that case, Randi as Yoda.
10. Your iPod malfunctions and you can only subscribe to one podcast, forever. What podcast do you choose? At the moment, I have a backlog of 129 podcasts because I haven’t been able to listen at work. The only one I’m actually caught up on is Sundays Supplement, because I always listen to that one as soon as it comes out. What can I say? Iszi and Simon crack me up. So I guess I’d go with that one.
Wait, this wasn’t a test, was it? Oh, well…the boss lady is out of town and off internet island for awhile, so she won’t know I didn’t pick SGU ;)
11. What advice would you give to a person who wants to meet more like-minded skeptics? The first thing I’d suggest is to talk about science and skepticism in your daily life, if you don’t already. You might already know people who share your views. Get involved online, and you will likely meet people from your area that you might want to hang out with. Go to local skeptical events, like Drinking Skeptickally (or Skepchickally), attend museum events and book readings. Put yourself out there, and most importantly, have fun.
Thank you so much Carrie! I had a great time spending time with you and chasing you around with a camera! Special thanks as always to Elyse for her mystery question contribution and until next time, this has been Get To Know Your Skepchick with me, Surly Amy!