New Video Series! Episode 1: Rebecca vs. Jon Ronson

Thanks to all the kind people supporting me over on Patreon, I’ve been ramping up production on my YouTube videos. As part of this, I’ve started a new series where I interview some of my interesting and talented friends while we play Nintendo. The first episode is now live, in which I square off with Jon Ronson, author of many books including The Men Who Stare at Goats and screenwriter of films such as the upcoming movie Frank, starring Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Jon and I play WWF War Zone and talk about murder, lying to children, public humiliation, and apples.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon mstdn.social/@rebeccawatson Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky @rebeccawatson.bsky.social

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  1. This is very cool. I loved hearing Jon Ronson on the podcast and I like seeing him so uninhibited here. Now my mind is going crazy thinking of how different people would act while playing video games.

  2. I totally thought Jon was going to be one of the rare people whose subsequent ultra-violent act was triggered by a violent video game, because Rebecca was kicking his butt (literally) so badly and there didn’t seem to be anything he could do. Then the final score came down as a draw (the fix was obviously in), and I realized Rebecca is the one who is going to lose it. Skepchick enforcers, don’t let her near any guns, knifes or big red buttons, at least until she wins a game.

    Are all your all your video game interviews going to be Rebecca vs. ?

  3. I think my new ringtone will be Jon Ronson saying “Do you like THOSE apples? How about THOSE apples?” on repeat.

    1. English lesson time: The correct expression is “How do you like THEM apples?”, not “THOSE apples.”

  4. OK so how much of ‘the men who stare at goats’ is true?

    Actually quite a lot. The US did have a program. But that was a response to the Russian program which still has over a thousand people engaged in paranormal and parapsychology research.

    Basically Marxist-Leninism was junk science. At least the way the Soviets did it. If you came up with inconvenient results or asked questions you risked being murdered by the state. So working on completely fraudulent science was much safer. Nobody would expose you because everyone else was a fraud.

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