Rebecca Watson

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.
  • Politics
    Photo of Conservatives Think COVID-19 is Over-diagnosed (They’re Probably Wrong)

    Conservatives Think COVID-19 is Over-diagnosed (They’re Probably Wrong)

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I’m always interested to see the lengths science and reality deniers will go to maintain their delusions. For instance, apocalyptic cults that believe with all their hearts that the end times will come on a specific date and time.…

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  • Politics
    Photo of Did the CDC Lie about the Effectiveness of Masks for COVID-19?

    Did the CDC Lie about the Effectiveness of Masks for COVID-19?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Hey friends, welcome to week 4 (ish?) of quarantine — for me, at least, because I live in a city that took COVID-19 seriously way back when it was just a baby epidemic. And before that, I was quarantining…

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  • Skepticism
    Photo of How 3D Printers Can Help — And How They Can’t

    How 3D Printers Can Help — And How They Can’t

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Doing nothing is really, really hard. For awhile I thought this was unique to me, but I’ve come to realize that loads of people are just like me. If something is wrong, I want to fix it by doing…

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  • Skepticism
    Photo of How to Spot Bad Science about COVID-19

    How to Spot Bad Science about COVID-19

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Last week someone asked me if I’d consider doing a video on how to read a science paper. I thought that was a great idea, and made a note to record something for this week. A few days later,…

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  • Religion
    Photo of Dead Sea Scrolls Bought by Hobby Lobby are FAKE

    Dead Sea Scrolls Bought by Hobby Lobby are FAKE

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: The Museum of the Bible has admitted to being the victim of a massive fraud: it turns out, there is no god and the Bible is just nonsense made up by a bunch of semi-literate goat herders. Just kidding!…

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  • Skepticism
    Photo of The REAL Reason We Ran Out of N-95 Masks

    The REAL Reason We Ran Out of N-95 Masks

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Let’s talk about panic buying. Yeah, I know I’m generally a voice of reason, but even I am not immune to covid-19-inspired anxiety shopping. For instance, a few days ago I bought a dozen Cadbury Creme Eggs. Now I…

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  • Religion
    Photo of Televangelist Offers to Cure You with Silver, not Prayer

    Televangelist Offers to Cure You with Silver, not Prayer

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: God, I’m so tired of talking about, reading about, and thinking about COVID-19. I know, let’s do a video mocking some good old-fashioned skeptic-bait: televangelists! Let’s see, how about good old Jim Bakker? Remember back in 1987 when the…

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  • Science
    Photo of Is YouTube Winning the Fight Against Conspiracy Theorists?

    Is YouTube Winning the Fight Against Conspiracy Theorists?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Ah, YouTube. My blessing. My curse. The possible cause of the radicalization and dumbing down of significant number of rightwing conspiracy theorists. A new study from scientists at UC Berkeley has found that despite promises to do better, YouTube…

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