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.
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    Did Curious George have a Tail? Study Examines the Mandela Effect

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Hey, remember when Nelson Mandela died? In 2013? 23 years after he was released from prison? Or maybe you, like “paranormal researcher” Fiona Broome, distinctly remember Nelson Mandela dying while still IN prison, and maybe instead of simply assuming…

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    Why E-Cigarettes are NOT a Gateway to Cannabis

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: This week I read a truly incredible Washington Post headline: Study: Kids who vape tobacco are more likely to go on to use cannabis. That headline inspired two thoughts to pop into my head at nearly the exact same…

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    Does Acupuncture Prevent Diabetes?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I’ve been talking a lot lately about systematic reviews and meta-analyses, so today let’s change things up and talk about…a systematic review AND meta-analysis! If that doesn’t capture your attention, what if I told you that this new systematic…

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    Study: Why We Think All People of Different Races Look the Same

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Do all white people look the same? I turned on The Bachelorette the other day and found that the answer was “yes, absolutely, at least the men.” And then I looked at Instagram and decided the answer was “oh,…

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    Study: Can We Change People’s Behavior with “Nudging?”

    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 nudges. Not, like, “wink wink nudge nudge” I just made a double entendre and would like to make it painfully obvious to you, but “nudges” as they are defined by behavioral psychologists. Nudging is an old…

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    The Flawed “Study” that Says Serotonin Doesn’t Cause Depression

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Another day, another load of garbage in the mainstream media claiming that a study proves antidepressants don’t work. I never should have told that disembodied monkey hand I wanted to make videos about anything besides COVID misinformation. It’s been…

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    Atheists vs Agnostics: New Study Tries to Find the Difference

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: A new study endeavors to explain the difference between atheists and agnostics, and I don’t mean in the “actually using the definition of each of those words and exploring the philosophical similarities and differences between them,” I just mean…um,…

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    No, We Haven’t Killed 90% of Plankton in the Atlantic (Yet)

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: You know who sucks? BOTH SIDES. You know, people who want bodily autonomy and people who want to force 10-year olds to give birth. People in antifa and people who are in whatever anti-antifa is. “Fa,” I guess. I…

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