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.
  • SkepticismPhoto of Artificial Intelligence, Racism, Cats, and COVID-19

    Artificial Intelligence, Racism, Cats, and 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: When I was a kid just learning about computers, I remember reading up on algorithms and being absolutely fascinated by the possibilities. Essentially, an algorithm is just a set of precise instructions that would allow a computer (either a…

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  • Anti-Science
    Photo of Retracted Paper Claims Religion Keeps Dumb People From Murdering Each Other

    Retracted Paper Claims Religion Keeps Dumb People From Murdering Each Other

    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 not really sure what I want to talk about today so let’s bring out my idea hat. It’s full of different topics and is really helpful for finding a stress-free way to find something to talk about. Let’s…

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  • Feminism
    Photo of How JK Rowling Helped Stall the Equality Act

    How JK Rowling Helped Stall the Equality Act

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Last year I made a video about JK Rowling, who used to be the author of the Harry Potter series though apparently it turns out that the true author was really Hatsune Miku, some kind of Japanese teen girl…

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  • Science
    Photo of The Science is In: Masks Work!

    The Science is In: Masks Work!

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Oh my gosh, I have more good news to talk about! Let’s talk about masks! Back when COVID-19 first started picking up steam, experts weren’t too sure where to stand on masks. Are they effective? Do they need to…

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  • Skepticism
    Photo of Are Cops Responsible for Fireworks Blasting Off in US Cities?

    Are Cops Responsible for Fireworks Blasting Off in US Cities?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: One night a few weeks ago, my dog Indy was being super weird. Like, weirder than usual. He kept crying and trying to climb in my lap as I was working. I thought maybe he needed a poo or…

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  • Science
    Photo of Good News! YOU Are Part of One of Humanity’s Greatest Achievements

    Good News! YOU Are Part of One of Humanity’s Greatest Achievements

    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 in quarantine for three entire months. It hasn’t always been easy but the good news is that if everyone else has been quarantining too, we should have flattened the curve and now it’s finally safe to open…

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  • Science
    Photo of How Cursing Helps You Deal with Shit

    How Cursing Helps You Deal with Shit

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Ten years ago, the Mythbusters tested a few potential myths about pain. In one experiment, they explored whether or not a person can withstand more pain by cursing, compared to just saying innocuous TV-friendly random words, like “baby hippos”…

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  • Science
    Photo of Study Says “Extreme” Protest Isn’t Popular (But It Can Still Be Effective)

    Study Says “Extreme” Protest Isn’t Popular (But It Can Still Be Effective)

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Before we get into today’s video, let me just state for the record that black lives matter, police violence in the United States requires radical policy change, and all the ad proceeds from this video will be donated to…

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