Robert Todd Carroll

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Robert Todd Carroll
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Carroll at SkeptiCalCon May 29, 2011, in Berkeley, California
Born Robert Todd Carroll
Los Angeles, California, United States
Residence United States
Nationality American
Education University of California, San Diego PhD
Occupation Author, professor

Robert Todd Carroll (born 1945) is an American writer and academic. Carroll has written several books and skeptical essays but achieved notability by publishing the Skeptic's Dictionary online in 1994.

Early life[edit]

Carroll earned his PhD in philosophy in 1974 at the University of California, San Diego, writing his doctoral thesis on the religious philosophy of Edward Stillingfleet. It was published in 1975.[1]


Until his retirement in 2007, Carroll was a professor of philosophy at Sacramento City College.

A longtime advocate of scientific skepticism and critical thinking, in 1994 Carroll set up the Skeptic's Dictionary website online. It initially consisted of fewer than fifty articles, mostly on informal fallacies and pseudoscience. The site has now grown to several hundred articles, including many on the paranormal and the supernatural. It attracts more than a million visitors per month.[2] Entries from the dictionary have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Carroll's views have attracted numerous interviews for him from mainstream media and local newspapers, such as the Davis Enterprise.[3] In addition, he has been interviewed by representatives of groups promoting scientific skepticism, such as the New England Skeptical Society[4] and Media Man Australia.[5]

In January 2010 Carroll was elected as a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry[6]

After Carroll published a piece online labelling Richard Milton's writings on alternative science as "Internet Bunk", Milton responded by accusing Carroll of being a "pseudo-skeptic", and showed where he had fabricated quotations and misrepresented his arguments.[7] Carroll tried to counter these accusations in an addendum to his piece.[8]

On May 29, 2011, Carroll led a discussion concerning the "Five Myths About Skeptics" at the 2nd annual SkeptiCalCon event held in Berkeley, CA.[9]

On March 27, 2012, Carroll began a regular segment on the podcast Skepticality entitled Unnatural Virtue.[10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robert Todd Carroll, The common-sense philosophy of religion of bishop Edward Stillingfleet 1635–1699, Nijhoff, 1975
  2. ^ Preface, Skeptic's Dictionary.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Sherwin, "Author attempts to debunk angels, other 'strange beliefs', Davis Enterprise, 29 Dec 2003
  4. ^ Perry DeAngelis, "Interview with Robert Todd Carroll", New England Skeptical Society Journal, no article at link
  5. ^ "Interview with Bob Carrol", Media Man Australia, 21 Apr 2003
  6. ^ "Sixteen Notable Figures in Science and Skepticism Elected CSI Fellows". Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  7. ^ Richard Milton. "The Skeptic's Dictionary". Retrieved July 2013. 
  8. ^ Robert Todd Carroll. "Internet Bunk". Retrieved July 2013. 
  9. ^ "SkeptiCalCon 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  10. ^ Colanduno, Derek. "Episode 179". Skeptic Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 

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