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In 2005 when podcasting was just starting out, we (Steve, Bob, Perry, Evan and Jay) decided to create The Skeptics' Guide To the Universe (SGU). We all had a love for science and critical thinking and wanted to share it with the world. What we didn't know was that we were also starting a life changing journey. Since then we have not missed putting out a show every week for 13 years. Now (joined by our newest member, Cara) we have produced over 650 episodes and  have almost 100,000,000 downloads... and we feel like we are just getting started.


Our listeners have made this experience incredible. Your feedback and support are what keeps us going because we know, through you, we are making a difference in the world. Over the years we have met many of you at conferences, had conversations on our forum and over emails.

With our Patreon account we can take things to the next level. We can now interact with many more of our listeners, more often and much easier using our private SGU Discord Server (details on this below).  We also are going to have a patron only live stream every month.



We have several goals listed below that will help us grow the podcast and all the other things we do at The Skeptics' Guide. The most important goal is hiring Jay as a full time employee. His full time work will allow us to grow the SGU by reaching more people and produce more content.

Goals:
  • 500 Patrons - Streaming device upgrade Thanks!
  • 1000 Patrons - There are 4 lights...we need 6! Thanks!
  • 2000 Patrons - Controlling Electricity Thanks!
  • UPDATED - 3000 Patrons - Hire Jay Full time! – Thank You Video
  • 3500 Patrons – Studio Upgrade
  • 4000 Patrons – 12 Hour SGU Live Show
  • 4500 Patrons - New audio gear for all 5 of the Rogues
  • 5000 Patrons - Single topic video series starring Steve
  • 5500 Patrons – 24 Hour SGU Live Show
  • 6000 Patrons - Create a pilot for a Skeptically-themed TV show based on the SGU
  • 8000 Patrons - Hire employee #2 
  • 10000 Patrons - Produce a new science podcast 

If you enjoy the show and believe in what we do then help us reach these goals!


We created our Patreon membership because we want to interact with you and build the SGU community beyond what it is today. 

NOTE:  Each level inherits the rewards from the lower levels.

$5 CYBORG
Pre-show banter bonus material (Only for Patrons) - Before we start recording the show every week we talk to get warmed up. You can listen in. 
Access to Patreon Lens - Behind the scenes video  
Access to Patron-only content - Posts from SGU including saved live stream events and more!
Access to SGU Patron Community Posts - Post and comment to other Patrons
Access to Private SGU Discord Server - See the description of this under the questions section.
Discount admission to NECSS - This is a yearly conference on science and critical thinking held somewhere in New England. 
Discount for SGU merchandise - We have a store where you can buy our t-shirts and science related stuff
Your name listed on the website at your contribution level

$8 BIOPUNK
Premium Content Feed - full interviews, videos, bonus segments
Ad-free Episodes Feed
View the monthly Q&A Stream LIVE!
Vote on questions for the monthly Q&A live stream
All previous levels

$20 NANOMORPH
Ask Questions during the monthly Q&A Livestream
Access to a VIP Discord chat room - One or more SGU Rogues will join each month.
All previous levels

$100 METACOG
Receive a shoutout on the SGU
Invitation to special private SGU events
Get a signed copy of our book (Release date Early October)
All previous levels

$200 LUXOTIC
Be a Guest Rogue on the show (Starting after 6 months of patronage)
Get an exclusive SGU LUXOTIC tier t-shirt
All previous levels
 
  • What is the Discord Server?
    • The Discord Server is a series of text/audio chat rooms where you can meet and talk to other listeners. There are patron only chat rooms and at higher reward levels where you get access to more chat channels. For example at the $20 patron level you can chat with one or more of the SGU Rogues at least once a month. We are also likely to offer some people Moderator status. 
  • If I become a patron how will I listen to the podcast? 
    • At the $8 patron level you gain access to both the AD FREE Episodes and our Premium content. Patreon will supply you with a new RSS feed that will include both feeds.
  • If my reward level lets me see the live or recorded Q&A stream where will I view it?
    • We will put a post up on the patron only feed that will give you the time/date and link to the stream.
  • What if I am already an SGU Member?
    • If you have joined our previous SGU Membership that is found on our website you can still maintain that membership with us. However, Patreon allows us to offer more rewards and content, so if you want in on the action you can move your membership here. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.  


Thanks from everyone at the SGU!
Tiers
CYBORG
$5 or more per month
You are a human with some... Upgrades. Thanks for joining the SGU Family! For $5 you will get everything below and help grow the show.


Includes:

✓ Pre-show banter bonus material - Only for Patrons

✓ Access to Patreon Lens - Behind the scenes video

✓ Access to Patron-only content - Posts from SGU including saved live stream events and more!

✓ Access to SGU Patron Community Posts - Post and comment to other Patrons
✓ Access to Private SGU Discord Server

✓ Discount admission to NECSS

✓ Discount for SGU merchandise

✓ Your name listed on our website at your contribution level

Includes Discord rewards
BIOPUNK
$8 or more per month
You have hacked your own DNA and discover that you can access these enhanced rewards! 


Includes:

✓  Premium Content Feed - full interviews, videos, bonus segments 

✓  Ad-free Episodes Feed

✓  View the monthly Q&A Stream LIVE!

✓  Vote on questions for the monthly Q&A live stream

✓  All previous levels

Includes Discord rewards
NANOMORPH
$20 or more per month
Nanomachines have merged with your biology allowing you to now interact with the SGU.  


Includes:

 ✓  Ask Questions during the monthly Q&A Livestream

 ✓  Access to a VIP Private Discord chat room - One or more SGU Rogues will join scheduled chats each month.

 ✓  All previous levels

Includes Discord rewards
METACOG
$100 or more per month
You are a major supporter and we appreciate it. At this reward tier your consciousness has been uploaded to the SGU cloud. Enjoy your telepresence! 


Includes:

 ✓  Receive a shoutout on the SGU.

 ✓  Invitation to special private SGU events

 ✓  Get a signed copy of our book (Release date Early October)

 ✓  All previous levels

Includes Discord rewards
LUXOTIC
$200 or more per month (sold out!)
You have evolved beyond mere matter, a being of pure skepticism. At this most advanced state we welcome you to join us...

 

Includes:

✓ Be a Guest Rogue on the show (Starting after 6 months of patronage)
✓ Get an exclusive SGU LUXOTIC tier t-shirt
✓ All previous levels 

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
2915 of 3000 patrons
UPDATED - This is one hell of a goal! We have moved this goal from 5000 to 3000. When we reach 3000 patrons we will HIRE JAY as the SGU's first full time employee! We need to do this in order to grow our audience and produce more content. Jay has the exact skills we need. If we reach this goal we will also make a thank you live stream for our patrons.
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In 2005 when podcasting was just starting out, we (Steve, Bob, Perry, Evan and Jay) decided to create The Skeptics' Guide To the Universe (SGU). We all had a love for science and critical thinking and wanted to share it with the world. What we didn't know was that we were also starting a life changing journey. Since then we have not missed putting out a show every week for 13 years. Now (joined by our newest member, Cara) we have produced over 650 episodes and  have almost 100,000,000 downloads... and we feel like we are just getting started.


Our listeners have made this experience incredible. Your feedback and support are what keeps us going because we know, through you, we are making a difference in the world. Over the years we have met many of you at conferences, had conversations on our forum and over emails.

With our Patreon account we can take things to the next level. We can now interact with many more of our listeners, more often and much easier using our private SGU Discord Server (details on this below).  We also are going to have a patron only live stream every month.



We have several goals listed below that will help us grow the podcast and all the other things we do at The Skeptics' Guide. The most important goal is hiring Jay as a full time employee. His full time work will allow us to grow the SGU by reaching more people and produce more content.

Goals:
  • 500 Patrons - Streaming device upgrade Thanks!
  • 1000 Patrons - There are 4 lights...we need 6! Thanks!
  • 2000 Patrons - Controlling Electricity Thanks!
  • UPDATED - 3000 Patrons - Hire Jay Full time! – Thank You Video
  • 3500 Patrons – Studio Upgrade
  • 4000 Patrons – 12 Hour SGU Live Show
  • 4500 Patrons - New audio gear for all 5 of the Rogues
  • 5000 Patrons - Single topic video series starring Steve
  • 5500 Patrons – 24 Hour SGU Live Show
  • 6000 Patrons - Create a pilot for a Skeptically-themed TV show based on the SGU
  • 8000 Patrons - Hire employee #2 
  • 10000 Patrons - Produce a new science podcast 

If you enjoy the show and believe in what we do then help us reach these goals!


We created our Patreon membership because we want to interact with you and build the SGU community beyond what it is today. 

NOTE:  Each level inherits the rewards from the lower levels.

$5 CYBORG
Pre-show banter bonus material (Only for Patrons) - Before we start recording the show every week we talk to get warmed up. You can listen in. 
Access to Patreon Lens - Behind the scenes video  
Access to Patron-only content - Posts from SGU including saved live stream events and more!
Access to SGU Patron Community Posts - Post and comment to other Patrons
Access to Private SGU Discord Server - See the description of this under the questions section.
Discount admission to NECSS - This is a yearly conference on science and critical thinking held somewhere in New England. 
Discount for SGU merchandise - We have a store where you can buy our t-shirts and science related stuff
Your name listed on the website at your contribution level

$8 BIOPUNK
Premium Content Feed - full interviews, videos, bonus segments
Ad-free Episodes Feed
View the monthly Q&A Stream LIVE!
Vote on questions for the monthly Q&A live stream
All previous levels

$20 NANOMORPH
Ask Questions during the monthly Q&A Livestream
Access to a VIP Discord chat room - One or more SGU Rogues will join each month.
All previous levels

$100 METACOG
Receive a shoutout on the SGU
Invitation to special private SGU events
Get a signed copy of our book (Release date Early October)
All previous levels

$200 LUXOTIC
Be a Guest Rogue on the show (Starting after 6 months of patronage)
Get an exclusive SGU LUXOTIC tier t-shirt
All previous levels
 
  • What is the Discord Server?
    • The Discord Server is a series of text/audio chat rooms where you can meet and talk to other listeners. There are patron only chat rooms and at higher reward levels where you get access to more chat channels. For example at the $20 patron level you can chat with one or more of the SGU Rogues at least once a month. We are also likely to offer some people Moderator status. 
  • If I become a patron how will I listen to the podcast? 
    • At the $8 patron level you gain access to both the AD FREE Episodes and our Premium content. Patreon will supply you with a new RSS feed that will include both feeds.
  • If my reward level lets me see the live or recorded Q&A stream where will I view it?
    • We will put a post up on the patron only feed that will give you the time/date and link to the stream.
  • What if I am already an SGU Member?
    • If you have joined our previous SGU Membership that is found on our website you can still maintain that membership with us. However, Patreon allows us to offer more rewards and content, so if you want in on the action you can move your membership here. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.  


Thanks from everyone at the SGU!

Recent posts by The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe

Tiers
CYBORG
$5 or more per month
You are a human with some... Upgrades. Thanks for joining the SGU Family! For $5 you will get everything below and help grow the show.


Includes:

✓ Pre-show banter bonus material - Only for Patrons

✓ Access to Patreon Lens - Behind the scenes video

✓ Access to Patron-only content - Posts from SGU including saved live stream events and more!

✓ Access to SGU Patron Community Posts - Post and comment to other Patrons
✓ Access to Private SGU Discord Server

✓ Discount admission to NECSS

✓ Discount for SGU merchandise

✓ Your name listed on our website at your contribution level

Includes Discord rewards
BIOPUNK
$8 or more per month
You have hacked your own DNA and discover that you can access these enhanced rewards! 


Includes:

✓  Premium Content Feed - full interviews, videos, bonus segments 

✓  Ad-free Episodes Feed

✓  View the monthly Q&A Stream LIVE!

✓  Vote on questions for the monthly Q&A live stream

✓  All previous levels

Includes Discord rewards
NANOMORPH
$20 or more per month
Nanomachines have merged with your biology allowing you to now interact with the SGU.  


Includes:

 ✓  Ask Questions during the monthly Q&A Livestream

 ✓  Access to a VIP Private Discord chat room - One or more SGU Rogues will join scheduled chats each month.

 ✓  All previous levels

Includes Discord rewards
METACOG
$100 or more per month
You are a major supporter and we appreciate it. At this reward tier your consciousness has been uploaded to the SGU cloud. Enjoy your telepresence! 


Includes:

 ✓  Receive a shoutout on the SGU.

 ✓  Invitation to special private SGU events

 ✓  Get a signed copy of our book (Release date Early October)

 ✓  All previous levels

Includes Discord rewards
LUXOTIC
$200 or more per month (sold out!)
You have evolved beyond mere matter, a being of pure skepticism. At this most advanced state we welcome you to join us...

 

Includes:

✓ Be a Guest Rogue on the show (Starting after 6 months of patronage)
✓ Get an exclusive SGU LUXOTIC tier t-shirt
✓ All previous levels 

Includes Discord rewards