Gunnar Tjomlid

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Gunnar Tjomlid
Born (1974-08-03) 3 August 1974 (age 46)
Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
OccupationWriter, skeptical activist

Gunnar Roland Tjomlid (born 3 August 1974) is a Norwegian skeptic, secular humanist[1] blogger, and author.

Early life[edit]

Tjomlid was born to a Norwegian father and English mother in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, where he lived until he was two years old. He then mostly grew up in Tonstad in Sirdal municipality. In December 2009 he moved to Oslo.[2]

He was a Christian and a believer in some pseudosciences before becoming a skeptic and an atheist.[3]

Skeptical activism[edit]

He started his blog 'Unfiltered Perception' in 2006, which changed name to 'Saksynt' in 2013 after he started to cooperate with Nettavisen.[4] He was one of the co-founders of the Norwegian skeptical podcast Saltklypa, and was on their panel from 2010 to 2012.

In 2013 he published the book Placebodefekten[5][6][7] (The Placebo Defect) which is about alternative medicine and how easy it is to fool oneself.

Tjomlid has been a persistent critic of alternative medicine and opposition to vaccination. Persons within that community have threatened him with a lawsuit[8] and tried to portray him as a defender of pedophilia.[9][10][11] In January 2015, one of the most active participants in that campaign was convicted for defamation.[12]

In December 2010 he received the award "Tordenbloggen"[13][14] and in January 2014 he received the award "Årets sterke mening" in Vixen Blog Awards 2013,[15][16] for the blog Saksynt.


  • Placebodefekten – Hvorfor alternativ behandling virker som den virker, Humanist Forlag ISBN 9788282820516
  • Håndbok i krisemaksimering ISBN 9788243010741


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