Next Saturday, August 18th 2012 from about 10:00am-5:00pm at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, The Skeptical Society of St. Louis (of which I am V.P.) is hosting Skepticamp!
Here, have some info plagiarized from the event sites:
We are excited to announce St. Louis SkeptiCamp 2012, a free conference where you can participate! When: August 18, 2012; from approximately 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Exact times will be announced later. SkeptiCamp is a grassroots conference where people from the local community give talks on topics like skepticism, science, philosophy, and religion. Everyone is invited to give a talk on a topic that they’re interested in and the audience is encouraged to ask questions throughout the talks. You can find out more about SkeptiCamps in general at http://skepticamp.org/. The length of the talks will vary, but most talks will likely be either 12 or 25 minutes long. If you are interested in doing a talk or volunteering in other ways, please contact Scott Anderson at skepticampstl (at at at) gmail (dot) com.
Here are the speakers that have been finalized so far:
(updated 5pm, 2012/08/10)
Robert Ashton: Sauce for the Gander: Why skepticism applies to things we believe in
Laura Hennefield: Cognitive Psychology
Erich Vieth: Errant Decision-Making
Larry Lazar: Talking Science With Uncle Bob
Alice Sanvito: Woo, Sloppy Thinking, and Language
Dr. Pamela Gay: Science!
Ben Conover: Neuroscience of Belief
Lance: Relationships between theists/atheists
Gabe Harper Extremist Ideologies as Religions
Ben Schuldt: Jesus was a Dick
Karl Wulff: Skeptical Finance: The Housing Bubble, What Happened, Why and What it Means for the Future of Home Ownership
Dane: Why Intelligent Design isn’t as crazy as you think
Reuben T. MD MPH: 10 Medical Myths in 10 minutes
Andy Semler: Ableism and Atheism
Christina Stephens: Accupuncture: Watch Me Stab Myself <———-
David Peery: Superstition in Nursing
Gabe Harper: Extremist Ideologies as Religions
Kwame: The History of Atheism in the Black Community
L. Richard Feldenberg, M.D.: Evolutionary Medicine and the Kidney- How a fish messed up the design for your kidneys
Larry Lazar: Talking Science with Uncle Bob
Michael Blanford: Those Meddling Kids… Skeptical Messages in Children’s Television Programming
Mike McKay: Time Traveling Porn: Fact or Fantasy
Paul Harris: Why We Need More Skeptics
Phil Ferguson: Breaking the Cycle: Promoting Critical Thinking in Children
Zi Teng Wang: The Psychology of Magic: The Inner Secrets of the Art of Deception
We’re in discussions with several other people about speaking and will announce more speakers soon. If you still want to do a talk, it’s not too late. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s the Facebook event page.
Here’s the Meetup event page.
See you there? My talk is all about how acupuncture is unethical, and includes a demo of me sticking needles into myself: always a good time.
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