If you are the sort who regularly read skeptical blogs then chances are you’ve heard of SkeptiCamp. You may even have attended one. But you may not know this: Vancouver, though not the first city to host a SkeptiCamp, has had such success with our SkeptiCamps that we just keep on having them and they keep getting bigger. Tomorrow – Saturday, 20 March* – Vancouver will be the first city to host a third SkeptiCamp, and there are more people registered to attend than attended BOTH of our previous SkeptiCamps combined.
What is ‘SkeptiCamp?’
SkeptiCamp is a democratized conference for, but not necessarily about, critical-thinking. It’s a one-day meet-up of smart. It is a rational ad hoc play-date. It’s Jesuscamp without speaking in tongues or fear of Harry Potter. (Okay, well… perhaps a sprinkling of complete ambivalence to Harry Potter.)
- Ian Bushfield — 13.7 billion years in 90 seconds (or The Evidence of the Big Bang)
- Dr. Steve Wiseman — No Pleasure Cruise: The Troubled Relationship between Psychiatry and the Church of Scientology
- Brian Lynchehaun — Edge Contrast and You
- Ginger Switzer — Secrets of the Language Code
- Greg Bole — Defending Darwin
- Lars Martin — Introduction to the Theory of Relativity
- Shannon Rupp — Rational Journalism
- Matthew Linsdell — Personal Training and Woo
- Radio Freethinker — Radio Freethinker
- Jaymie Matthews — Who Needs Paranormal?
- James Bernath — Private programs for “going into space”.
- Jacob Vohs — Myths about Child Abuse
- Gerry Armstrong — Scientology
- Yves van Gennip — The Role of Mathematics in Science and Skepticism
Some very promising people and subjects there, I’d have a hard time picking advance favourites.
*Saturday, 20 March, 2010 from 10am to 6pm. At UBC’s Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182) at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver.