February 21, 2012
It grants people the freedom to question statements of supposed fact, without falling prey to blind acceptance. It dares to subject otherwise accepted experts or officials to tests of reason and fallacy. Most importantly, it allows critical-thinkers to progress outside the box of ideological subjugation.
I work in advanced energy storage research for automotive powertrain electrification. There is a famous adage, "In God we trust, all others bring data." As a secular skeptical environmentalist, I insist that God bring data as well.
I've only attended one event so far, but the organizers seem committed to getting interesting speakers and topics. They also seem to be well-read which is a plus when you're dealing with diverse topics.