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Skepticamp Ottawa 2013

The Ottawa Skeptics are pleased to present Skepticamp Ottawa 2013!

If you don't know what a SkeptiCamp is, it follows the unconference model of being driven by the participants. All speakers are locals who have something interesting to say about something they find interesting.

The event will consist of around 12 presentations, each lasting 10-15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions (so a 20 minute time slot per person).

This year we will be at the awesome Shopify Lounge!

Check out the wiki for details about the location, talk summaries, and more.

List of scheduled talks

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: Doors open
1:00 PM - 1:20 PM: Darren McKee - Smart Giving
1:20 PM - 1:40 PM: Nic Watson - When video game players become designers: a Myst-erious ethnography
1:40 PM - 2:00 PM: Alex Gonzalez - Skepticism in the aquarium store
2:00 PM - 2:20 PM: Chris Hebbern - #DropJenny: an example of successful skeptical activism
2:20 PM - 2:40 PM: Break
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM: Dana Peters - Gedankenexperiments
3:00 PM - 3:20 PM: Diane Bruce - Propaganda
3:20 PM - 3:40 PM: Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg - The ape in the office
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM: Corey Yanofsky - Plausibility and probability
4:00 PM - 4:20 PM: Break
4:20 PM - 4:40 PM: Cliff Beninger - Faith and unreason
4:40 PM - 5:00 PM: Dave Green - From Free Energy to Clean Water - Recognizing Your Own Mistakes
5:00 PM - 5:20 PM: Kevin - Anti-missile defences
5:20 PM - 5:40 PM: Ania Bula - Sex Mythbusters
5:40 PM - 6:00 PM: It's a wrap!

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  • Kristine

    Sad to have missed hearing about this! Count me in for next year!

    April 19, 2013

  • Claire G

    I enjoyed many of the talks. A big thanks to those who organized and presented the event, I will go again.

    February 27, 2013

  • RS

    Wife and I are coming by to check things out. Looking forward to it.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought I would be able to come for a bit before the kids come home, but the schedule changed :/

    February 23, 2013

  • Claire G

    I unexpectedly have to teach a class until 12pm tomorrow. Can I still come afterwards or is there no entry after 12?

    February 23, 2013

    • Chris H

      Yes, that's no problem. Come in or out as you wish, it's very informal.

      February 23, 2013

  • Diane B.

    Anyone happen to know what the parking is like there on Sunday? Where to park etc.?

    February 19, 2013

    • Diane B.

      I guess it will depend on how much snow is left on roads or how many parking spaces there are left on Sunday.

      February 19, 2013

    • Seanna

      For Sunday evening events in the Market, I have always been able to find free street parking within a couple of blocks of where I needed to go (even in the winter). For those who prefer not to use the garage, hopefully Sunday afternoon will be similar. (Now that Winterlude is over, things will likely be a bit quieter than they have been.)

      February 20, 2013

  • Mike J

    Sorry something came up so I can't make it.

    February 17, 2013

  • Morris

    Yippee ki-yay!

    February 13, 2013

  • Danny H.


    February 10, 2013

  • Jean-François G.

    If you need help, Chris, let me know.

    January 2, 2013

  • Derek F.

    Hey Stephen, there's certainly a lot to be skeptical about in politics, but skepticamp isn't about politics, it's about science. The paranormal is a great way to introduce skeptical thinking because just about everyone is on board with us when we talk about how people can get fooled into believing in UFOs and such.

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am skeptic on how Ottawa is run buy our politicians for Ottawa? Also the paranormal of spirits and facts.

    December 25, 2012

  • Dwight D.

    Looking foward to it!!

    November 30, 2012

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