Skepticamp Phoenix 2013

This is sure to be of interest to FFRF-VSUN members and friends. Go to the website to register to attend. There are only a few spots left!

You can also keep up by "liking" their facebook page.

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What Is SkeptiCamp?

SkeptiCamps are informal, community-organized conferences borne from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. Everyone from casual skeptics to the experienced participate, give talks, and get to know each other. Unlike standard conferences, SkeptiCamp encourages the audience to be actively involved in the discussion.

When and Where

When: Saturday, January 26, 2013, 9am - 4:30pm

Where: Cottonwood Hall 101/103, Barrett Honors College, ASU, Tempe, AZ

Directions and Parking

The closest parking is the Rural Road Parking Structure. Parking is free on Saturdays. From the parking structure, head west on Lemon and cross at the pedestrian crossing just before McAllister. Keep heading south through Hassyampa Academic Village (there will be a UPS store on your left). Once you emerge from Hassyampa, you should see a sign for the Craig & Barbara Barrett Honors College. Keep straight until you encounter the College gates and enter. From there follow the main path to Cottonwood. Here is a map of the route.

Instructions to Register

Registration is free.

Providing there is still space available, you may register as an attendee only or you may elect to give a talk.

To register, go to

Speakers should prepare about 15 minutes worth of material, keeping in mind that questions will come throughout the presentation. If you expect a lot of questions, try to allow more time.

The deadline to register a talk is Friday, January 11th. Slides must be submitted in PDF format no later than Thursday, January 24th. Submit slides to [masked].

Registered talks

The number of talks is limited to 18.

  1. Matt Londen, The Folly of Self-Sufficiency
  2. Caroline Londen, Skeptical Parenting
  3. Larry Geistlinger, Death an Uncomfortable Truth
  4. Bill Kurmes, Quackademic Veterinary Medicine
  5. Glenn Stoneman, General Semantics: A Very Brief Overview
  6. Evan Andeen, Nibbling at the Margins: Selling Science to the Skeptical
  7. John Lynch, Mivart and Skepticism over Darwinism
  8. Joel Hunter, The Model Skepticism of Hermione Granger
  9. Jim Delton, Gun Rights
  10. Jim Lippard, Some things skeptics say about science that make academics who study it wince
  11. Dylan Walker, What was the protestant reformations effect on science.
  12. Tony Barnhart, Fossils of Gooey Bits: The Futility of Evolutionary Psychology
  13. Kevin Tyers, Vaporware: The best stuff that never was
  14. Reed Esau, Journeyman Skeptic, if there's still room in the schedul

Go to to see updated schedule and to register.

Registered Attendees

The number of attendees is limited to 40.

Go to to see list of attendees and to register.

Scheduling Policies and Guidelines

Schedule subject to change. We cannot guarantee a time slot, but we will do our best to work with your needs. You are free to come and go, but we will start promptly after breaks and lunch.

Current Schedule

Schedule subject to change.

 9:00am - 9:05am   Opening remarks
 9:05am - 10:25am  Talks (x4)
10:25am - 10:35am  Break
10:35am - 12:15pm  Talks (x5)
12:15pm - 1:15pm   Lunch
 1:15pm - 2:35pm   Talks (x4)
 2:35pm - 2:45pm   Break
 2:45pm - 4:25pm   Talks (x5)
 4:25pm - 4:30pm   Closing remarks
 5:00pm - ???      Meetup at the Vine

Food and Drink

The closest coffee shop is Dutch Brothers (Rural north of Apache, just across from the Rural Parking Structure).

All of the following lunch spots are a few minutes walk from our location.

  • On Rural (North of Apache): Taco Bell, McDonald's, Thai Basil
  • On Rural (South of Apache): Wendy's, What-A-Burger
  • On Apache (West of Rural): The Vine, Domino's Pizza, Jimmy John's, IHOP
  • On Apache (East of Rural): Brosenbrus Cafe, Baer's Den, Pete's Fish & Chips, King Tut Cafe, Pita Jungle, Filiberto's
  • At the ASU Memorial Union: Einstein Bros, Papa John's, Subway, Burger King, Starbucks

We will be meeting up after SkeptiCamp for food and drinks at The Vine (South side of Apache just South of SkeptiCamp).

Room Layout and A/V Setup

  1. Large classroom space
  2. Dual-boot MAC/PC with Windows and OSX, Powerpoint and Keynote, Ethernet (at either end of classroom). This will probably be booted into OSX.
  3. Wireless mic (usually)
  4. DVD player
  5. ASU public wireless access

External links

Check out the Phoenix Area Skeptics Society [12] and join the Phoenix Skeptics in the Pub on Meetup group [13]

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