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CSI Conference

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CSICon 2012 is coming to Nashville October 25–28, and it’s bringing the best and the brightest minds of science and skepticism for an unmissable assemblage of fascinating talks and presentations, enlightening panel discussions, eye-opening workshops, and more food and fun than you can fit into the Grand Ole Opry. And with all the anti-science activity taking place in the statehouse, what better time could there be for a bunch of skeptics to descend upon Tennessee?

David Gorski will set the record straight on alternative medicine. Physicist Lawrence Krauss will blow your mind with what science has learned about cosmic origins. Science journalist Chris Mooney will take you on a terrifying trip deep into the brains of Republicans and Democrats. Social psychologist Anthony Pratkanis will expose the tricks of the trade of flim-flam artists. Psychologist Richard Wiseman will help your brain tell the difference between a haunting and a hoax. And you’ll remember Elizabeth Loftus for making you realize how much you didn’t remember about the whole thing.

In the midst of all this intellectual firepower will be ample opportunities to decompress. Check out a special live edition of the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast. Comedic musician George Hrab will have you laughing with both of your brain’s hemispheres. Skepchick Rebecca Watson will MC what might be the nerdiest Halloween party outside of a Star Trek convention, complete with live music and, yes, a moonshine tasting.

And of course, we’ll take another crack at communicating with the dead with our traditional Houdini séance. This is just a small sampling of all that’s to be experienced at CSICon 2012.

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