SkeptiCamp St. Louis

On August 18th, we will be having SkeptiCamp St. Louis, a free conference where you can participate! SkeptiCamp is a grassroots conference where people from the local community give talks on topics like skepticism, science, philosophy, and religion. Everyone is invited to give a talk on a topic that they're interested in and the audience is encouraged to ask questions throughout the talks. You can find out more about SkeptiCamps in general here. We will have talks throughout the day from 9:45AM to 6:00PM. We will be providing a free light breakfast and lunch at 9:15AM and 12:45PM. We will have pizza for lunch, and will be doing a potluck for sides, so if you have a tasty recipe, we'd love to have you bring some to share. If your dish needs refrigeration, please see someone at the Skeptical Society table in the foyer. You should also stop by this table to pick up your info packet and if you want to purchase raffle tickets, T-shirts, or Skeptical Society beer glasses. The beer glasses will be $10 or 2 for $15 and the t-shirts will be $15 each. We will have Skeptical Society t-shirts as well as a Skepticamp t-shirt that we had made just for this event. We could also use some help with (wo)manning the table and with setup and cleanup, so if you'd be willing to spare a little time to help, please send us an email ([masked]).

 

This is just the first SkeptiCamp we've done in St. Louis, but it's looking like this might be the biggest and best SkeptiCamp ever, with a crowd of about 120 people. I hope to see you there.

 

Here's the schedule:

09:15AM-Breakfast
09:45AM-Introduction
10:00AM-Paul Harris: Why We Need More Skeptics
10:30AM-Alice Sanvito: Woo, Sloppy Thinking, and Language
11:00AM-Mike McKay: Time Traveling Porn: Fact or Fantasy
11:30AM-Break
11:45AM-L. Richard Feldenberg, M.D.: Evolutionary Medicine of the Kidney- How a fish messed up the design for your kidneys
12:15PM-Dr. Pamela L. Gay: Enabling Space Exploration: Crowdsourcing an Interplanetary Future
12:45PM-Lunch (Downstairs Assembly Hall)
After lunch there will be two tracks of speakers (feel free to switch between the two):

Track A (Upstairs Auditorium)
01:30PM-Ben Conover: Neuroscience of Belief
02:00PM-Lance Finney: Relationships Between Theists/Atheists
02:15PM-Gabe Harper: Extremist Ideologies as Religions
02:30PM-Ben Schuldt: Jesus was a Dick
03:00PM-Andy Semler: Increasing Accessibility to the Freethought Community
03:30PM-Dr. Christina Stephens: Acupuncture:  Watch Me Stab Myself
04:00PM-Kwame: History of Atheism in the Black Community

Track B (Downstairs Hanke Meeting Room)
01:30PM-Reuben T., MD, MPH: 10 Medical Myths in 10 minutes
01:45PM-Dane Muckler: Why Intelligent Design Isn't As Crazy As You Think
02:00PM-Bob Sandheinrich: Bad Math and the Velda City Blues
02:15PM-Karl Wulff: Skeptical Finance: The Housing Bubble, What
Happened, Why, and What it Means for the Future of Home Ownership
02:30PM-Larry Lazar: Talking Science with Uncle Bob
03:00PM-Erich Vieth: Errant Decision-Making
03:15PM-Laura Hennefield: Developmental Psychology
03:30PM-Robert Ashton: Sauce for the Gander:  Homosexual marriage and climate change - Do skeptics practice what they preach?
04:00PM-Michael Blanford: Those Meddling Kids...Skeptical Messages in
Children's Television Programming

04:30-Break
04:45PM-Phil Ferguson: Breaking the Cycle:  Promoting Critical Thinking
in Children
05:15PM-David Peery: Superstition in Nursing
05:30PM-The Psychology of Magic: The Inner Secrets of the Art of Deception
05:45PM-Closing ceremony and announcement of raffle winners
06:00PM-Gather at Houlihans for a Skeptics in the Pub

Join or login to comment.

  • william e. j.

    Hey Mike,

    I have ticket[masked], and would love to have the books. Let me know the best way to pick them up.

    August 24, 2012

    • Mike M.

      I'll send you a message about pickup.

      August 24, 2012

  • Mike M.

    Nobody stepped forward as the winner of the books, so I drew a couple more tickets. If you had[masked],[masked], or[masked], you may claim your prize.

    August 23, 2012

    • Dave B.

      If no one claims them, I'd say bring them to the BBQ and give them away there

      August 23, 2012

  • Erich V.

    I enjoyed attending SkeptiCamp. Thanks to all of those who worked so hard to put this together, and I'm sure it took a LOT of hard work. Many good ideas were exchanged by quite a few thoughtful presenters. Especially good, given the impressive attendance and given that this was the first year for this event.

    1 · August 20, 2012

  • Richa J.

    Being a new member, this was my first event attended. I must say some really ingenious brains have gone in the making up of the whole event. The USP, however, was the absolute space and freedom given to be out with what you are (in reason). I liked it a lot. very refreshing.

    August 20, 2012

  • Ben

    Sorry, Dave Jacquin, for giving a moronic talk. Did you happen to actually listen to it and have something specific to object to? Or did you just not like the title?

    August 19, 2012

    • Mike M.

      G, I was also responding to Dave's review of the event where he said that me permitting Ben's talk was a mark against my character. I just wanted to clarify a couple points, but now I've said what I wanted to say, so I think I'll leave it at that.

      August 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah, missed that part. Sorry. In the end, it is simply chaff. Let's continue to work at separating the wheat . . .

      August 20, 2012

  • Chrissie F.

    I was very impressed with this event and my only gripe was that I was unable to attend all the talks that I would have liked because they were scheduled at the same time. I very much look forward to attending the next one. To those who found it offensive and not to their taste I suggest they find some other venue to attend. They were obviously out of their depth here.

    August 19, 2012

  • Robyne

    Immensely enjoyed meeting those I met. Thank you for some great conversation. I look forward to next years event..

    August 19, 2012

  • Jim G

    Some very good presentations, some not so much, which is to be expected. Lots of interesting people.

    August 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great event and the organizers did an excellent job! Thanks to everybody involved!

    August 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    There was a lot of good stuff here. 15 minutes was not long enough for some presenters to fully present their concepts (some would have required hours), but it was enough to expose me to the concepts so I can explore on my own. So I appreciated the chance to spend less time with more more presenters as opposed to more time with fewer presenters.

    August 19, 2012

  • Maddie W

    Great! Sign me up for next year!

    August 19, 2012

  • Dave J.

    50-50. GOOD IDEA -BUT(,AS USUAL) SOME SPEAKERS WEAK.SOME GOOD.*NEED TO KEEP TOPICS RELEVANT TO SKEPTIC CAMP/ .SOME SPEAKERS= WHAT?-WHY?
    MOST IMPORTANTLY-(RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY IS DESERVRD BY ALL)* SADLY "YOU ENDORSED the MORONIC TALK? BY BEN SCLULDT/YOU O.K IT. Your character @ ?to his stupid randomization.(*-the title-) you knew and approved.Careless
    disregard for your peers,and guest. Our Marines in boot camp had more class. Sorry,but you asked!
    Any f--- words dosen't make you tough.to be eccentric,to be different,be a freak,go for it.
    D.J

    August 19, 2012

  • Andy ".

    Better than Skepticon!

    August 19, 2012

  • Bob

    Some very interesting thoughts and opportunities presented.

    August 19, 2012

  • Montie B. L.

    Excellent job everyone. Great event. Let me know if help is needed next year. Thanks.

    August 19, 2012

  • Mike M.

    We have two unclaimed raffle prizes. If anyone has ticket 79087, you won a massage, and if you have ticket[masked], you won the books. If you won, let me know and we will try to get them to you. If you didn't win, hold on to your tickets. If nobody claims those prizes, I'll draw another ticket for each of them.

    August 19, 2012

  • Brad C

    Great time, thanks to all speakers and attendees!!

    August 18, 2012

  • Robyne

    Is there space available where I can do a short talk? If so what are time slots and what do I need to do before hand; paperwork, etc? Thanks!

    August 14, 2012

    • Mike M.

      I will probably be running around frantically trying to make sure everything is set up properly. If you come by the info table outside the main auditorium, they might know where I am.

      August 17, 2012

    • Robyne

      Will do. Everything will turn out as you have hoped and planned... : )

      August 17, 2012

  • Shannon

    Is there a location? Will there be any childcare?

    August 12, 2012

    • Brad C

      Mike- Are you sure there won't be child care? Kimberly's comment on this event (under the STL Atheist group calendar) mentions child care, but I'm not sure of the current status.

      August 15, 2012

    • Mike M.

      Yes, I'm sure. We wanted there to be, but it didn't work out.

      August 15, 2012

  • william e. j.

    We would like to table at this event if that is possible. Please advise. Thanks, Bill Juedemann

    July 24, 2012

    • Mike M.

      Contact [masked].

      August 12, 2012

125 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Create your own Meetup Group

Get started Learn more
Allison

Meetup has allowed me to meet people I wouldn't have met naturally - they're totally different than me.

Allison, started Women's Adventure Travel

Start your Meetup today

Act now and get 50% off.
Until February 1.

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy