Important information about SkeptiCamp

From: Mike M.
Sent on: Sunday, August 12, 2012 6:19 PM

This Saturday will be the inaugural Skepticamp St. Louis ( and we have a phenomenal lineup of talks planned. Despite the name, Skepticamp is not a camp, but a grassroots conference featuring speakers from the local community. You can find the schedule for the event on the meetup page, or at the bottom of this email. From 9:15 to 9:45, we're going to provide a light breakfast, and then we'll kick off the event at 9:45AM. We're also going to provide pizza for lunch at 12:45. In addition to pizza, we'd like to do a potluck of side dishes, 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. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the downstairs Assembly Hall (at the Ethical Society building). Most of the talks will be upstairs in the Auditorium (which does not allow food or drink), but we will also have some talks downstairs in the Hanke Meeting room. Because of the number of people wanting to do talks, we decided to have two talks going on at the same time for part of Skepticamp. We figured this was a better solution than turning away speakers or going with even shorter time slots. Skepticamp is interactive and questions are encouraged throughout the talks. You're not expected to agree with everything everyone says, but you are expected to be polite when you disagree.

When you first arrive, please stop by our table in the Foyer outside the upstairs Auditorium to pick up a packet with a bunch of important information about Skepticamp. At the table, we will also be selling raffle tickets, T-shirts, and 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 have a couple items to raffle off, but if you have a skeptic or science related item that you'd be willing to have us raffle off, please let us know ([address removed]). 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, let us know. Finally, we decided not to provide child care at the event this year, but we may be able to next year. If childcare would likely make a difference in whether you'd be able to attend, please contact us so we know what the demand is.

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.

Mike McKay
President, Skeptical Society of St. Louis

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

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

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

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

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