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Skepticamp Ottawa 2014

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The Ottawa Skeptics are pleased to present Skepticamp Ottawa 2014!

This May 4th, join the Ottawa Skeptics for our fourth open conference event, Skepticamp Ottawa 2014.

Skepticamps, modeled on the BarCamp approach of non-curated, user-driven content and participation, are entertaining, educational and informative events in a relaxed environment. The overall theme is science, skepticism and critical thinking.

This year we are once again at the Shopify Lounge, right in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Come along to listen to some great talks, ask questions, and meet interesting people!

We have a full day of fascinating talks ( from 16 speakers, including three excellent keynotes: Katie Gibbs, co-founder of Evidence for Democracy; ( Michael Kruse, Chair of Bad Science Watch (; and Jim Davies, Director of the Science of the Imagination Laboratory ( at Carleton University.

Talk synopses and speaker bios are available here (, and the full schedule is also reproduced below.

Everyone’s welcome!

To give us an idea of attendance please RSVP, and check out the logistics page ( for more information.

If you can’t make the full day, feel free to just drop in for the talks you want to see. We look forward to seeing you there!
[masked] Marlowe: Welcome to Skepticamp
[masked] Jim Davies: The Beauty of Bad Ideas
[masked] Alex Gonzalez: The bush of life: cladistics for the layperson
[masked] Kyla Cullain: Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: the need for a shift in strategy
[masked] Break
[masked] Kirsten Brouse: Why co-ops make good capitalism
[masked] Katie Gibbs: No Science, No Evidence, No Truth, No Democracy
[masked] Lunch break
[masked] M Farkas-Dyck: Food and Alternatives
[masked] Krista Thomas: 5 Myths about GMOs
[masked] Clifford Beninger: Why the 12-step Disease Concept of Addiction Must be Abandoned
[masked] Michael Kruse: Science Advocacy on the Fringe
[masked] Break
[masked] Nicholas Robinson: Do you understand F=ma?
[masked] Danielle Quigley: Why is scientific inquiry important to bullying prevention and intervention programs?
[masked] Darren McKee: Myths of Foreign Aid
[masked] Break
[masked] Josh Bowie: Free Will
[masked] Able Varghese: Engineering and Tech. Entreprenurship
[masked] Julian Janes: Cold reading: train to be a charlatan in 15 minutes or less

Visit ( for more details.