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Skepticamp Ottawa 2015

Skepticamp is a user-driven mini-conference on science, skepticism and critical thinking. Our 2015 event features a live Reality Check podcast, 5-15 minute talks on a variety of topics, and a kids' program.

This November 15th, join CFI and the Ottawa Skeptics for our fifth open conference event, Skepticamp Ottawa 2015.

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 at the Hintonburg Community Centre, Basement #2. Come along to listen to some great talks, ask questions, and meet interesting people!

Everyone’s welcome!

There will be a separate kids' program.

The Reality Check will be doing a live Podcast. (

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!

To give us an idea of attendance please RSVP.

10:30AM – WELCOME (Marlowe Filippov)

•  Fusion Power: Are we there yet? (Dana Peters)

•  Stand up for Science: March Against Myths About Modification (Andrea Palmieri)

• Racism Within North America: The Logistics (R.J. Pate)

11:20AM – 11:35AM – BREAK

•  The scientific method, practices and principles (Alan DeKok)

•  Hume in the MRI (Steve Watson)

•  Does the chickenpox vaccine cause shingles? (Seanna Watson)

12:20PM – 01:20PM – LUNCH

•  Live Taping of The Reality Check Podcast (Darren McKee, Adam Gardner)

•  Science, Skepticism, and Minecraft (Nic Watson)

•  Greyhound Mythconceptions (Anthony Glaser)

02:45PM – 03:00PM – BREAK

•  E-cigarettes: Understanding the evidence (Melodie Tilson)

•  Cognition and Bias: Effects of Stereotype Threat on Performance. (Yara Kadulina)

• Always keep an open mind (but not so open that your brain falls out) (Seanna Watson)

•  2015 Top 10 lies, conspiracies, and general BS (Julian Janes)

4:15PM – 05:00PM – MIX & MINGLE

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  • Emmanuel P.

    The presentations are coming out, once or twice a week for the coming weeks. Here's the first presentation:

    1 · January 14, 2016

  • Yara

    It seems the whole thing was recorded, no? There was a guy with a camera hugging the wall...
    So where does the recording go?
    I said so many things that could be insulting if taken out of context...

    November 18, 2015

    • Emmanuel P.

      Yes and the presentations will start to come out soon

      1 · November 18, 2015

  • Dana P.

    I recorded my "Fusion Power" presentation:

    1 · November 18, 2015

  • Andrea P.

    What an amazing group of individuals! I learned so much today. Thank you to the organizers of this event.

    3 · November 15, 2015

  • Emmanuel P.

    What a great gathering! Thanks to the organizers and presenters

    4 · November 15, 2015

  • Holden M.

    Several interesting talks. Lots of questions asked and answered. Live taping of "The Reality Check". What more could you ask for?

    2 · November 15, 2015

  • Janice F.

    Unfortunately, I could only stay for my session, but everything was very well organized and running on time.

    1 · November 15, 2015

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