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AtlantaSkeptiCampFeb2009

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What is SkeptiCamp?

SkeptiCamp is a new kind of BarCamp, a conference whose content is provided by attendees. Where BarCamp is focused on technology, SkeptiCamp instead focuses on topics of interest to skeptics, including science, critical thinking and skeptical inquiry. For full details, including a listing of other camps being organized, visit the SkeptiCamp main page.

 

Event details ***UPDATED**

When: February 6-7, 2009

Schedule:

 

Speaker Schedule Sign Up

Volunteer Schedule Sign Up

 

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Session sign up will begin at 5pm, Discussions start at 7pm

Food and beverages will be provided

 

Saturday February 7th, 2009

Discussions resume at 10am

Lunch and beverages will be provided

Shirts will be distributed

 

Where: Doraville Civic Center Doraville, GA

General Directions

Google Maps

Where to stay? 

Holiday Inn Doraville

 

Sponsors

Fund For Thought

James Randi Educational Foundation

Skepchick

Spectrum Scientifics

Thinking Man Tavern

CSI/Skeptical Inquirer

Atlanta Skeptics

Skepticality - The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine

Playing Gods - The Game of Divine Domination

 

     ***Please donate to SkeptiCamp Atlanta HERE***

 

Schedule 

Day 1 - Friday, February 6th

     5pm     Session time slot** sign up and set up begins

     6:30-7pm Dinner provided

     7pm     Discussions sessions begin

 

    Food and beverages will be provided

 

Day 2 - Saturday, February 7th

     9am      Session time slot** sign up continues

     10am    Sessions begin

     12:30pm Lunch provided

     6pm      Break for dinner

 

 

     Lunch and beverages will be provided

     Shirts will be distributed

 

**Time slots are 30 minutes each. This INCLUDES presentation time, discussion and question time, and transition between speakers.

 

Proposed Sessions

  • Theatre Superstitions
  • Genetics and Natural Selection
  • Web Usability
  • Skepticism 101- New to Skepticism? 10 questions every Skeptic should have answers to.
  • Why Vaccinate? Explantion of Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Debunking chiropractic psuedo-medicine
  • Encouraging Skepticism in the Education of Educators
  • History of the Georgia Skeptics
  • Types of Logical Fallacies
  • The Detox Myth
  • Neuroplasticity
  • The Science vs. Religion Quandary in Classic Science Fiction
  • Applied Kinesiology: Dowsing for Diagnoses and other questioanble medical practices
  • How to Be a Skeptical Shopper
  • Science as a Candle In The Dark - An overview of Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Toolkit
  • Measurements, proprtions, scaling, estimates.

 

Topics I would like to hear about

 

  • What is the Scientific Method?
  • Local events (i.e Bigfoot Hoax, Virgin Mary 'siting' in Conyers, Overview of old Georgia Skeptics Archives)
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • Vaccine-Autism Link

 

 

Planners

 

Taylor Proctor - AtlantaSkeptics@gmail.com

 

Volunteers 

  • Maria Walters
  • Christian Walters

 

Participants (aka Campers) 

Name Email

Contribution

(speaker, organizer, etc)

Attending

Fri/Sat/Both

T-shirt size
Stephen King   Speaker - Theatre Superstitions Both Large
Maria Walters    Speaker - 10 questions every skeptic will get asked, and how to answer them.  Both  Large 
Christian Walters   Speaker - Presenting Information to your target audience Both Tent

Tim Farley 

 

Speaker - 1 year of What's The Harm.  Hear the wacky emails.  Find out was surprised me and what didn't surprise me, in building a new skeptical web site.]

 

XXL 

Taylor   I talk about SkeptiCamp in my sleep. Often. Both Small
Lisa Hammett   Speaker - Genetics Both, speaking on Saturday. Large
Joe Anderson   Volunteer   XXXL
Scott Little scott.e.little@emory.edu Speaker - The Detox myth (can we pay Dr. Rachie to come from Aussie land?  She did a great post on this topic on the skeptic zone blog...) As much of Friday as I can and presenting Saturday. XXL
Rich Hammett    Speaker - Neuroplasticity (and dane bramage)  Both, speaking Sat. afternoon XL 
Kelley Roark   Speaker- Why Vaccinate? Explantion of Measles, Mumps and Rubella and other Diseases   Medium
Teresa Ducuara   ...still unsure about a topic to discuss...   Medium
Carlos   Volunteer   XXS
Scott Weikert    Volunteer   
Derek Colanduno   Speaker - Skepticality   XXL
Adam Levenstein   Speaker - The Science vs. Religion Quandary in Classic Science Fiction   XXL
Brian Jones    Speaker - Types of Logical Fallacies (feel free to contact me on facebook if you have specific ones you'd really like discussed)   XXL 
Jerry Jobe    Speaker - Applied Kinesiology: Dowsing for Diagnoses and other questioanble medical practices Sat 

Andrew Sevrinsky   Speaker - Evolution Is A Fact: How To Ward Off Your Local Cdesign Proponentsist Sat only L
Veronica Robertson   Organic Food: Is it Really Better?   XL
Laura Ross   Volunteer   XXL
Irena Rowe    Volunteer  Both XL 
John P. Daigle        
Joshua Gough    Speaker -  Science as a Candle In The Dark -- An overview of Carl Sagan's book The Demon Haunted World, with focus on his Baloney Detection Toolkit   XL 
Aldona Majorek    Speaker - Mistakes made when estimating measures outside of our daily scale. Making large and tiny measurements easier to grasp. How real world objects scale. Order of magnitude estimates. Sat  M
Heidi Anderson heidianderson@bellsouth.net 

Speaker and Volunteer - Resources for Skeptical Parenting

Both

XXL

John Snider contact@americanfreethought.com Speaker - American Freethought Podcast (Note: If David Driscoll and I can get back-to-back scheduling, we can do an hour.)   L
David Driscoll ddriscdav1@gmail.com Speaker - American Freethought Podcast   XL
Nate Shoemaker   Volunteer Sat XXXL - if it's too late, not a big deal.
Daphne Ross daphne@blackcatthursday.com Volunteer  Both XL or L

 

Task List

(please -cross out- when it's done) 

Tech 

Wifi

Projector

Projection Screen

White Boards

 

Non-tech

 

Signs

Banner

Flyers

name tags?????

 

Tags for flickr, delicious, ma.gnolia, technorati etc.

Please use the tag (fill in your tag -- usually barcamp{location}) for content related to this event

 

  • Twitter: #skepticamp

 

Who's blogging?

 

Questions?

If you have questions, please email AtlantaSkeptics@gmail.com.  These are some frequently asked questions:

  • How long are presentation/discussion time slots? Time slots are 30 minutes each. This includes time for presentation, discussion, questions, and transition time between speakers. If you are giving a presentation, 10 to 12 minutes is a good length to allow time for discussion.
  • Do I have to come Friday to sign up for a time slot? No. However sign up for time slots is first come, first serve. If you are unable to make it Friday evening, please arrive early on Saturday (between 9-9:30am) to ensure we are able to begin on-time at 10am
  • What shirt size does "tent" equal to? Basically, it's a shorthand way of saying "I'm a big guy and I like loose-fitting t-shirts, so one of whatever the largest size you're supplying is great."

Comments (7)

Rick Pierson said

at 8:12 am on Jan 19, 2009

I would like to do a presentation on genetics/natural selection, or evidences of evolution in general. I have a multimedia project (Optoma EP771) and a projection screen (about 10' x 10') that can be used.

Maria Walters said

at 9:44 am on Feb 5, 2009

If Taylor hasn't already talked to you, yes a projection screen would be great!

Simon said

at 9:58 am on Jan 23, 2009

I can prepare a presentation for the 'introduction to the scientific method', unless you'd rather have a philosopher of science do it.

Also, if there is any volunteering I can do from here, let me know (I am located in Mississippi and will only be able to make it to Atlanta for the event).

Taylor Proctor said

at 5:48 pm on Jan 27, 2009

Nope, we definitely want YOU to discuss that topic! :D

John Snider said

at 12:46 pm on Jan 27, 2009

Question: Will there be audio recording capability at the SkeptiCamp? Or will we need to provide our own?

Taylor Proctor said

at 5:47 pm on Jan 27, 2009

Someone has volunteered to provide that. I will check with them to be sure that is still a go, and get back to you ASAP.

Simon said

at 2:50 pm on Feb 2, 2009

Then, I will provide...
The title, because I am not filling very imaginative, will be: 'A short introduction to the Scientific Method with special consideration to its application on the Theory of Evolution'.

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