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These are folks who wish to have their attendance to SkeptiCamp NYC made public! This is an opt-in list. Many choose not to show up here, so it is NOT a complete list of all attendees.

Number of registered attendees for this year: 26

Session Proposals

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  Attendee Name Session Title Location Previous SkeptiCamp NYC Events
View Brian Bagzis Public Policy After Utopia Philadelphia, PA 1
  This talk will suggest that, in order to apply scientific skepticism in the political realm, we need to move past ideal theories of politics, embrace "epistemic humility", and then focus on broad empirical measures of public policies & outcomes. We'll look at some indexes created by both left-wing & right-wing think tanks for making international comparisons between policy regimes and how they show a surprising amount of overlap. From this, we can draw some tenative conclusions about how we as a society might chart a gradual upward path across the "policy landscape".
View Bill Chapman Sins of the Eco-Left 0
  Last year I gave a talk discussing several of the most popular arguments put forward by global warming doubters, and why they're wrong.
Mitigating climate change will be difficult, and can't be achieved without bipartisan support.
The environmental movement is currently dominated by the extreme political left. They are hostile to the idea of harnessing market forces in their solutions, which inevitably involve large expansion of the government and micromanagement of the economy, which makes the conservatives skeptical of the sincerity of their scientific conclusions.
View Spiro Condos Zen and the Art of Dental Maintenance Manhattan 6
  Modern Dentistry has many controversies, and faces many of the same challenges as Medicine and Science. Popular media regularly trumpet some new "breakthrough" with far reaching conclusions that are rarely in the actual scientific article they refer to.
Topics to be discussed will include "Flossing; a waste of time?", "Are good teeth becoming a class divider?" And the usual suspects; "Mercury amalgams, Fluoride, Root Canals, are they safe?"
View Russ Dobler The Power of Pop Compels You: Geek Culture as a Vector for Outreach 4
  Let's face it -- in today's world, geek culture is pop culture. And most skeptics are geeks, so why not take advantage of that? Lots of websites discuss the science of superheroes, but as an editor for AiPT! Comics, I bring the skepticism to our fandoms. When Hydra tries to use fluoride to control people, we are there! When the creator of Wonder Woman also pushes his polygraph, we are there! Find the hidden skepticism in entertainment, and find out how you can help reach beyond the echo chamber and build your own name at the same time!
View Chris Everett Bayes Theorem and Skepticism New York City 2
  In 1763, the Reverend Thomas Bayes published “An Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances,” containing what is now known as Bayes’ theorem. Bayes’ theorem remained relatively obscure for two centuries but has since come to the forefront of statistical inference. Bayes’ simple but powerful theorem is notable for its subjectivist interpretation of probability, providing a mathematically rigorous framework for incorporating objective data into our otherwise subjective beliefs. Chris Everett will present a simple derivation of this important theorem and discuss some of its implications for everyday critical thinking and skepticism.
View Jay Feldman Skepticism and atheism - irreconcilable differences? Coral Springs, Florida 0
  At times atheists and skeptics appear to be of one and the same mind. Various organizations that promote atheism and critical thinking have "nonoverlapping magisteria" of their own. This creates confusion and conflicts which harm the furtherance of both skepticism and atheism. This workshop is an introduction to such problems and a suggested methodology for reconciling these two subjects.
View Mitchell Lampert Ideological Purity: The Destroyer of Worlds! Westchester County 8
 

It seems all types of communities are subject to fissions and bouts of self-destruction, every now and then. And, not just religious or political groups: Skepticism is no exception! And, problems seem to start whenever there is a call for "more purity". (Would you believe even volunteer organizations helping with hurricane recovery are also subject to these issues?) I intend to show how this happened even amongst critcal thinkers who claim to fight against such things.


Right now some skeptical groups are asking questions such as "Should we become more politically active?" and "Shouldn't we align ourselves more with Atheism activism?" I hope to use the Threat of Ideological Purity to show that the answer should be "NO", at least most of the time.

View David Madison If Your Resurrection Lasts Only 40 Days, Or: A Skeptic's Guide to the Gospels' Biggest Cover-Ups New York City 0
  The gospels relate far less about the historical Jesus than appears on the surface. In fact, it seems that the authors didn’t write much at all about what actually happened. It’s not hard for skeptics (those who are committed to rigorous historical methods) to see through their blatant cover-ups, e.g., what happened to Jesus when he died—and what he taught. The gospel writers were creative theological novelists, and in this presentation I will provide a few specific examples.
View Natalie Newell Storytelling, Skepticism, and Science Moms Bethesda, MD 0
  With my "Science Moms" documentary now released online, I'll use my experiences with the film (and the idea of storytelling) as way to bring science and critical thinking to people on a personal level.

In a way, this will serve as a follow-up to last year's Skepticamp presentation, leaving room to brainstorm with the group about how we can promote skeptical thinking (particularly around food and medicine) to parents.
View Thelonia Saunders A Skeptical Look at Tarot 0
  Tarot reading has been around for centuries, as well as other modes of fortune-telling. Focusing on Tarot, we'll be looking at the history of the cards (and how they've been used), what the Iconography of Tarot cards says about us, the merits and ethics of practicing Tarot, and if there's a place for Tarot in a skeptical world.
View Tony Saunders Fracture and Resolution: How Artists Hijack Your Brain Brooklyn, New York 7
  We're going to look at some of the mental processes that make looking at visual art so satisfying—or not, depending on how well we can integrate the elements into a coherent whole.

Other Attendees

  Attendee Name Location Previous SkeptiCamp NYC Events
View Beth Everett Nyc 0
View Marie-France Han New York 0
View John Kirbow New York City 0
View Manaved Nambiar India 0
View Diliana Stoyanova 0

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