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SkeptiCamp NYC 2016 Sessions and Attendees

So far, 8 people have registered for SkeptiCamp NYC 2016! However, not all of those attendees will be listed on this page. Some people may have chosen not to make their attendance public. In additional, there are also 0 people on the waiting list.

Session Proposals So Far

Here are the session topics submitted, so far. Please note that placement here does NOT guarantee the topic will be discussed. We are sure most of them will be on the schedule. However, various things, some beyond anyone's control, could force us to change it. The "final" version of the schedule should be available on November 14th, 2016.

To submit your idea, see the Session Host's Guide.

TitleDescriptionName of Leader
Bayes Theorem and SkepticismA basic derivation of Bayes theorem and its illustration in a simple example (such as deciding if a coin is fair or two-headed). It will be directed to people who don't already know Bayes theorem, and hopefully will leave them with a concrete understanding of the basics. Points may include: Bayes theorem asks the right question (i.e., what is the probability of a particular model of the world given a particular set of data from the world); skepticism is about rationally assigning relative odds on competing models of the world (vs. faith, where odds are either 100% or 0%); data enters Bayesian analyses via likelihoods (data only has meaning in the context of defined models of the world); it's necessary to understand competing models, and not just your own model, in order to properly interpret the data (i.e., Bayes factor); data modifies prior belief but everyone has their own prior and can therefore legitimately draw different conclusions despite having the same data.Chris Everett
Why Liberals Suck at Understanding Conservatives and Why It MattersMost of my points will be parroting the works of Jonathan Haidt and Stephen Pinker. But, I will keep it interesting by discussing some monetary bets I had made about this election year. (Note that I have other topics I could talk about. If YOU had a similar idea as mine, I could let you do this, instead. And, I will pick something else from my bucket of ideas. My e-mail is at the bottom of the page.)Mitchell Lampert
Sharpening the Tools for Debating with ChristiansThis session will be an overview, hitting the highlights, of my book, "Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: A Minister-Turned-Atheist Shows Why You Should Ditch the Faith." I will not attempt to summarize the ten problems, but will note just a few of Christianity's most vulnerable points, from my perspective as an ex-pastor with a PhD in Biblical Studies, e.g., the story of Jesus in the gospels presents more negatives than positives; the gospels themselves help make the case that Jesus is (mostly) a fictional character.David Madison

Note that the opinions of SkeptiCamp presenters do not necessarily reflect those of its organizers.

Other Attendees

These are folks who say they are going. But, they have not submitted a session idea, yet. (If you registered, and do not see your name on the list, you can Sign In to Edit your profile. On there is an option to have your name show up on the public list.)

Name of Attendee
Dan Schneider

Some of session topics from previous years included:

  • "Promoting Skepticism via Wikipedia", by Tim Farley of
  • Comedy pieces by a comedian and reality show star named Joshie
  • The Science and Nonsense in Martial Arts, with John Rennie, former editor of Scientific American Magazine
  • Stupid Bayesian Tricks
  • "Critical Thinking for Dummies"
  • How to Write an Essay
  • A Skeptic's Guide to the Art Scene
  • Anti-Vaccine Movement Fallacies and Tactics
  • How to Preserve a Skeptic Community
  • Teaching Critical Thinking in New York City Colleges
  • Discussions about Atheism with Michael De Dora, executive director of CFI NYC
  • Mercury and Dental Fillings; Safer than You Think
  • Science-based opera compositions performed by Hai-Ting Chin

Some of these past topics could be resurrected this year, with updates and new twists.

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