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SkeptiCamp NYC 2016 Sessions and Attendees

So far, 22 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
Arming Kids with Critical Thinking in the (mis)Information AgeKevin Davis, the Executive Director of Young Skeptics, will discuss the importance of instilling critical thinking skills at an early age. Young Skeptics is the first of its kind after-school club for elementary school kids, focused on developing the skills necessary to navigate through the (mis)-Information Age we find ourselves in today.Kevin Davis
Weight and WooI'd like to explore some of the basic pseudoscience ideas related to nutrition and weight loss, fad diets, and actual biochemistry/thermodynamics of how weight works.Kay Feldt
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
Fukushima: To Run or to Stay? A Personal AccountFive years ago, I was living in Tokyo when the most powerful recorded earthquake in Japanese history hit. The worst of the danger appeared to have passed, until the news out of Fukushima grew steadily more sinister. Some began to flee the region or even the country. Looking back five years later, what was the real danger at the time and what are the lasting consequences?Jonathan Nelson

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
Elliot D
Sonia Idelsohn
Kevin Keith
John Marinelli
Dan Schneider
Kathryn Thomson

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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