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Nov 15 2011

Skepticon is nigh!

Are you ready for Skepticon 4 this weekend?!?!

I’m not. I still have to finish my talk. I had a nightmare last night about being too busy pubcrawling at Skepticon to make my slides. Those nightmares may not be too far off. I’ve never been to Skepticon before, but it has quite the reputation for its partying. When I told PZ I was coming, he said he was glad because they needed “more young people to soak up all the alcohol.”

I am scared.

Not wanting to be tagged as a bunch of wet blankets, Freethought Blogs is having its own little get together. It’ll be on Saturday at 9:30 at the Farmers Gastropub. PZ Myers, Greta Christina, JT Eberhard, Ed Brayton, Richard Carrier, and I will all be there. You know you want to be where all the cool kids are.

As for the actual conferemce, my talk will be about skepticism and genetics, focusing on how to spot silly genetic claims in advertisement and the media. Hurray for actually giving a talk related to my field! Of course, my talk is at 10am after our pub night, so maybe I won’t be as excited about it then.

At least they put me ahead of Richard Carrier and Hemant Mehta, who are, for some horrifying reason, giving back to back talks about math. Why do they torture me so?!

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  1. 1
    annesauer

    That’s a fantastic topic! I’m really looking forward to your talk!

  2. 2
    BenSweaterVest

    #corrections “my talk is at 10am after our pub might”…. should be pub night

  3. 3
    Adam

    Oh, you are in trouble… there will be partying. The slides will still get done. And, you will be eternally happy! See you there.

  4. 4
    MathMike

    Yes, the talks at Skepticon are there to give your liver time to process the previous night’s booze in preparation for that night’s booze.

  5. 5
    Dani

    I’m really looking forward to hearing your talk! I’m sure you’ll manage to throw something awesome together. See you this weekend!

  6. 6
    Rob

    This is my last year in Missouri, so I figured that I should finally make the drive to Springfield and see what it’s all about. See you there!

  7. 7
    Tim

    @Rob (6)- Good to see I am not the only Missourian who didn’t know about having a most excellent skeptics conference down south. Unfortunately, it is my last year in this state as well, so I will only get to go once. (sad face)

    Jen,

    My socks, they are prepared to be rocked off by your presentation.

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    Kevin

    I’m sure you’ll do well.

    Any Skepticon presentation I would make would be how to be skeptical about claims fast food advertisers make…and would consist solely of side-by-side photos of their ads and the real food as delivered.

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