I Will Be at the Con

In a few days, the CONvergence science fiction and fantasy convention hits the Twin Cities. Here’s the link to the con’s web site. This is one of those things where everybody dresses up as R2D2 or something furry and attends various events, authors read from their work, artists sell their products, gaming tournaments are played, and several thousand gallons of pop (soda to some of you) are consumed.

Part of this event is a “track” (a sequence of sessions) run by the Skepchicks, called Skepchickcon. Here is the webpage for Skepchickcon.

Two of your QM bloggers, Stephanie Zvan and I, will be attending and participating in the con in various ways. (Here’s Stephanie’s schedule.) I’ll be participating in a number of Skepchickcon panels, as will Stephanie, and she will also be reading from her body of fiction in a separate event.

Some of you may know that Louis Shackleton, an honorary Skepchick, and blogger at Sex in the Public Square and Crowded Head, Cozy Bed, is trying to attend this year’s con as well, but he is a poor student with the usual financial difficulties. If you want to donate to a fund to bring Lou to the Twin Cities, click here. (Thank you, Jafsica, for arranging that.)

Anyway, here is my schedule for the con, including both events I’m participating in and events I’m planning to attend:

Thursday, July 1

5:00pm – 6:00pm
The Skepchicks are back!
Meet the blogging ladies from www.skepchick.org. With Amy Davis Roth, Bug Girl, Carrie Iwan, Maria Walters

8:30pm – 9:30pm
Skepticism 101
With Steve Thoms, Pamela Gay, Lois Schadewald, Greg Laden

Friday, July 2

9:30am – 10:30am
Science and the Internet
Exploring the sources for scientific information online. Where can you find real scientific information and where will you find bad research, bad data and bad findings? With Greg Laden, PZ Myers, G. David Nordley, Stephanie Zvan

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Stephanie Zvan Reading
Stephanie, author of “The End of Eternity” and “Among the Trees” reads from her work.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Bulls**t Detection Kit: Why Pseudo-Science Doesn’t Deliver
Exploring pseudo science and why it is highly improbable. It is called pseudo science for a reason. With Ted Meissner, David Walbridge, Greg Laden, Steve Thoms, Bug Girl, Stephanie Zvan, Lois Schadewald

8:30pm – 9:30pm
Physics or Fantasy?
Perpetual motion machines, cold fusion, free energy and other fake science stories. Where do they come from and what does physics really allow? With Jennifer Ouellette, Pamela Gay, Stephanie Zvan, Lois Schadewald

11:00pm – 12:30am
Vilification Tennis
The show that violated fire codes in Harmonic CONvergence is back and they brought their interpreters with them! Enjoy their offensive insults in fabulous sign-o-rama (TM) and learn why they should never, ever, be given microphones. With Tim Wick

Saturday, July 3

11:00am – 12:00pm
Do Ghosts Really Exist?
The science of paranormal investigation. Is it possible that ghosts really exist and how can we prove it? With Stephan Stomberg, Dave Schrader, Rich Shepardson

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Science and the Media
Ways in which scientific findings are reported and distorted by the media. With Bridget Landry, Rachel Maccabee, Stephanie Zvan, Greg Laden

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Women as Skeptical Activists
With Maria Walters, Carrie Iwan, Pamela Gay, Jennifer Newport, Debbie Goddard

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Evolution Mythbusters
We’ll take a look at the common misconceptions of evolutionary theory. The panel will discuss why those misconceptions are wrong and how you can prove it. With Ted Meissner, Greg Laden, PZ Myers, Bug Girl, Lois Schadewald

Sunday, July 4

11:00am – 12:00pm
New Discoveries in Evolution
Our panel will discuss the latest exciting discoveries in the field of biology and what those discoveries are telling us about evolution. With PZ Myers, Greg Laden

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Smart vs. Intelligent
You don’t have to be a genius to think critically. With Ted Meissner, Maria Walters, Stephanie Zvan, Amy Davis Roth, Debbie Goddard, Pamela Gay

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