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Written by Jeff Wagg   

You can't stop the Amaz!ng Randi, and he's at it again with his Amaz!ng Meeting. This time it's TAM 6 and just like in past TAMs he's lined up some heavy hitters for this one of a kind conference.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet some of the leaders in the Skeptic movement. Randi is bringing back such great speakers as Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer), Penn & Teller, Richard Saunders, Dr. Richard Wiseman, Dr. Michael Shermer, Adam Savage (from the Mythbusters), Christopher Hitchens and Paul Provenza. That's not even half of the speakers scheduled to attend.

Don't forget the special opportunity to have dinner with Randi and many of these fabulous presenters. Dinner with Randi and guests is a fundraising event and we welcome everyone that would like to attend. However spaces are limited so you should register right away.

Attendees must be at least 12 years of age to attend. Event speakers are subject to change without notice. If you would like to cancel your registration please know that a cancellation fee may apply.

FEATURED PRESENTERS FOR TAM 6

 

Keynote speaker

 

Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. He served on George W. Bush’s Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry, and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for his work.

He is President of The Planetary Society, and has authored eight books, including his memoir, The Sky is not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist.

Tyson is the host of the PBS program Nova, and is a regular guest on The History Channel’s The Universe.

Dr. Michael Shermer

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine ( www.skeptic.com ), the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University.

Matthew Chapman

Matthew Chapman is a journalist, director, and author. He is the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin, and has written widely on the creation-evolution controversy in the United States. He authored 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania, which focuses on the dissention surrounding the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial.

Adam Savage

Since 1993, Adam has concentrated on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones and currently co-host of Discovery Channel's MythBusters.

Dr. Paul Zachary Myers

PZ Myers is a biology professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is an outspoken critic of intelligent design, and is an activist in the creation-evolution debate.

Myers maintains the blog Pharyngula, where he writes on creationism, biology, evolution, and scientific development. In 2005, Pharyngula won the Koufax Award for Best Expert Blog, which Nature describes at the top-ranked blog written by a scientist.

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens is an author, journalist, and literary critic, and was a columnist for Vanity Fair. He is a political activist, outspoken atheist, and authored the bestselling book God is Not Great, which was nominated for a National Book Award.

Richard Wiseman

For over a decade, Professor Wiseman has worked with the media to help bring science and psychology to a wide and diverse audience.

His research has been featured in a large number of television programmes, including Horizon, Body Shock, 20/20, and Dateline.

Penn & Teller

Ever at the ready to uncover more "Bullshit!" from their hot Showtime series, will update us on their latest adventures.

Steve Novella

Dr. Steven Novella is the Director of General Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, President of the New England Skeptic’s Society, host of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, and is a contributing editor for Quackwatch, a blog that uncovers unethical medical practices.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE

There are many more presenters then the ones you see above. Also scheduled to attend are:
Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer), Sharon Begley, Greydon Square (hiphop artist), George Hrab, Dr. Art Benjamin, Benjamin Radford, Banacheck, Paul Provenza and Richard Saunders. For full list with bio information visit the TAM 6 presenters page here

 

Workshops & Shows

Workshop: The Real X-Files: Scientific Paranormal Investigations w/ Ben Radford
radford Ever wondered how a person goes about investigating a haunted house, a Bigfoot sighting, or a crop circle? In movies and on television it looks easy, but how do real-life paranormal investigators discover what really happened, separating truth from myth?
(Hint: Ghost Hunters ain't it!)

Come find out in a unique, two-hour intensive workshop taught by CSI investigator Benjamin Radford. Radford is managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, columnist for LiveScience.com, and author of three books and hundreds of articles on science literacy, investigation, and the paranormal. He will share his experience and insights gained over a decade of first-hand field investigations of mysterious phenomena. Drawing from dozens of case studies involving lake monsters, psychics, and ghosts, Ben will explain the step-by-step process in investigations, including critical thinking, evaluating unusual claims, interviewing eyewitnesses, and conducting field experiments.


Workshop: Mneumonic w/ Banacheck
"Learn memory techniques from master mentalist Banachek when for the first time at TAM he shares some of his secrets with workshop participants. What may seem impossible now becomes possible when Banachek shows you how."


Show: Mathemagic w/ Dr. Art Benjamin
Dr. Arthur Benjamin is both a professor of mathematics and a magician. He has combined his two loves to create a dynamic presentation called "Mathemagics," suitable for all audiences, where he demonstrates and explains his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator. Reader's Digest calls him "America's Best Math Whiz". He has presented his high energy talk on over a thousand occasions to audiences throughout the world.

Dr. Benjamin has appeared on many television and radio programs, including: The Today Show, CNN, Amazing Discoveries! and National Public Radio. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, Omni Magazine, Esquire Magazine, People Magazine, and Reader's Digest.