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Written by Jeff Wagg
Escape the cold and snow, and join us this January in sunny Florida for a very special Amaz!ng Meeting! TAM 5.5 will be unlike any other. With new speakers, a new format, and more audience interaction, this is a unique opportunity to experience a more intimate gathering with your fellow skeptic
The Conference: Friday January 25th through Sunday January 27th, 2008.
at the Plantation Hotel & Conference Center, Plantation Florida
(not far from the JREF headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Our master of ceremonies will be perennial favorite Phil Plait, and with a very special address from James "The Amazing" Randi himself.
Our guest speakers will include:
Mark Roberts, New York City tour guide, and author of some very enlightening – and skeptical – reports on 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Kelly Jolkowski, President and Founder of Project Jason, an advocacy group for the families of missing persons with a special emphasis on important information about predatory so-called psychics.
Rebecca Watson, founder of Skepchick, LTD, the most popular women-oriented skeptical site and co-host of “Skeptics Guide to the Universe.”
Robert S. Lancaster, founder of stopkaz.com and stopsylviabrowne.com. Who epitomizes "do it yourself" skeptical activism in his effort to shed light on some of the questionable activities of the nation's foremost so-called psychic.
Michael A. Stackpole, Podcaster, best-selling science fiction author of the "Star Wars: X-Wing" books, the "Pulling Report" which debunks myths about the harmful effects of role playing games, and leader of the Arizona Skeptics.
Phil Plait, the "Bad Astronomer," long-time friend of the JREF and one of the very few who has attended every TAM! (www.badastronomy.com)
Brian Dunning, creator of the Skeptoid Podcast. (www.skeptoid.com).
Alison Smith, of Skeptical Analysis of the Paranormal Society (www.skepticalanalysis.com).
Bart Farkas, author of countless books, including the Secrets of Podcasting and an upcoming work on the Million Dollar Challenge. (www.powells.com/tqa/farkas.html)
Martin Rundkvist, Swedish archaeologist, skeptic, and writer of the most-read archaeology blog on the Internet.( scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology)
Jeff Wagg, General Manager of the James Randi Educational Foundation.
Schedule of Events:The 3 day event schedule can be found Here.
Schedule is subject to change but we will do our best to stay as close to this schedule as possible.
Optional Workshop: Friday, January 25
A four-hour instructional session in which you will learn the ins and outs of podcasting, blogging and building your own website so that you can better get your message across. No prior knowledge needed, just the desire to get your message across and the willingness to learn.
Intimate Dinner with Randi and Special Guests: Saturday, January 26
A Fundraising dinner with James Randi and his special guests. Join Randi and the JREF crew along with Rebecca Watson, Michael Stackpole, Robert Lancaster, Kelly Jolkowski and Mark Roberts for an intimate dinner and discuss whatever's on your mind.
JREF Open House: Sunday, January 27
Join use at the JREF headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Everyone is welcome to attend and visit the JREF offices to see how our day to day operations work. You can watch one of the 700 videos we have in our Video Library, sit with Randi in the Isaac Asimov library and discuss the many different books in his collection, even view some of the hundreds of challenge applications in our archives.
Hotel Accomodations & Reservations
Plantation Hotel and Conference Center
1711 N University Drive
Plantation, Florida, 33322
Ph: (954) 556-8200 | Website
We have a block of rooms reserved at a special rate of $99. You must call the hotel directly to make reservations by December 10th. When you reserve your room mention James Randi to get the discounted rate.