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One Week 'Til NECSS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Feldman   
Saturday, 10 April 2010 10:40

NECSS_logo_fade_smallJoin James Randi and newly-installed JREF President D.J. Grothe next weekend in New York City as they headline a stellar lineup of speakers at the second annual Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS). They will join George Hrab, Steve Mirsky, Steve Novella, Rebecca Watson (and the entire Skeptic's Guide to the Universe "Rogue's Gallery"), as well as a special Science Based Medicine panel comprised of Dr. Val Jones, Dr. David Gorski, Dr. John Snyder, and Dr. Kimball Atwood. The inimitable Jamy Ian Swiss will emcee the festivities, which will take place from 10AM - 6PM on Saturday, April 17. The location will be Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute, located at 55 E. 59th St. New York City.

Registration is open and includes a full day of panel discussions, individual presentations, a musical performance by George Hrab, and a special live taping of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast. Tickets are $65 full price or $40 for students and NYC Skeptics/New England Skeptical Society members. (Note: you may sign up as a member of either organization and immediately purchase your discounted NECSS ticket)

Please visit to register and for further details.

The Ham Party 2 at TAM 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   
Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

hamparty1Those of you who attended our very first TAM Talent Show – The Ham Party at TAM 7 – know that it was a roaring success, with many great performances and awesome contributions by host George Hrab and judges Sean McCabe, Alan Melikdjanian, and Richard Saunders.

Well, this year, at 9pm Friday, July 9th, we’re bringing The Ham Party 2 to TAM 8! We’re stepping it up even further and bringing you nothing less than the best talent program the skeptical world has ever seen.

Be sure to read through this whole article for a breakdown of what you’ll get if you purchase a ticket to The Ham Party 2, as well as the guidelines for submitting yourself as a contestant. If you are chosen as one of the performers for this event, your admission to The Ham Party will be waived, and you will be eligible to win some great prizes.

If This Be Selling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Cuno   
Friday, 09 April 2010 17:14

We skeptics are often eager to share the wonders of critical thinking with family, friends and associates. Good.

Some of us unabashedly and not very artfully seize the smallest opportunity to bring the topic into any conversation. Friend: “I have a new recipe for cookies.” You: “Sylvia Browne looks like she eats lots of cookies. Speaking of which, here is what the evidence says about psychics…” 

Some of us find subtler ways. How many of you, like me, keep a copy of Why People Believe Weird Things in plain sight in hopes of prompting questions?

Once we get a conversation started, we trot out evidence, debunk, and recommend websites, books, magazines and podcasts. We hope that at least some of the people we thus regale will embrace skepticism.

There’s a word for that kind of activity. “Selling.”

Change to TAM Schedule involving Penn & Teller PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by JREF   
Friday, 09 April 2010 12:01

Because of a change in their performance schedule that will take them out of the country, Penn and Teller will not be performing their show at the Rio during the dates of The Amazing Meeting, as originally announced. As a result, the JREF will be refunding the purchase price of the discounted tickets for everyone who registered for the show and/or bus service to it.

Penn and Teller have always been very generous to the JREF, every year offering discounted tickets to their acclaimed show for TAM attendees. While they won't be in town during all of the conference this year, they will be attending the first day of TAM, Thursday, July 8th, and we have a special event planned with them, which we will announce next week.

TAM Forum Grant Info PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 18:11

The TAM8 Forum Grant fund allows students and others who need financial assistance to attend The Amaz!ng Meeting 8. Scholarships apply directly to the TAM8 registration fee. Below is information on appying and donating.

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