The actual sequence of events at any SkeptiCamp is subject to change based on the needs and interests of its
attendees. The following is the schedule we will start with. But, be aware that it could change around a lot.
The opinions of SkeptiCamp presenters do not necessarily reflect those of its organizers.
This schedule was last updated on 12/06/2019.
|Date: December 7, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
||Location: The 122 Community Center (122CC), 2nd Floor, 150 First Avenue, New York, NY 10009
||Pre-Con Meet-and-Greet! Schmooze with your fellow attendees while we set up the place.
||Opening Ceremonies and Other Obligatory Stuff
||A Rational Alternative to the "New World Order"
In this talk, I'll introduce a concept from the field of international relations - the "liberal international order" - as a more rational & sophisticated counterpart to the oft-debunked "New World Order" conspiracy theories. We'll consider 2 questions:
(1) What can publicly available documents, email leaks & social network analysis tell us about the control that organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations & the Bilderberg Group have over the Liberal International Order?
(2) Does international relations research suggest that the Liberal International Order promotes peace, prosperity & happiness or does it cause war, exploitation & misery?
An open Q&A discussion on current immigration issues.
||Short Break #1
||Another Year of Fighting the Climate Wars
|I have been reading everything I can get my hands on about climate change since 2016, and have been very active in environmental organizations, including one that I founded. As of December 7, I will have made two trips to DC to lobby congresspeople on the climate change issue.
My organization: http://nyc-cca.com
||A Few Remarks on the Mythology of the Future
| My presentation will address visual metaphors of time and their connection to present-day pictorial and verbal messages and advertising practices that uncover, stimulate and enforce our desires and influence everyday models of life. I will relate my experience of living under radically different socio-economic structures with different pictorial representations of the future – and argue that the common cultural preoccupation with narrowing our reality to a straight line going from Past to Future is one of the causes of a dramatic shift in our societies’ relationship to the environment.
||Lunch Break! There are a number of places you can eat from, in the area.
||Skeptical About Music
I plan to explain my personal music journey and thoughts about music. I will discuss famous skeptical musicians that sing about skeptical stuff. Then, as a group we will attempt rewrite Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with skeptical lyrics, I will attempt to orchestrate it.
The session will culminate with the attempted assembly of the first Skeptical NYFC SkeptiCamp Jugband
orchestra. I'll bring a tin flute, children's xylophone, egg shaker, slide whistle, harmonica, bugle, and a banjo.
Everyone else can play along with any musical app on their phone if they want.
||The End of Ufology? The Information Age Is the Best and Worst Thing for Believers
||Science and Technology
Now that everyone always has a powerful digital camera within reach, and official surveillance creeps closer to Orwellian inevitability, shouldn't we have ... I don't know ... found some conclusive evidence of UFOs by now? Or at least admitted that the lack of anything conclusive tells us all we need to know?
I posed these questions and more to some of the last remaining old guard of serious UFO study for their analysis on whether the end of ufology, one way or another, is finally in sight.
||Alternative Medicine and the Exorcist
|I will discuss how the movie, The Exorcist illustrates the way that some people can become drawn to alternative medicine.
||Short Break #2
||Personal Privacy and Cybersecurity Best Practices
I will lead a discussion about credit bureau freezes, Tor/VPNs, encryption, obfuscation, passwords/2FA alternatives, and more.
||Collecting and Showcasing Science Toys! Yaaay!!
| For several years, now, I have compiled a small collection of scientific toys, models, and other curiosities. Only a few of which I will be bringing with me to this event. However, I have been hosting a Table of Scientific Curiosities at my co-op for a few years. And, I am planning to bring it to other venues, in the future! Learn about all the FUN things I have in store, and perhaps contribute ideas of your own to add to it!
If I have time left over, maybe we can also talk about science video games, or something.
(NOTE: Mitchell will NOT be discussing his crackpot ideas for how the mind works, during this conference.)
||Clean Up Time! - Leave No Trace!
||After Party! Location to be announced.
Note: The category names don't really mean anything important.