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 11/26/2018.
|Date: December 8, 2018, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
||Location: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe (back room), 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
||Pre-Con Meet-and-Greet Breakfast! Schmooze with your fellow attendees while we set up the place. You can purchase some breakfast items from the cafe, and pre-order lunch, while doing so!
||10th Anniversary Opening Ceremonies and Other Obligatory Stuff
||How to Consume Neuroscience Like a Skeptic
Neuroscientist here! Let me just crack open your brain, and take a look-see-daisy inside. No? Ok, fine, let me just run a little scan-a-doodle. See how this bit "lights up" when you see a hamburger? That means you're hungry. Or vegan. Or, or, ... Well, to be perfectly honest, I really can't tell you much for certain. Neuroscience is just in its infancy. You know, like a baby that we oogle at and believe has soooo much potential and is totally going to change the world. Instead, hows about I show you how to consume neuroscience like a skeptic?
||A Year of Discussing Climate Change
One year ago, I gave a talk about how I planned to start a lecture series that reaches out to conservatives on climate change. This year I'll discuss how that effort has gone, with comments on on the nature of discourse moderation.
||Short Break #1
||Political Science & Political Myths
In this session, I'll go over some of the major findings in political science research listed in Hans Noel's paper "Ten Things Political Scientists Know That You Don't" and Christopher Achen & Larry Bartels' recent book "Democracy for Realists." As you'll see, political scientists have converged around some consensus views that conflict with commonly held "folk theories" about how our political system works.
||Spiro Ruins Immigration!
|This will be a data driven look at one of the most divisive issue of our times. Primary sources of current research will be combined with historical context and my own family history.
|| 1:45 PM
||Lunch Break! Brooklyn Commons serves some great meals for lunch! We hope you will join us!
Ask us how to pre-order your food!
||Riffing Paranormal Videos
For this experiment, we will play a crappy paranormal video or two, and everyone will be allowed to throw comments at it, MST3K-style!
||Using the Science of Superhero Origins to Track Real Life Pseudoscience
|We lost the Man this year, so let's take a look at Stan Lee's comic book creations and notice they reflect the fact that no one really knew what the heck "radiation" was in the '60s, despite the word being everywhere. As time goes on, other "sciencey" words become either scary or overhyped, great for both new superhero origins and for conniving hucksters. "Quantum"? "Toxin"? Like Stan said, if it sounds good, use it!
||Short Break #2
||(Still More Ways) Artists Hijack Your Brain
|A further exploration of the visual system and how it relates to visual fine art. Along with some aesthetic principles that operate "under the radar" and guide our responses to visual stimuli, there are cultural, economic, and social factors behind every "Art" experience. We will take a look at a few of these factors and discuss—possibly even argue!—where to go from here.
||Adaptively Irrational: Why Do Some People Respond To New Evidence And Others Do Not?
||The Emotional Brain
This talk explores a conjecture about the role of cognitive biases in human evolution and its implications.
||Short Break #3
||Skilled Persuasion Can Change Stubborn Minds: Change My Mind!
|For this exercise, I will take on the role of someone who is hopelessly optimistic about encouraging people with deep-rooted pseudo-scientific ideas, to appreciate what actual, factual science has to say on various subject matters, instead. Your job is to show me that I am just as crazy as the people I am trying to convince away from their crazy ideas. This might not require too much acting, on my part, though I am no seasoned expert. I will try to utilize some of what I have learned about How People Learn, to defend myself. It should be fun! (This is actually a bit of a follow up to my SpeedyCamp presentation. But, if you didn't see that, don't worry: You didn't miss much.)
(NOTE: Mitchell will NOT be discussing his crackpot ideas for how the mind works, during this conference.)
||OPEN SESSION / Final Q&A
If there are no last minute sessions added, we can do a final Q&A session with ALL session leaders standing on the podium, to take questions from the audience.
||Closing Ceremonies and Clean Up - Leave No Trace!
||After Party! Location to be announced.