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Session Proposals

We may or may not have approved any of these to be on the schedule, yet, so they are subject to change. If the actual schedule is available, it will be found here: Schedule Page.

  Attendee Name Session Title Location Platform Previous SkeptiCamp NYC Events
View Olga Ast Reaching for the Sky New York Webcast 2
  This year I am not attending SkeptiCamp in person.

Earlier this year I recorded a video for another conference. My presentation was dedicated to urban light pollution which is usually not getting enough attentions:

If you’d like to show it then Q&A may be carried via Zoom


Reaching for the Sky

The human desire to create a perfect environment through the fabrication of artificial realities has altered entire landscapes and has even disrupted our relationship to the night sky. Stars have always dominated our natural surroundings, connecting us to the Universe and Eternity. Most of us, however, can no longer see them outside of a planetarium due to urban light pollution. The sky, like nature’s last bastion, has fallen prey to our desire for the artificial. Our ambition to reach for the sky has concealed it from our view. What kind of psychological impact does this have, and can a re-connection with the night sky help us make our relationship to the natural environment more emotional, caring, and attentive?

This session on urban light pollution also included a presentation ‘The Matter of Time’ by Patricia Olynyc: If you would like to show Patricia Olynyc’s video as well then I can invite her for Q&A.
View Russ Dobler #SkepComm -- Fulfilling the Promise of Organized Skepticism In-Person 8
  What's now called the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry was founded 45 years ago, with part of its mission statement calling for "the critical investigation of controversial or extraordinary claims from a responsible, scientific point of view," and the dissemination of "factual information about the results of such inquiries to the scientific community, the media, and the public."

We've been really good at the first part ... so why are we so TERRIBLY AWFUL at the second?

In what amounts to the culmination of 7 previous SkeptiCamp talks, I'll make the argument that as a community, we need to face facts about what kind of public communication actually works and what doesn't, with the immensely popular #SciComm movement as a model. Get your Hard-To-Swallow Pills ready; you're not gonna want to hear this.

I'll also briefly introduce SCAN -- the Skeptical Communication and Activism Network -- which is a brand new way for dedicated individuals to connect with like-minded, differently-skilled individuals to work on outreach projects and get shit done.
View Jonathan Howard Why Skepticism is Worth it New York City In-Person 0
  A defense of skepticism and the sad fate of doctors who dismissed it.
View Terri Karp Ethics For Digital Minds Englewood, NJ Webcast 0
  Brain-to-computer implants, self-driving cars, and autonomous weapons already exist. How should skeptics view the social challenges expected as technologies advance? Terri Karp has been programming computers professionally for decades, and in this non-technical discussion, she’ll explore the kinds of questions that computer scientists are considering: Can consciousness be duplicated? Does intelligence have boundaries? Could a digital mind suffer?
View Mitchell Lampert Fun with Fake Subs Westchester County In-Person 12
  The human mind will often pick up words it thinks are spoken in its native language, but in fact are not. To demonstrate this, I will showcase some foreign language music videos, and first have the audience can share what they hear. Then, I will present my own interpretation with fake subtitles.
View Claus Larsen The Harrit Syndrome - Why a normal dialogue with conspiracy theorists is not possible Denmark Webcast 0
  This presentation will include:

- Harrit syndrome
- Manipulation techniques
- Normal dialogue/Focused dialogue
- Extremism
- Conclusion
View "Rob Palmer" Critical Thinking 101: Inoculating Yourself Against False Beliefs New Jersey Webcast 1
  Our brains evolved on the African savannah well enough to allow survival in that unforgiving environment. But our thinking is far from perfect. We are primed to trust the opinions and anecdotes of people we know. We conclude that something is true based on inadequate personal experience, less-than-perfect memory, faulty logic, and a host of cognitive biases. All of this can lead us to believe in things which do not comport with reality, and often results in bad decisions and even harm.

In this talk, Rob Palmer will discuss these topics from a skeptical perspective, because understanding our innate cognitive shortcomings can help us think more rationally, better avoid errors, and live better lives.

Other Attendees

Not all of the attendees are listed below. This is an opt-in list, of those who wish to have their attendance to SkeptiCamp NYC made public! Many choose not to show up on this page.

Total number of registered attendees for this year: 37

Total In-Person Registrations: 18
Total Webcast Registrations: 19
  Attendee Name Location Platform Previous SkeptiCamp NYC Events
View "Caterwauling" US Webcast 0
View "Allie" Ocala, Florida Webcast 0

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