SkeptiCamp NYC 2020 - Share the Apple of Knowledge
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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 Previous SkeptiCamp NYC Events
View Olga Ast Tomorrow, Yesterday New York 1
  I would like to show a small collection of Soviet representations of the future mainly from the Space Race era, focusing on 1960’s and 1970’s science fiction, utopian literature and futuristic publications popular during that time, and compare it to a few American futuristic depictions of the period. I plan to concentrate mostly on visual representations as opposed to literary or narrative descriptions, predictions and forecasts.
View Janyce Boynton Facilitated Communication - I Thought That Died in the 1990s! Maine 0
  Facilitated Communication is a technique used on people with severe spoken and written language difficulties and requires a facilitator to provide emotional and physical support, plus cuing. Proponents claim messages obtained using this technique are "independent" of facilitator control. Controlled testing shows it is the facilitators, not people with disabilities, authoring the messages. Why are we talking about it today? Not only didn't FC die, it has mutated and flourishes still today.
View Spiro Condos Quo Vadis? (Whither goest thou?) Can we develop an Ethics that is rational and at least partly empirically derived? Manhattan 8
  How do I live my life? What should I do? What should I give importance to? Is Ethics a purely subjective field that is merely a matter of personal preference, or can we develop some broad outlines based on anthropology, Science and empiric observation and study?
View Russ Dobler The Real Secret of the Skinwalker Ranch - Laughable Research Methodology 7
  As the story goes, Utah's 512-acre Skinwalker Ranch has been a hotbed of bizarre occurrences for 50 years -- from UFOs to cattle mutilations to Bigfoot emerging through a dimensional portal. This summer's "Secret of the Skinwalker Ranch" series on History Channel, sadly, captured nothing exciting, but did show how the "sciencey" cast completely botched an investigation. Having worked in underground detection for 13 years, I'll run down just how ridiculous their (mis)use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) really was.
View Mark Edward Skeptical Activism and the Paranormal Salinas, CA 0
  Highlighting recent successes in exposing psychic fraud.
View Susan Gerbic Grief Vampires, Wikipedia and more Salinas, CA 0
  I will discuss recent work with the various Grief Vampires I'm been working on through the pandemic lock-down and tie the activism up with a bow to link with the GSoW project.
View Adrienne Hill A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Wikipedia Edit Calgary, Canada 0
  I will describe my journey to becoming a Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia editor. I will share the strange and weird discoveries made while researching for articles, along with stories from some of the amazing people I have met along the way since joining the project.
View Mitchell Lampert Can VR Really Enhance Education? Westchester County 11
  What, of any practical, effective value does the immersive experience of virtual reality truly bring to the table, in regards to education? Here, we will attempt to separate the hype from the actual reality!

I am speaking as a fan of VR technology, and someone who hopes to see the market for it continue to grow (in annoyance of its doomsayers). However, I happen to like facts even more! If VR cannot truly cut it as an educational tool, we should know that, and can continue using for mere entertainment, anyway.

There is hope, though, that it can excel in helping us experience things in unique ways, that we barely get to appreciate on flat screen monitors. And, perhaps someday, its expense will be low enough to bring that kind of unique boost of understanding to public schools.
View "Rob Palmer" Belief in Psychics: What’s the Harm and Who's to Blame? New Jersey 0
  The talk will be an expanded/updated version of my presentation to CSICon in 2019 about the devastating monetary impact, up to personal financial ruin, that is all too often the result of believing in psychics and mediums. I will give legal system case-examples, discuss why this paranormal belief is so prevalent in the US, and discuss what skeptics must do to curb this largely under-the-radar national scourge.

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: 97

  Attendee Name Location Previous SkeptiCamp NYC Events
View "Kenny the Inspector of Gadgets" Philadelphia 0
View "Scott B" Toronto, Canada 0
View "Steve" Canada 0
View "DanieleCicuzza" Brunei Darussalam 0
View David Colquhoun UK 0
View beverly dabrio 0
View Jeanine DeNoma Monmouth, OR 0
View Chris Everett New York City 4
View Jay Feldman Parkland, Florida 1
View Lisa Goodlin New York 0
View "Ollga" Russia 0
View Ken Karp Englewood, NJ 0
View "Shariar S Kazi" New York, NY 0
View Brian Kerby 0
View Mary Mangan Somerville MA 0
View "Rerisson" São Sebastião de Lagoa de Roça 0
View "Captain Mike" Kona, Hawaii 0
View "Bill" Sonoma County, California 0
View "Jesse" Washington, DC 0
View Kyle Polich Los Angeles 0
View Kendra Reed Texas 0
View Avi Steiner London, Ontario 0
View "Bruce" Richmond, B.C. 0
View "Jann" Toronto, Canada 0

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