Next Tuesday (July 20) the GESS is holding an open Board Meeting followed by a Skeptics in the Pub Drinking Skeptically night.
Location: Elephant and Castle, City Centre Mall
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Topics of conversation will include the upcoming Alberta SkeptiCamp and stories from the Edmonton skeptics who attended the recent TAM 8 event in Las Vegas.
Check out the Drinking Skeptically Facebook event page to RSVP. Hope to see you there!
In two days hundreds of skeptics and critical thinkers from around the world flock to Las Vegas for The Amaz!ng Meeting 8, also known as TAM. If you’re new to Skepticism, TAM is a yearly conference where skeptics, scientists and athiests gather together to learn, share and celebrate skepticism. This year’s schedule is packed with fantastic workshops and speakers, from James Randi himself to other well known skeptics like Richard Dawkins, Phil Plait, Adam Savage, and the cast of Skeptics Guide to the Universe. You can see a full list of TAM8 speakers and their bios at the official TAM website.
Edmonton will be well represented at this yearly Skeptic conference, and if you’re stuck here at home you can keep up with some of the Edmonton contingent via Twitter by following @yegskeptics members list. You can also follow the latest from TAM using @porlob’s TAM8 list or by searching the official TAM hashtag, #TAM8.
Also, keep an ear out for a joint live podcast on Thursday night for Virtual Drinking Skeptically called Skeptically Speaking Beyond BS, hosted by Robynn “Swoopy” McCarthy from Skepticality, Heidi Anderson of Fat One in the Middle and She Thought, Barb Dresher from ICBS Everywhere, and Edmonton’s own Desiree Schell from CJSR’s Skeptically Speaking.
Have a great TAM Edmonton Skeptics!
The first Alberta SkeptiCamp will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Hosted by The Greater Edmonton Skeptic Society in partnership with the University of Alberta Atheists and Agnostics, this unconference will be held at the University of Alberta (further details to be announced soon). Our goal is to gather together skeptics from diverse interests and backgrounds from Edmonton and across Alberta to share and promote critical thinking at a day-long event.
SkeptiCamp is based off the BarCamp model, where programming is provided by the attendees: everyone is encouraged to come prepared to speak and participate. Each session will be 20 minutes, so interested presenters should time their talks accordingly.
The event is 100% free and a fantastic way to meet new like-minded skeptics in Alberta, so check out the SkeptiCamp Alberta site and sign up to attend. The exact schedule of events for the day is still being worked out so please check back for updates, but we’ve posted a draft version to give you an idea of how the day will go.
For more information on the history and format of SkeptiCamp, check out the wiki at SkeptiCamp.org. They’ve also got a great list of session topic ideas for those interested in presenting but not sure what to talk about.
G.E.S.S. will be having our first AGM on Tuesday March 16 2010 at 7:00 PM. We will be taking votes on executive and board positions. A $10 donation will give you a vote and membership, and, if you are interested, an opportunity to run for the board. We look forward to the bringing reason and fun to the coming year, so please come out.
Strathcona Branch Program Room (upstairs)
Edmonton Public Library
8331 – 104 Street
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