Welcome to the Irving K. Barber Learning Center.
I attended the afternoon session:
Afternoon lineup. Click to enlarge.
The venue was very impressive. About 65 friendly, smart and skeptical people attended. It wasn't crowded, which I really appreciated.
The Victoria Learning Theater accommodates 154 hungry minds.
The event was videotaped and will hopefully be available soon at VancouverSkeptiCamp. But here's my quick impressions of the afternoon:
Shannon Rupp, writer for the Tyee and Ottawa Citizen, addressed why newspapers and media wield such a limp skeptical stick. Yes, it's the cash-hungry bottom line.
Matthew Linsdell: Personal Trainers should beware of double-dipping into other professions without proper accreditation when giving advice to clients.
Radio Freethinker: Awesome presentation. Four smart guys, four smart talks.
Self Deception: People deceive themselves when it matches their needs.
Jaymie Matthews: Normal is the new not-normal. "Who needs paranormal?" Show me a picture of ghostly light in a dark cemetery and I'll raise you one high-res image of deep-space captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Which one is more thrilling and thought-provoking, worthy of wonder and personal investment and education?
Jaymie Matthews: He holds the whole world, in his hands.
G. Switzer, The Language Code. Hot-button words and phraseology can colour, clutter and slant communication. Science opponents are longstanding experts at this art; it's time for science communicators to catch up.
Jacob Vohs – Myths about Child Abuse
Myth: Child abuse happens equally across all social classes.
Fact: Children raised in poverty are 30 times more likely to experience abuse. (It's true)
Gerry Armstrong – Scientology. Gerry's talk was so highly compelling and informative, I videotaped it myself and will soon post it to YouTube.
Yves van Gennip: "Was mathematics invented or discovered?" It depends on who you ask. Also, 1+1=2 is not as simple as you think. Is math simply a trip of the mind?
Captain Picard: There! Are! Four! Lights!
.....Vancouver SkeptiCamp was a five-star event, I plan to attend the next one in October.