Jul 09 2010

At TAM 8, Having Great Time, Wish You Were Here.

I am currently at TAM 8  – The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas. If you consider yourself a skeptic, and you have never been to a TAM, I recommend you make it your mission to attend one. This year the conference is co-sponsored by the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation), the Skeptics Society, and the CSI (committee for skeptical inquiry) – all three national skeptical organizations. I guess that means it is now officially the annual meeting of the skeptical movement (it has already been that de-facto).

I am having a great time meeting people who listen to the SGU or read NeuroLogica or SBM regularly – putting faces to some commenter pseudonyms. But I am also very busy. Yesterday I held two SBM workshops (the room was packed for both). Friday and Saturday morning we are recording two live SGU episodes. And Saturday I am moderating an SBM panel.  Friday night we are hosting the SGU dinner. In between I will be interviewing as many of the speakers as possible.

This is all my elaborate way of saying that I really don’t have any time left over for blogging this week. So for today all you get is this electronic postcard telling you what a great time I am having at TAM.

Richard Dawkins is the keynote – I have never seen him before, and I’m looking forward to hearing him speak. And last night I ran into Aubrey de Grey – he is not a speaker, he is just attending the conference.  We were sure to secure him for a future interview for the SGU.

Randi announced last night that next year there will not only be TAM Las Vegas, but TAM London, TAM Australia, and TAM Zurich – four TAMs. This year will be the second year of TAM London and the first year of TAM Australia. I will be attending TAM Australia this year with the SGU crew and I understand it is already sold out.

DJ Grothe, who is doing a great job running the JREF, also announced that attendance at TAM this year exceeds 1,300 – that’s 300 more than last year. I hope this is all a sign that the skeptical movement is still growing. It seems so.

Well – I have a show to put on – back to my regular blogging schedule next week.

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15 Responses to “At TAM 8, Having Great Time, Wish You Were Here.”

  1. Xplodyncowon 09 Jul 2010 at 9:36 am

    Are you still on East Coast time, too?

    I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s workshops and am looking forward to Saturday’s panel. Thanks to you and your colleagues for all your hard work.

  2. Steven Novellaon 09 Jul 2010 at 9:42 am

    Yep – up at 5:30 local time. I usually get on West Coast time just in time to return home. :)

  3. Naon Tiotamion 09 Jul 2010 at 10:19 am

    Good to hear you’re having a fun time, it’s a shame that we Australians won’t be graced by your presence until November.

    Did the Novellatron partake in “Skeptics in the Tub”? Are your circuits sufficiently waterproof for such an activity? I wonder how accommodating TAM is for skeptical robots…

  4. ChrisHon 09 Jul 2010 at 5:07 pm

    :p … AAAGH! I am taking a statistics summer class, and the conditional probabilities are driving me crazy. I am so jealous.

  5. CivilUnreston 09 Jul 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Wish I’d know earlier! I’ll be there for the next one

  6. weingon 09 Jul 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Couldn’t make it this year. Deep in the process of converting to an electronic health record right now. Hope to make it there next year. Had a great time last year.

  7. superdaveon 09 Jul 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Enjoy your time there steve!

    My first email to the SGU was a request for Aubrey de Gray interview. His views are right on edge of science and I think they are perfect for a skeptical discussion. I’ll be very much looking forward to that interview.

  8. rokstatueon 10 Jul 2010 at 1:57 am

    Sounds like great great fun. I was planning on attending, but like most others, something came up. My excuse is that I needed to take summer classes and my funds went to that. I offered to volunteer for it, but no one got back to me. Oh well, their loss. Well… not really.

  9. ChrisHon 10 Jul 2010 at 3:07 am

    rockstatue, I hope your summer class is going better than mine. :(

    I used to be smart, but then I had kids.

  10. ChrisHon 10 Jul 2010 at 3:09 am

    Oh, crud… I did not even get your name right! Should have cut and pasted “rokstatue”… why did you have to leave the “c” out?

  11. bozothedeathmachineon 10 Jul 2010 at 4:03 am

    TAM Zürich!!!! Awesome.

  12. rokstatueon 10 Jul 2010 at 6:53 pm

    These chem labs are killer! I’m not sure why I left out the “c”. I didn’t really have a reason.

    But since I missed TAM I better do extra well in class. Good luck… wait not luck. Work hard? No that sounds too comrade-ish. Do your best! haha

  13. ChrisHon 12 Jul 2010 at 2:01 am

    I just finished my homework that is due tomorrow. I love problems that involve anachronistic stuff like newspapers costing only fifteen cents!

    Here is to good TAM recovery for Dr. Novella and the rest who went to TAM. I want to see pictures of you and friends at the Skepchicks party!

  14. katiehovon 12 Jul 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Steve

    TAM 8 (1st for me) was an awesome time. I knew it was going to be fun, but the whole experience was above and beyond my expectations. I didn’t get around to talking to you, but will definitely be back next year!

    If anyone has even a small urge to go, do it! You won’t regret it (well, not the TAM part, maybe the Vegas part). I am a TAMvangelist now.

  15. bradgoodspeedon 13 Jul 2010 at 4:07 am

    I desperately want to go to a TAM, but can’t quite conceive of how to sell it to the wife. I suppose the fact that I don’t believe in sin wouldn’t assuage her concerns with me going solo to a city named after it – let alone for more of that ‘skeptical crap’.

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