Skepchicamp Venue Set!
Posted by mattusmaximus on December 13, 2009
Chicago’s Galway Arms site of the first Skepchicamp
Skepchicamp, Chicago’s first skepticamp, will be held at the Galway Arms on Saturday, March 6. Co-sponsored by Surlyramics http://surlyramics.com, Skepchicamp will be held in the upstairs room of the Galway Arms, located at 2442 N. Clark ST. Skepchicamp will run from 12:30 PM to about 10 PM, and includes a dinner buffet.
Over twenty area speakers will give skeptical presentations on various subjects, including critical thinking, cults, science-based medicine, and diversity within the skeptical movement. Notable local speakers include Hemant Mehta, creator The Friendly Atheist blog http://friendlyatheist.com, and Elyse Anders, a blogger with Skepchick, http://skepchick.org.
Skepchicamp will also include a panel discussion with other Skepchick bloggers. Skepchick founder Rebecca Watson is scheduled to join the discussion over the Internet.
Skepchicamp is an informal convention with the goal of promoting skeptical thinking in the Chicago area. The goal is to create a laid-back event, driven by the participants. Admission is free, but all attendees are required to help to organize Skepchicamp. Interested volunteers should contact Elyse Anders at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Skeptics believe that everything should be examined with scientific rigor, and generally choose to suspend belief (or agree to append beliefs) based on the availability of adequate evidence. Many skeptics do not believe in the supernatural simply have not seen enough credible evidence to convince us that they exist. They are not curmudgeons who dislike ghost stories. However, skeptics believe in many things, such as love, the power of beauty, art, friendship, humor, and sports, because we know them to be true. Nothing falsifiable is exempt from scrutiny.