Posted by mattusmaximus on February 19, 2010
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The very first ever Skepchicamp! It’s Skepticamp, but Skepchickier!
Complete with real live Skepchicks!
Skepchicamp is an informal convention with the goal of promoting skeptical thinking in the Chicago area.
Unlike formal conventions, everyone who attends Skepchicamp is expected to participate in some way – giving a speech, serving food, helping to set up a room, or donating money.
The goal is to create a laid-back event driven by the participants.
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. There are, however, there are many things that skeptics do believe in. Like love, the power of beauty, art, friendship, humor, and sports because we know these things to be true. Nothing falsifiable is exempt from scrutiny.
The organizers invite you to attend the first event on March 6, where you can both learn and teach others about skepticism.
“In the end, the Skepchicamp in which you partake
is equal to the Skepchicamp you make.”
If you’d like to attend but still have not made a contribution, please contact Elyse to find out where we still need help.
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Posted by mattusmaximus on February 3, 2010
I just wanted to share the news with you about the first Chicago area SkeptiCamp – Skepchicamp – being hosted at the Brehon Pub on Saturday, March 6th – Yeehaw!!!
For those who don’t know, the basic idea behind SkeptiCamps is that they are informal, community-organized conferences borne from the desire for people in the skeptical movement to share and learn in an open environment. Everyone from casual skeptics to the experienced participate, give talks and get to know each other. Over the last couple of years, successful SkeptiCamps have been hosted in New York City and Denver and there are new ones planned in Atlanta, Ohio, and Vancouver, British Columbia… but our very own Skepchicamp is the first one to be hosted in the Midwest! Woot!!! 🙂
Please note that if you wish to attend, in keeping with the spirit of SkeptiCamp, you must contribute to the cause in some tangible manner – this doesn’t necessarily mean a monetary donation (though we like loot 😉 ), as some people donate their skills & labor to help the camp go off without a hitch. If you’re interested in volunteering to help out somehow, please contact the organizers of Skepchicamp. Here are the event details…
Saturday, March 6th @ 1pm-10pm
731 N. Wells Street
The Brehon Pub is an awesome venue for Skepchicamp! This River North bar is easily accessible by public transit, has a strong wifi signal, and great food and drinks. For one day, the Brehon Pub will be half-Irish, half-Chicago, and all Skepchicamp. We hope to see you there! Contact the organizers for more info!
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