SkeptiCamp

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SkeptiCamp Open Events
Founded 2007
Type Nonprofit
Focus science education, skepticism
Key people
Daniel Loxton,
Reed Esau

SkeptiCamps are smallish grassroots conferences where scientific skeptics come together and participate and present.[1] Some are operated in the style of an unconference.[2]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Fort Collins, Colorado, 2011

The SkeptiCamp concept was founded in 2007 by Reed Esau.[3] It was partially inspired by Daniel Loxton's 2007 essay on the state of the Skeptical movement, "Where Do We Go From Here?", and from attending The Amaz!ng Meeting in 2007, an annual conference that focuses on science, skepticism, and critical thinking.[4]

SkeptiCamp's can be "loosely organized",[5] the format also allows ad hoc group formation, and avoids the overhead associated with more formal content channels.[6]

Events[edit]

The first SkeptiCamp was held in August 2007 in Denver, and was organized by Reed Esau along with Rich Ludwig and Crystal Yates-White.[7] Since that first event, over one hundred other events[8] have been held in cities such as Winnipeg, Canada;[9][10] Colorado Springs;[11] Nashua, New Hampshire;[12] Chicago, Illinois;[2] and Seaside, California.[13]

Outside the United States[edit]

The first SkeptiCamp in Australia was run by the Australian Skeptics on April 30th 2011 at the University of Technology Sydney. 100 people attended the 7 hour event and discussed a broad range of topics from the conflict in the Middle East to genetically modified food and clinical trials in the United States.[14][15][16] Melbourne SkeptiCamp followed on October 22, 2011, at the University of Melbourne,[17][18] then shortly afterwards the Surf Coast Summer SkeptiCamp was launched on January 21, 2012, at the Aireys Inlet Community Hall.[18] Skepticamps are held annually in Australia at the Surf Coast,[19] Canberra,[20] and Brisbane.[21]

On October 23, 2010, four simultaneous SkeptiCamps were held in Canada, in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loxton, Daniel (November–December 2009). "The Paradoxical Future of Skepticism" (journal). The Skeptical Inquirer. 33 (6): 24–27. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Hill, Kyle (December 19, 2013). "When You Decide To Dispel The Santa Claus Myth, Make It A Teachable Moment". Scientific American. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ Stollznow, Karen (2010-12-24). "Reed Esau - SkeptiCamp: The Unconference". Point Of Inquiry. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  4. ^ Farley, Tim; Esau, Reed (2008-11-18). "This One Time at SkeptiCamp…". Skepticality. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ Plait, Phil (March 24, 2008). "Skepticamp thoughts". Slate (magazine). Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Esau, Reed. "Raising Our Game - The Rationale to Embrace SkeptiCamp" (PDF). Skeptic Magazine website. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  7. ^ Esau, Reed (November–December 2009). "Reinventing the Skeptic Conference". The Skeptical Inquirer (journal). 33 (6): 28–29. 
  8. ^ "SkeptiCamp". Lanyrd, the social conference directory. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ Vesely, Carolyn (November 30, 2010). "Says who? Members of the Winnipeg Skeptics rely on reason to separate the real meat from the baloney". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ Story, Jared (September 13, 2013). "Disbelievers, unite for SkeptiCamp in Winnipeg". Toronto Metro. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ Fagin, Barry (August 17, 2011). "Skepticamp offers opportunity to experience critical thinking". The Gazette (Colorado Springs). Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ Brooks, David (October 29, 2012). "Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ Evers, Jeannie. "Skeptics Gather in Seaside for First Local SkeptiCamp". Monterey County Herald. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Skepticamp Sydney 2011". lanyrd.com. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "First Skepticamp a Success". skeptics.com.au. Australian Skeptics. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "The skeptic Zone #133 6 May 2011" (Podcast). Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "The Skeptic Zone #158 29 October 2011" (Podcast). Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Skepticamp Australia". Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "SURFCOAST SUMMER SKEPTICAMP 2017". skeptics.com.au. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "CANBERRA SKEPTICAMP". skeptics.com.au. Retrieved 21 May 2017. ,
  21. ^ Saunders, Richard. "The Skepticzone #411 4 September 2016" (Podcast). Retrieved 21 May 2017. ,
  22. ^ Gavura, Scott (October 5, 2010). "Skepticamp: Invading the Great White North on October 23". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 

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