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Tallahassee Skepticamp 2014. What is a skepticamp? It is an informal, community-organized conferences born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. Everyone participates, gives talks, and gets to know each other. In a nutshell, SkeptiCamp is BarCamp adapted to the domain of scientific skepticism. (Thanks to Atlanta Skeptics for this useful description!)

When and where?Edit

Tallahassee Skepticamp is coming Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Midtown Pass (1019 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida 32303) from 1 pm to 5 pm.


Schedule of TalksEdit

The day's presentations will be divided into three sessions consisting of two talks that share similar thematic content. Presentations will range between 15 and 25 mins, with a 5 minute interval between each talk for questions and discussion.

Session 1 (Jehanzeb Chaudhry session chair)

1:00 - 1:05 - Introduction to Tallahassee SkeptiCamp.

1:05 - 1:25 - Fire flies or lightning bugs depending on what you call them

  • Presenter: Danielle Wolaver
  • Description: Basic biology and what’s with the blinking lights.

1:25 - 1:55 - MagLab in units of kEG

  • Presenter: Jonathan Billings
  • Description: A brief overview of the National High Magnetic Laboratory with more detailed look at the 45T Hybrid magnet, using units of measure appropriate to the setting.

1:55 - 2:10 - Break for food, discussion, and socializing

Session 2 (Rob Mulcahey session chair)

2:10 - 2:30 - It's really not a very well formulated question, is it? Chaos theory and the free will debate.

  • Presenter: Thomas Meacham
  • Description: The argument to end this seemingly endless debate, Starting with a little background in Chaos Theory (properly called non-linear dynamics) and in fifteen minuets you will know more or less what a strange attractor is, exactly what the Butterfly Effect is and why both free will and predestiny are just plain goofy concepts.

2:30 - 3:00 - The mess in your head: the strange story of how cells communicate in your brain.

  • Presenter: Christopher L. Robison
  • Description: Neuroscience research in the past decade has uncovered a slew of ways in which the brain communicates beyond the model you learned in high school biology. This talk will discuss several atypical methods of molecular communication between cells and what this means for how we model the brain and its functions.

3:00 - 3:15 - Break for food, discussion, and socializing

Session 3 (Chris Robison session chair)

3:15 - 3:45 - Science Fiction or Science Fact?

  • Presenter: Doug Dandridge
  • Description: With so much information overload today, it is difficult to parse out the truth of many statements we see on the news, social media and such. And many people believe everything they see and read, as long as it fits their preconceived notions. What's a thinking mind to do?

3:45 - 4:15 - Islam, Science and some Postmodernism

  • Presenter: Jehanzeb H. Chaudhry
  • Description: A brief history of science in the Islamic world, followed by discussion of Islamic science and a brief discussion of its link to postmodernism. 

4:15 - 5:00 - Drinks and Socializing

Attendees: Please RSVP here to confirm your spot Edit

Skepticamp is free to attend, but please support the venue by buying their food and drinks (they have a nice selection of beer) and tipping them generously.

  1. Jehanzeb H. Chaudhry
  2. Chris Robson
  3. Hannah Hiester
  4. Troy Spencer
  5. Adrienne Ruhl
  6. Jaye
  7. Alan Dixon
  8. Erik David
  9. Christine Reilly
  10. Dennis Reilly
  11. Tony Garcia
  12. Stephanie Moody-Geiser
  13. Robert Mulcahey
  14. Larry Kinser
  15. Nick Altnunion
  16. Brandi Brashchler
  17. Thomas Meacham
  18. Austion Aycock
  19. Derric Ikoelsch
  20. Hans werner van Wyk
  21. Galadriel Walter
  22. Will Tucker
  23. Doug Dandridge
  24. Danielle Wolaver
  25. Shawn Furman
  26. Molly McCarthy


To be decided!



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