Rob Lehr of Hambone Productions has made a donation, on behalf of Skepticon and the atheist community, from the advertising revenue generated from the speaker videos to the Mtaani Centre, an HIV testing facility, in Nairobi, Kenya. The money donated will not only fund the entirety of the center’s expenses for a year in which more than 1,000 people will be tested, but will also assist them in buying a house to run the facility rent free. If you sat down and thoughtfully listened to Tony Pinn’s talk on the Fight Against Theism, teared up as JT...read more
I’ve just made some changes to the Skepticon Website, you can now add Skepticon.org to your home screen on all iOS devices. To do this, just visit skepticon.org on any iOS device. Then click the share button at the bottom of the screen… Then click the Add to Homescreen button Tada! Now you have dino goodness right on your...read more
Happy Friday everyone!
I am happy to announce the hotel information for Skepticon 6!
Accommodations will be at the University Plaza Hotel Center that is across from the Expo Center. You can follow this link to reserve your hotel rooms or use the code SKPT13 when you reserve online or over the phone.
We here at Skepticon HQ hope that you all have a great weekend full of skepticism and awesomeness. And donuts. Aaaaand bacon.
How exactly does Skepticon, the nation’s largest free skeptic convention, work at all when others have to charge attendees? Starting this week we are going to be running a series of weekly articles on how Skepticon works. Community Driven Every penny spent came from somebody just like yourself who visited our donation page at some point, or sent us a check or handed us the money in a dark alley in person, or we spent out of our own shallow pockets. The event itself isn’t cheap either, and sometimes surprise financial obligations...read more
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It’s been a while since we’ve chatted, Skepticonians, but rest assured that Skepticon headquarters has been busy hustling and bustling and making all kinds of cool stuff happen. I made you a list of all the things so you can see: We drew some amazing new dinosaurs! We’re filling out totally officially official 501(c)3 paperwork. Which, it turns out, takes a lot of time and pencils. Secrety type plans have begun already for next year regarding speakers and dare we say….musical acts? Comedians? Acrobats? Wizards? The...read more
What follows is a transcript and video of Julia’s talk from SK5, super special thanks to Karou Negisa for typing them up for us! Presenter: You may know our next speaker from her podcast, “Rationally Speaking” or her blog, “Measure of Doubt”, Julia Galef. [audience applause] Julia Galef: Hey, everyone. Can you hear me? [Inaudible] Can you hear me now? Audience: Yes. Galef: Great. So, my story begins…my story *will* begin…While we’re setting up, I’ll just tell a little more about myself. I am the host of the podcast “Rationally...read more
We’ve got an awesome transcript here of Jessica Ahlquist’s talk from SK5 thanks to the talented ears of Joy Westgate-Scherer. Enjoy Jessica’s talk about how she kicks all the butts! Introduction: Well, alright, our next speaker I don’t think needs any introduction, especially because I’m out of breath. Jessica Ahlquist. [audience applause/cheers] Jessica: Hi everyone! This is my first Skepticon, too. And I’m really excited to be here. I’ve always wanted to come and never got the opportunity to. And so far, I’m...read more
It’s been a really upsetting week in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, so lets enjoy a delicious morsel and cheer up a bit. Let’s take a moment to remember some of the Sandy Hook Heroes. They deserve so much more. Our book, A Very Skepticon Christmas, was released to raise money for Camp Quest and the St Louis Children’s Hospital. Critical acclaim followed. Direct review quote, “Is this for real?” Yes. Anne S over at Mad Art Lab has now introduced me the wonderful world of Serious Eats in her Afternoon Snack column....read more
Our latest and greatest children’s book has finally been released for charity, A Very Skepticon Christmas! This one is available through lulu.com, which will not only allow it to get into your hands pretty-darn fast, but also gives us a sizeable percentage of the profits after the manufacturering cost. All of the profits are being split 50/50 with Camp Quest and the St Louis Children’s Hospital. Why? Because Skepticon skepti-hearts the shorties. Later today the ebook will be available for purchase on this very page. This one will...read more