Real Ghostbusters: $1,000,000 to Prove Paranormal Existence? Don’t Miss TAM2013

Abracadabra! Pic: kennymatic

JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation) has just published a promotional newsletter about the upcoming TAM2013 (The Amaz!ng Meeting) conference.

I realise I haven’t really talked too much about TAM here, and haven’t really taken much time to promote the workshop I will be leading at the conference. I strongly encourage anyone to attend you can make it, and come and sit in our Crowdsourcing Skepticism workshop, because it is going to be awesome. I promise.

Here are the six reasons JREF gives to attend:

  1. See skepticism in action (and $1 Million on the line!) with a live paranormal challenge on stage — JREF’s 2012 Live Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge last year was one of the most popular aspects of the event.
  2. Roll up your sleeves for science and skepticism. Get the training you need to Fight the Fakers with our ten hands-on education and activism skepticism workshops!
  3. Witness demonic possession and a live exorcism, provocative stand-up comedy by some of the brightest comedians working today, dumbfounding magic, mind reading and sideshow feats, and more at TAM’s popular evening shows.
  4. Hey, hey, they’re the NoGodBand – Dance the night away with your fellow heathens at Penn Jillette’s Private Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party. Be forewarned: There will be obscenity. There will be scantily-clad people. You will learn nothing. And everyone is invited. 🙂
  5. Commune with the diverse and vibrant skeptical community—come and share learning, laughs, and the scientific skeptic perspective with fellow inquirers and a host of distinguished guest speakers. You’ll be at the largest gathering of scientific skeptics in the world!
  6. TAM 2013 is actually cheaper than any other skeptic conference when hotel, travel, and meals are factored in. Hotel rates for similar conferences range from $150-200 per night, while our TAM group rates go as low as $45 a night! But the group rates end tomorrow, so book your hotel room right now with JREF’s group code AMA0707!

Personally I think you should attend just to see my workshop on rbutr, and other crowdsourced skepticism projects 😉 I was there last year, but this year promises to be just as impressive.

Workshop 2B Crowd-Sourcing Skepticism

Increasingly, people are getting their information off the internet. If we can help make that process even a little more skeptical, we might be able to break the cycle of misinformation being spread from one generation to the next. We can help save people and society as a whole, time, money and even lives. With a concerted effort, we may be able to usher in a new age of global skepticism, where all beliefs are actually formed through rational processes backed by evidence.

With tools like rbutr and @SkepticAction, and projects like Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, this workshop will show you how you can participate in making this happen. Get involved, and help us make the world a more skeptical place.

Presenters include Shane Greeup, Susan Gerbic, and Tim Farley.

I can’t wait to meet more of you in person again this year! TAM : The Amazing Meeting 2013

What are you looking forward to at TAM2013? Let us know below.

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