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Skeptrack at Dragon*Con 2011

Tuesday I returned home from my third┬áDragon*Con, “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!” I’m not a big fan of crowds, so I probably would not choose to attend such an event without getting something significant out of it. In this case, I certainly do. For those new to the community (and this blog), Skepticism is well-represented at Dragon*Con thanks to Derek Colanduno and Robynn (Swoopy) McCarthy of Skepticality. Derek is the director for Skeptrack, the skeptic fan track at Dragon*Con, with the help of Swoopy (who directs the podcasting track) and a number of awesome staff. The track began as a few talks/panels on the Science Track and grew quickly, claiming […]

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and don’t assume that you are the audience.

"Raising Skeptical Geeks" audience filing in. There are some known skeptics in the front row, but this room is packed with 1,000 people. They do not all call themselves "skeptics".

As you know, early this month I had the privilege of participating in a number of events at Dragon*Con, a large sci-fi fantasy convention held in Atlanta every year. In this, my second year presenting on both Skeptrack and the Science Track, my presence was not without personal sacrifice. I arranged alternative lessons for my classes, traveled across the country at my own expense, and worked nearly non-stop during the convention. I had little time to attend events as just an audience member or wander around looking at costumes. I was not unhappy about that at all, since my reason for being there was to promote and teach critical thinking, scientific thought, and skepticism. I left feeling quite satisfied that I had accomplished just that. Until I […]

Dragon*Con 2010

Official programming begins Friday morning. If you can’t make it to Atlanta, presentations on Skeptrack will be live-streamed on the Skeptrack website. You can also watch it on Ustream. The Skeptrack site includes a schedule in Eastern time. If you are attending, I highly recommend this guide to digital content by Tim Farley.

Reaching Out and Geeking Out


Dragon*Con is now just over three weeks away and the schedule is as solid as these things get, so I’m giving you the highlights as promised. I will be one BUSY Skeptic! [Edit: By the way, Dragon*Con will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 3rd through 6th.] For those who have not heard of it, Dragon*Con an enormous SciFi/Fantasy convention held in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend. Skeptrack, the skeptic fan track, is the brainchild of Derek Colonduno and Robynn McCarthy (A.K.A., “Swoopy”), hosts of Skepticality. As usual, they work their butts off and many skepticism activists do their best to make that work count by participating in talks and panels designed to spread the critical thinking bug to geeks everywhere. Dragon*Con is very different from […]