Last Fourth of July Weekend, I attended Skepchicon, which is a “track” at a “con” (where a con is a thing where everyone dresses up like Darth Vader or a Twilight character or whatever). I was on the panel for a couple of sessions and participated in others, and had a blast.
The most interesting thing that those of us involved noticed, on later reflection, is the sophistication of the audience. This is not a case of capturing the interest of a few hundred crazy woo-meisters and trying to talk them into science. Rather, the audience largely consisted of skeptical type people who wanted to advance their understanding of science and skepticism, and brainstorm about how to spread such heretical thinking more broadly.
I want to do this again, but there is a little problem with money. Here’s where you come in…
Skepchicon is organized by the Skepchicks, including some Skepchicks who fly in and others who live here. (We have a large number of Skepchicks int he Twin Cities area for some reason, or so it seems.) However there is a hiatus in funding for this program this year owing to transitions going on in the Skepchick Entity.
Therefore, fund raising is needed.
Please GO TO THIS BLOG POST and read about it, and donate a bit of money. It’s done using some bloggy widgety thing that lets you commit without giving unless the goal is met. Please commit to what you can. I know this is a tough time because the economy sucks and you already gave money to Haiti and stuff, but 20 buck here and 50 bucks there can make a difference. they only need a total of 1,500 US dollars.
And, if possible, go to the event!!!!!
Thank you very much.