Respectful Insolence

One week from today in Montreal…

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Well, this looks interesting. It’s the 2010 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium at McGill University in Montreal. This year, the theme is Confronting Pseudoscience: A Call to Action. A certain “friend of the blog” will be speaking with Ben Goldacre and Michael Shermer on Monday, October 18 from 5 to 7 PM on the Threat of Pseudoscience. He’ll also be on Dr. Joe’s radio show on CJAD 800. On Tuesday, October 19, the ever-amazing Randi will speak on investigating paranormal claims.

If you happen to be in the Montreal area or can get there on October 18 and/or 19, come on over to McGill. It’ll be a rousing good skeptical time.

Comments

  1. #1 Travis
    October 11, 2010

    I am in Ottawa which is pretty close to Montreal. I will have to see if I can make it because that sounds interesting.

  2. #2 modernn
    October 11, 2010

    I will definitely be in the audience! Hope you get to visit the city too; it’s really quite nice in the fall.

  3. #3 OttawaAli
    October 11, 2010

    Damn, will be in Montreal the following weekend.. Good Luck, Montreal is a beautiful city and McGill’s campus is gorgeous!

  4. #4 weirdbuglady
    October 11, 2010

    Oh how I wish I could go! I graduated from McGill in the spring, I’m at grad school in CT now though and it’s a bit of a drive.

    My best friend is still up there, I’ll make sure she goes and tells me all about it :)

  5. #5 zackoz
    October 11, 2010

    I’ve been reading for years and I’ve at last worked out what your surname is. Don’t worry, I won’t tell.

    Wish I could be there, but it’s a bit far from civilisation (ie Australia).

  6. #6 DLC
    October 11, 2010

    I’m rather closer to the Mexican border than the Canadian one.

  7. #7 Angrymonkey
    October 11, 2010

    Every time i heare about an intersting talk on the west coast I miss it because I’m in Montreal visiting McGill. Every time i hear about an intersting talk in Montral I’m on the west coast:(

  8. #8 Jack
    October 11, 2010

    Sounds like it’ll be a great lecture! I’ll be tantalizingly close, but not close enough to go :(

    Any chance it’ll be recorded and podcasted?

  9. #9 Pablo
    October 11, 2010

    I never understand why this “friend” is always referred to in quotation marks. Do they not get along or something? Talk about cognitive dissonance.

  10. #10 Pablo B.
    October 11, 2010

    Unfortunately I’ll miss the Monday talks because I have to stay at home taking care of the toddler at that time. :-(
    But I hope I’ll be able to be there on Tuesday for Randi’s lecture and hopefully I will be able to meet your “good friend” and any of the regulars from here!

  11. #11 Orac
    October 11, 2010

    Unfortunately, my “friend” has to leave before Randi’s talk. It sucks, but he does have a day job that he has to get back to by Wednesday.

  12. #12 Radar Jeremy
    October 11, 2010

    I will be there! So happy you’re–ahem–your friend is coming to Montreal! Tell him to come visit our epi department!

    It’s CJAD 800, not 1010 by the way. And CJAD is a great way to contact a wide non-specialized audience.

  13. #13 borealys
    October 11, 2010

    Dangit, Orac. I live in Montreal. I’ve even been to Trottier Symposium talks before. But it’s too early in the evening! There’s no way I’m going to be able to make it from my job at the other end of town by 5!

    Let those of us who can’t make it know when the webcast will be up and when it’ll be airing on Canal Savoir, okay?

  14. #14 colmcq
    October 12, 2010

    I’ve heard that Montreal is the lair of Dennis Markuze. Watch out!

  15. #15 Militant Agnostic
    October 12, 2010

    Pablo @9

    I never understand why this “friend” is always referred to in quotation marks. Do they not get along or something? Talk about cognitive dissonance.

    I think it is because this “friend” often plagiarizes Orac’s posts, removes some of insolence and then puts them up on another website as his own work. This must cause a lot of animosity :)

  16. #16 Jim
    October 12, 2010

    Sounds like a great time. Thanks for the heads up, Da- I mean… Orac :)

  17. #17 Jolo5309
    October 12, 2010

    A friend of mine is going and I have asked him to rush the stage for autographs…

  18. #18 Adrian W.
    October 12, 2010

    Get this lineup to Toronto, stat!

  19. #19 Composer99
    October 12, 2010

    Would love to go. Probably have too much work to do at the house this weekend, though.

  20. #20 NP
    October 13, 2010

    Sweet….I’ll try and make it for both of them. What is your friend doing after the lecture?

  21. #21 ScienceCat
    October 14, 2010

    There’s no way I can sneak off to Montreal for this, alas. This country is just too big sometimes. My copy of “Bad Science” shall remain unautographed for the time being. Any chance of this “sense vortex” turning into a tour with some western dates? We have beer here too! (I can hope, right?)

  22. #22 jackrabbit
    October 14, 2010

    I am looking forward to seeing “a certain friend of the blog” there on Monday. Can’t wait!

  23. #23 jen
    October 17, 2010

    Gross! I guess that creepy idiot Fombonne will be there, too. Have fun with the Pro-pharma Symposium. Poor med students and researchers these days. They know what it is they have to say and do to get their grants!

  24. #24 Science Mom
    October 17, 2010

    Gross! I guess that creepy idiot Fombonne will be there, too. Have fun with the Pro-pharma Symposium. Poor med students and researchers these days. They know what it is they have to say and do to get their grants!

    I don’t do this often because there is usually something that can be addressed, but you are a flaming idiot. Poor med students and researchers getting exposure to SBM, how ghastly. Meanwhile your lot is boo-hooing about the FDA finally cracking down on OTC medical tests and chelators that are deceptively labelled.

    Take a look through the archives here, on SBM and peruse Bad Science (Ben Goldacre’s site). There are numerous pharma-critical posts. Oh wait, there is no one to spoon-feed it to you and break it down into little words, your loss.

  25. #25 Chris
    October 17, 2010

    On this week’s Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe podcast, one of the speakers listed above, Dr. Ben Goldacre, rips into pharmaceutical companies. He cites a study by some German researchers who got to see a company’s unpublished studies, and that it shows a depression medication was really not effective.

    Even though it is the spoken word, I doubt that is spoon feeding enough for jen.

  26. #26 areyoulistening
    October 17, 2010

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    Ahh, peace and quiet…

    Also, yes, video of this event is required for those of us who can’t make it to Montreal. I’d love to go, but it’s a bit expensive to get all the way across the country and my chemistry lecture/lab runs from 5:30 until 9:20 Mondays…

  27. #27 William Raillant-Clark
    October 20, 2010

    The good news is that you can access a video of this event here: http://bcooltv.mcgill.ca/Viewer1/?RecordingID=55117
    (day one)
    and here: http://bcooltv.mcgill.ca/Viewer1/?RecordingID=55297 (day two).

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    McGill University – Université McGill
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    william.raillant-clark@mcgill.ca
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