I’m fed up. There have been 5.5 Amaz!ng Meetings with James Randi, and I haven’t gone to a single one…yet. That’s finally going to change, though, as I’ve been invited to speak at TAM6, in Las Vegas, on 19-22 June. Who else is going? Maybe a few of you will think about marking your calendars and making the pilgrimage for the first time this summer, so that I’m not the only TAM virgin there?

I haven’t quite settled on what I’ll be talking about, just yet, although I have a few ideas. Maybe Phil and I should have a joint session in which we publicly play the dozens? He did just get back from TAM 5.5, so there is a little seething jealousy that needs an outlet.


  1. #1 Alric
    January 30, 2008

    TAM 5.5 was wonderful. Finally got to meet Randi and thank him for his work. I specially enjoyed the talks by Mark Roberts, 911 conspiracy theory debunker, and Robert Lancaster. The latter is particularly heroic as he debunks the claims of psychics that prey on families with missing children. This is me with Randi acting like a bumbling 10 year old..

  2. #2 Brownian, OM
    January 30, 2008

    If you speak on the 20th, I’ll do my best to make it down as I would consider that a very nice birthday present for me.

  3. #3 Blake Stacey
    January 30, 2008

    Hey, waitaminnit. . . PZ says that he’s got a face and voice made for blogging, and then he turns around and announces he’s going to speak to a live audience? Flip-flopper! What sort of professor does he think he is?

    Unless his “talk” will actually be some guy with a laptop plugged into a projector, opening a Pharyngula post in his web browser and hitting “Refresh” over and over again as the comment thread unspools.

  4. #4 JoshH
    January 30, 2008

    This may be a dumb question but is there an admission fee? I’m a Vegas resident and have known about this for a while but there still aren’t any details on the JREF site. My wife and I will more than likely attend.

    This will give me a reason to go down to the Strip again. With acts like Toni Braxton, Bette Midler and Carrot Top as popular acts, I tend to avoid the place (okay, we have Penn & Teller too but that’s it!).

  5. #5 Tressa
    January 30, 2008

    I’ll be there and it will be my first TAM as well.

  6. #6 H. Humbert
    January 30, 2008

    I’ve been suggesting you as a speaker on the Suggestion Forms for the last couple years now — said you’d be particularly good on Creationism and Intelligent Design. Perhaps you and Phil could do something together on religious attacks on science, from your own perspectives. Or give some of the highlights on how Scienceblog and sciencebloggers have dealt with pseudoscience.

    Good, but that’s just what everyone is expecting PZ to do. I think he should stun everyone by performing a screaming karate demonstration on a cardboard cutout of Chuck Norris. PZ should also yell out the word “science!” after landing each blow, then bow and walk off the stage. Everyone would want to pose for photos with PZ after something like that.

  7. #7 gerald spezio
    January 31, 2008

    I love James Randi and all that he stands for as much as anybody.

    But at this critical time of global heating and anthropogenic CO2 production, we should consider NOT FLYING to Las Vegas no matter how titillating the party.

    As scientists, we must consider the disastrous consequences our carbon footprint.

  8. #8 Sexy Celebrities
    November 18, 2008