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SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009

SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009 went off wonderfully yesterday. Big thanks to Jim Lippard for doing such a wonderful organizational job. The picture above is me beginning my 20 minute gallop through the issue of academic freedom and the intelligent design movement. Shorter – and undoubtedly more coherent -  version is: Evolution is not an unchallengeable orthodoxy…

SkeptiCamp Phoenix

SkeptiCamp Phoenix beings in a few minutes. Jim Lippard has all the details and Magic Tony, one of the presenters, will be live-blogging the event, and there may also be twittering at #skepticamp. I’ll be adding bits and pieces as the spirit moves me.

Unchallengable Orthodoxies

I spent last Thursday and Friday at the Unchallengeable Orthodoxies conference hosted by the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor Law School in conjunction with the University of Cambridge. Lots of interesting discussion on academic freedom, scientific practice and suchlike. I presented a 20 minute case study on why I felt that evolution was not an unchallengeable…

Next week there is a big conference here at ASU – hosted in conjunction with University of Cambridge – examining the concept of “Unchallengeable Orthodoxy in Academia and Science.” The general purpose of the conference is: To critically examine the precept that American and British universities and the scientific communities in these countries are, and…

SkeptiCamp Phoenix

The following is shamelessly lifted from Jim Lippard’s blog: On March 28, SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009 will take place at Arizona State University in Tempe. Participants include Mike Stackpole of the Phoenix Skeptics on “Practical Techniques for Street Skepticism,” John Lynch on “Academic Freedom and Intelligent Design,” and Tony Barnhart on “Methods of the Pseudo-Psychic.” The…

SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009

Jim Lippard is organizing SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009. A SkeptiCamp is “a conference whose content is provided by attendees. Where BarCamp is focused on technology, SkeptiCamp instead focuses on topics of interest to skeptics, including science, critical thinking and skeptical inquiry.” The event is planned for February 21st and I’ve already agreed to talk on “Academic…

John Wilkins and I have been at the Edges and Boundaries of Biological Objects workshop here in Salt Lake City for the past few days. John live-blogged some of the talks, so you may want to check his posts out. Lots of interesting stuff was discussed about populations (here and here), the fossil record (here),…

Update from (A Less) Damp Exeter

It’s just after noon here in Exeter and I’m getting ready to head off to lunch. Yesterday’s session on multi-level selection was very interesting with Rick Michod (U of Arizona) giving a particularly though provoking paper on the transition to multicellularity. Today’s sessions are relatively outside my interests, but I expect to catch an afternoon…

Update from Damp Exeter

Well I made it safely to England and the ISHPSSB meeting. Yesterday evening was spent in the pleasant company of Precious Little Snowflake and others. Good fun and good beer was had by all. Today the conference proper starts and I’ll be in two sessions on Evolutionary Developmental biology (“evodevo”) and perhaps one on either…

Science Literacy and Pseudoscience

This afternoon there was a symposium on “Science Literacy and Pseudoscience” that I had intended to attend but eventually missed. According to this AP story, it was revealed there that “People in the U.S. know more about basic science today than they did two decades ago, good news that researchers say is tempered by an…