This annual gathering of critical thinkers is an unparalleled opportunity to make like-minded friends, enjoy some of the brightest minds on issues important to skeptics, and leave with tools for spreading a helpful and educational message to those who might be hurt by charlatans and unfounded belief.


The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) is organized by The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Over the last 15 TAMs, this event has become the leading conference in the world focused on scientific skepticism. Well over 1,000 people from around the world come to TAM each year to share learning, laughs, and the skeptical perspective with their friends and a host of distinguished guest speakers, panelists, workshop presenters, and entertainers.

“More of a brain show than a trade show.” — Los Angeles Times

“At this gathering of the nerdiest of the nerdy, it’s hard not to run into the likes of Michael Shermer, the charismatic publisher of Skeptic magazine, or such scientific celebrities as Michael E. Mann, the embattled climatologist famous for his hockey-stick graph of Earth’s rising temperature. ‘You read their books, and then there they are in person!’ one astonished attendee tells his partner.” — Pacific Standard

“This was only my third TAM, but each time, I’m just astounded by the new perspective with which I’m able to view my world. I can’t begin to thank the JREF enough for presenting me with such an opportunity.” — TAM 2013 attendee

TAM 2014 will offer four full days of skeptical programing running from early morning until after midnight most nights, including:

  • Conference sessions featuring dozens of talks, a number of panel discussions, and special afternoon and evening keynote presentations.
  • Ten skeptic workshops offering hands-on activist and educational training.
  • Three advance theatrical screenings of AN HONEST LIAR, offering an exclusive pre-release look at the documentary about the life of James Randi following the movie’s debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and other film festivals.
  • Paul Provenza’s annual night of unflinching comedy, ¡SATIRISTAS LIVE!, featuring some of the brightest skeptical stars in comedy today.
  • The acclaimed DARK STORIES magic and spiritualism show, a night of spooky and strange starring two of the world’s most offbeat magicians, Eugene Burger and Michael Carbonaro.
  • Penn Jillette’s private ROCK & ROLL, DOUGHNUT AND BACON PARTY, one of the highlights during TAM each year.
  • A live on-stage test of an applicant for the JREF’s Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.
  • The SKEPTICS’ POKER TOURNAMENT, featuring VIPs from the worlds of science and skepticism.
  • A special dinner, game show, and auction starring The Skeptics’ Guide to The Universe, benefiting JREF’s K-12 educational programs.
  • Exclusive, intimate luncheons with Randi and other TAM luminaries.
  • Dozens of author signings with speakers from the TAM 2014 stage.
  • A packed exhibit hall featuring TAM sponsors, partners, and rationalist organizations highlighting their services and products of interest to the growing skeptic community.
  • And over a thousand like-minded folks celebrating critical thinking and scientific skepticism!

The following preliminary schedule is for planning purposes and is subject to change. Blue events are included with Basic Registration, while Orange events require separate tickets. All events take place at The South Point Hotel & Casino.

Thursday, July 10 | Day 1

9AM – 5PM

6:30PM – 8:30PM
Welcome Reception

8PM – 11PM
An Honest Liar Screenings

Friday, July 11 | Day 2

9AM – 6PM
Conference Sessions

9PM – 10:30PM
¡Satiristas Live!

11PM – 1AM
Bacon & Doughnut Party

Saturday, July 12 | Day 3

8AM – 6PM
Conference Sessions

9PM – 10:30PM
Dark Stories

11PM – 1AM
Poker Tournament

Sunday, July 13 | Day 4

8AM – 4PM
Conference Sessions

4:30PM – 6PM

7PM – 9PM
Million Dollar Challenge

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James Randi // Host

James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. Randi has pursued “psychic” spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water “with a memory,” and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes in the name of the supernatural. He is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural.

George Hrab // Emcee

George Hrab has gained international notoriety in the skeptic community with his award-winning weekly show The Geologic Podcast. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and heliocentrist, Hrab has written and produced six independent CDs; performed for President Clinton; shared the stage with Elton John, Bernie Worrell, and many others; and has traveled across the country both as a drummer for the nationally recognized Philadelphia Funk Authority and as defacto President for Life of The Geologic Orchestra.

Daniel Dennett // Keynote

Daniel Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, and the author of 16 books including Consciousness Explained, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Breaking the Spell and most recently, Intuition Pumps and other Tools for Thinking. He is perhaps best known in cognitive science for his multiple drafts (or “fame in the brain”) model of human consciousness and is considered to be among the most influential philosophers of our day. Professor Dennett has published more than 300 scholarly articles and was awarded the prestigious Erasmus Prize in 2012 for his contributions to society.

Mariette DiChristina // Keynote

Mariette DiChristina is Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American magazine, it’s website, sister publication Scientific American Mind and all newsstand special editions. Under her leadership, the magazine received a 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Her work also helped garner the magazine a prestigious Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award in 2001. A past president of the National Association of Science Writers, she is a former Science Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has lectured widely including at Yale University and New York University among many others. She was named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.

Elizabeth Loftus // Keynote

Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine, where she holds positions in the Psychology, Criminology, Social Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences Departments, as well as the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. One of the most influential psychological researchers of the 20th century, she is best known for her ground-breaking work on the misinformation effect and eyewitness memory and the creation and nature of false memories. Professor Loftus is the author of 24 books and over 500 journal articles and has received countless awards including the 2003 Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2010 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bill Nye // Keynote

Bill Nye currently serves as director of The Planetary Society and is one of America’s leading popularizers of the scientific outlook. As a student at Cornell University, he was introduced to the wonders of astronomy in a class taught by Carl Sagan himself. Nye later served as Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 professor at Cornell University. Nye has received honorary doctorates from John Hopkins University and Williamette University as well as a Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. As a scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, he hosted Bill Nye the Science Guy, which earned 28 Emmys during its six-year run, The Eyes of Nye, and The 100 Greatest Discoveries. He has made numerous appearances on shows such as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Good Morning America. He was even a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Nye has authored several books for children, including Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs and Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Consider the Following: A Way Cool Set of Science Questions, Answer, and Ideas to Ponder.

Michael Shermer // Keynote

Michael Shermer is the Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic Magazine and Founder of The Skeptics Society. He is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University and host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech. A monthly columnist for Scientific American magazine, Dr. Shermer’s writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, and many other publications. He has appeared on such television shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline NBC, and Charlie Rose, and has also been interviewed for countless science and history documentaries on PBS, A&E, the Discovery Channel, HISTORY, the Science Channel, and TLC. Dr. Shermer is author of over 10 books including Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters and most recently, The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.

Ginger Campbell

Ginger Campbell, M.D., is a practicing physician and host of the highly-regarded Brain Science Podcast, where she explores recent discoveries from the world of neuroscience. She is also host of the Books and Ideas podcast, where she interviews scientists and scholars from a wide variety of other fields. For her work in the public interest, Dr. Campbell has been recognized as one of 40 Engineers Making a Difference by the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the author of Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty.

Patricia Churchland

Patricia Churchland is Professor of Philosophy (emerita) at the University of California, San Diego, and an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Research. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Professor Churchland focuses on the interface between traditional philosophical questions and new developments in neuroscience and genetics. She is Chair of the Executive Board of the Institute for Neural Computation as well as on the Board of Advisors of the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience. Professor Churchland also received the 2011 Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award from the University of California. Her writing has appeared in The New Scientist, American Scientist, Scientific American, and countless academic journals including Science and Nature. Her many books include Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain, Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy, Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality and most recently, Touching A Nerve: The Self As Brain.

Julia Galef

Julia Galef is President and Co-Founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision making. She also serves on the board of directors of the New York City Skeptics, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting critical thinking and science education, and co-hosts their official podcast, Rationally Speaking along with Massimo Piggliuci. Galef has written for Scientific American, Religion Dispatches, Rationally Speaking, as well as her own Measure of Doubt blog and has been featured in Forbes among other publications.

Karl Kruszelnicki

Karl Kruszelnicki is a science journalist and popular Australian media personality. He is Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the The Science Foundation for Physics at The University of Sydney. As “Dr. Karl” he writes a weekly column for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald newspapers on scientific “mythconceptions”. His radio work includes weekly science shows on ABC stations as well as on the BBC. His television appearances include hosting the popular Australian science series Quantum, and as a science reporter for Good Morning Australia, the Today Show, and other Australian news programs, and the popular Sleek Geeks television series. He is author of 34 books including Great Moments In Science, Great Mythconceptions, It Ain’t Necessarily So…’Bro’, and Never Mind The BULLocks…Here’s the Science.

Robert Kurzban

Robert Kurzban is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Founder of the Pennsylvania Laboratory for Experimental Evolutionary Psychology. His research focuses on evolutionary approaches to understanding human social behavior including processes such as those involved with cooperative decision making, punishment, morality, close relationships, and mate choice. Professor Kurzban received the inaugural Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in 2008. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Evolution and Human Behavior, the official journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Professor Kurzban is author of Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind.

Scott Lilienfeld

Scott Lilienfeld is Professor of Psychology at Emory University. A contributor to Scientific American Mind and Psychology Today, his principal areas of research are personality disorders, psychiatric classification and diagnosis, evidence-based practices in psychology, and the challenges posed by pseudoscience to clinical psychology. Professor Scott received the 1998 David Shakow Award for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology, is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and is a past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. He is a co-author of several books including Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology, Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology and most recently, Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience with Dr. Sally Satel.

Daniel Loxton

Daniel is the Editor of Junior Skeptic, the kids’ science section bound within Skeptic magazine. He writes, illustrates, and blogs on behalf of the Skeptics Society. His books for children and adults include Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (co-authored with Donald Prothero), Plesiosaur Peril, and the national award-winning Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be.

Steven Novella

Steve Novella, M.D., is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Novella is a medical advisor to Quackwatch, an associate editor of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, and the executive editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog, and Senior Fellow to the James Randi Educational Foundation. He is the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society where he writes the Neurologica blog and is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. He is the author of two courses by The Teaching Company, including Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills.

Paul Offit

Paul A. Offit, M.D., is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a recipient of many awards including Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Offit has published more than 140 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is the author of five books including Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure; Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All; and and Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.

Donald Prothero

Donald Prothero taught college geology and paleontology for 35 years, at Caltech, Columbia, Occidental, Knox, Vassar, Glendale, Mt. San Antonio, and Pierce Colleges. He is the author of over 35 books and over 300 scientific papers, mostly on the evolution of fossil mammals (especially rhinos, camels, and horses) and on using the earth’s magnetic field changes to date fossil-bearing strata. He served as President of Pacific Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) in 2012, and served for five years as Program Chair of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. In 1991, he received the Charles Schuchert Award for outstanding paleontologist under the age of 40. In 2013, he received the James Shea Award of the National Association of Geology Teachers for outstanding writing and editing the geosciences. He has been featured on numerous TV documentaries, including Paleoworld, Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, Prehistoric Monsters Revealed, Monsterquest, Prehistoric Predators: Entelodon and Hyaenodon, Conspiracy Road Trip: Creationism, as well as Jeopardy! and Win Ben Stein’s Money.

Sally Satel

Sally Satel, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist and Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute where her work focuses on mental health policy as well as political trends in medicine. Formerly an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University, Dr. Satel remains a lecturer there. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and has testified before Congress on veterans’ issues, mental health policy, drug courts, and health disparities. Dr. Satel has written widely in academic journals on topics in psychiatry and medicine, and has published articles on cultural aspects of medicine and science in The New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications. Her books include PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine, One Nation Under Therapy coauthored with Christina Hoff Sommers and most recently Brainwashed – The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience with Scott Lilienfeld.

Eugenie Scott

Eugenie Scott is chair or the National Center for Science Education’s Advisory Council and served as Executive Director of NCSE from 1987 to 2014. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years and has received national recognition for her activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups, and humanist groups. She holds nine honorary degrees, from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Colorado College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Chapman University. Dr. Scott is the author of Evolution vs Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.

Karen Stollznow

Karen Stollznow is an author, paranormal investigator and Research Fellow of The James Randi Educational Foundation. A linguist with a background in history and anthropology, Dr. Stollznow specializes in a variety of topics including language myths, paranormal folklore, fringe religious practices and other superstitions. Formerly the Editor of The Skeptic magazine (Australia), she now writes the regular Bad Language column for Skeptic Magazine (US) and has also written for Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind, Skeptical Inquirer, Australasian Science, and other publications. She is a popular media personality having hosted both the MonsterTalk and Point of Inquiry podcasts. Dr. Stollznow is the author of several books including Haunting America, God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States and most recently, Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic.

Jamy Ian Swiss

Jamy Ian Swiss is a magician and Senior Fellow at The James Randi Educational Foundation. He has appeared internationally for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of books including The Art of Magic, and two collections of essays, the most recent is Devious Standards. His U.S. television appearances include CBS’ 48 Hours, PBS’ Nova, The Today Show, and repeat appearances on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Carol Tavris

Carol Tavris is a social psychologist and author whose work focuses on critical thinking and the criticism of pseudoscience in psychology, among other topics. Her articles, book reviews and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Times Literary Supplement, among other publications. Many of these essays and reviews are available in Psychobabble and Biobunk: Using psychological science to think critically about popular psychology. Dr. Tavris is coauthor, with Elliot Aronson, of Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts–a book that has become something of a bible, dare we say, of the skeptical movement. She is also the author of the bestselling classics Anger: The misunderstood emotion and The Mismeasure of Woman, and coauthor of two leading introductory psychology textbooks. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, she has lectured to a wide diversity of audiences around the world.

More speakers to be announced.


Jon Armstrong

Jon Armstrong has performed for some of the world’s most prestigious audiences in over 30 countries worldwide, he has been featured on A&E, USA Network, Fox Television, and ABC’s Bachelorette. He has been the subject of stories in The New York Times, LA Magazine, and Harper’s, and has been named Close-up Magician of the Year by The Academy of Magical Arts. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Magical Arts, the youngest person ever to be elected to this prestigious group.


Banachek is the world’s leading mental­ist, performing over 200 college shows a year. He is well known for “Project Alpha” in which he fooled Washington University scientists into believing in his psychic powers, before revealing he had hoaxed them. As a tribute to his expert perform­ing abilities he has been awarded the coveted Psychic Entertainers Creativity award for his outstanding original contributions and inven­tions in the world of Mental Entertainment and the College Entertainer of The Year for two years in a row. He has been featured on such television programs as Mindfreak, CNN Live, and Nightline’s Beyond Belief. Banachek is also the director of the James Randi Educational Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge.

Evan Bernstein

Evan Bernstein is a co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and The Skeptics Guide 5×5 podcasts. He serves as the Connecticut chapter chairman of the New England Skeptical Society (NESS) and is a technical adviser for official NESS investigations. Evan has presented to private corporations and educational seminars on skeptical topics including; the direct harms of pseudoscience, woo in the martial arts, and the truth behind paranormal investigations. He has been an active participant in the modern skeptical movement since 1996.

Jamila Bey

Jamila Bey is a journalist and comedian living in Washington, DC. She’s been a writer for hire for the better part of the last decade and is devoted to spreading the gospel of logic, reason, and science to all those who may hear. Bey has investigated and reported for Bob Edwards, Cokie Roberts, Michel Martin, and Juan Williams, and she is currently writing a book about atheism and American popular culture.

Bob Blaskiewicz

Bob Blaskiewicz is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where he specializes in extraordinary claims (especially conspiracy theories), among other topic. He co-edits the blog Skeptical Humanities, edits a series about skepticism in education for, and appears on the weekly live web show The Virtual Skeptics.

Peter Boghossian

Peter Boghossian is a philosophy professor at Portland State University. His main focus is bringing the tools of professional philosophers to people in a wide variety of contexts. Boghossian has a teaching pedigree spanning more than 20 years and 30 thousand students–in prisons, hospitals, public and private schools, seminaries, colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies and small businesses. His fundamental objective is to teach people how to think through what often seem to be intractable problems. His work has been noted on The Huffington Post, The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason’s website, and other media outlets; he was an invited guest on the Lars Larson Show, interviewed for the cover story of The Mercury.

Edward Clint

Edward Clint co-created the Skeptic Ink Network with John Loftus which offers a diverse cast of professionals providing skeptical commentary on paranormal claims, science, and many other topics. He writes about evolutionary psychology, critical thinking, and more at his blog Incredulous. Clint is a bioanthropology graduate student at UCLA studying evolutionary psychology and evolutionary medicine. He is also an ex-foxhole atheist who protested religious discrimination in the Air Force and later presided over the secular student group named best in the nation in 2011 by the Secular Student Alliance.

Kernan Coleman

Kernan Coleman is the creative director at Ranch7 Creative in Santa Rosa, California. He is still somewhat stunned that he gets to work on an almost daily basis with many of his heroes of science and skepticism through his work with SkeptiCal and the James Randi Educational Foundation.

Chip Denman

Chip Denman serves on the JREF board of directors and is the statistician who advises on the JREF’s Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge. At the University of Maryland he created and taught the course “Science & Pseudoscience” in which ESP, astrology, and other extraordinary claims provide a context for understanding the way science is supposed to work. Prior to joining the university, he was a mathematical statistician at the National Institutes of Health. He co-founded the National Capital Area Skeptics in 1987, a national education nonprofit promoting critical thinking and scientific understanding. Since then, he has been active as an author, public speaker, media contact, graphic designer, and in his day job as an IT professional.

Barbara Drescher

Barbara Drescher is the James Randi Educational Foundation’s educational programs consultant. She previously taught cognitive psychology and quantitative research methods, primarily at California State University, Northridge, for a decade. She has developed award-winning material and text for teaching science and critical thinking. As a National Science Foundation Fellow and Phi Kappa Phi Scholar, Barbara studied visual attention, perception, learning, and reasoning. She contributes analysis and opinion for the The Odds Must Be Crazy segment of Skepticality, a collection of fun stories about coincidences and a featured segment on the popular podcast. At ICBSEverywhere and elsewhere, she evaluates claims and research, discusses education, and promotes science and skepticism.

Susan Gerbic

Susan Gerbic began the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project in 2011, and the it now has 80 volunteers editing in 17 languages. The Guerilla Skeptics are responsible for purging unsubstantiated claims and fraudulent “sources” from wiki pages on such topics as homeopathy and psychics which get tens to hundreds of thousands of hits a month. Gerbic is a co-founder of the Monterey County Skeptics, a steering member of the Independent Investigations Group which investigates claims of the paranormal, and an avid photographer.

David Gorski

David Gorski, M.D., is an academic surgeon at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he specializes in breast cancer surgery and serves as the Medical Director of the Alexander J. Walt Comprehensive Breast Center at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. When not actively engaged in breast cancer research or taking care of patients, he is also the managing editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog and, working with Steve Novella, does his best to educate readers about what constitutes science- and evidence-based medicine and to combat the infiltration of pseudoscience into medicine, not to mention that he is responsible for a very popular skeptical blog written under a pseudonym that is not too difficult to find.

Miranda Celeste Hale

Miranda Celeste Hale is an English professor, freelance writer, and blogger whose research interests include the intersection of skepticism and rhetoric/composition pedagogy, public understanding of and engagement with the humanities, and the relationship between clear and precise writing and the effective dissemination of knowledge. She writes about a variety of topics related to language, rhetoric, education, atheism, skepticism, the Catholic Church, and the negative effects of childhood religious indoctrination. She writes for The James Randi Educational Foundation’s blog, and her work has also appeared in the textbook Opposing Viewpoints: Church and State.

Harriet Hall

Harriet Hall, M.D., aka “The SkepDoc,” is a retired family physician and former Air Force flight surgeon who writes prolifically about science, critical thinking, alternative medicine, and quackery. She is a CSI fellow, a contributing editor to both Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer magazines, an editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog, an adviser to the Quackwatch website, a founding fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine, and is on the editorial review board of the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. She is a co-author of the textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions, and many of her essays appear in volumes of the Science-Based Medicine ebook series published by The James Randi Educational Foundation.

Ray Hall

Ray Hall is a professor of physics at California State University, Fresno and is a Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation. During his 16 years working on the D-Zero detector at Fermilab, he was part of the research team that discovered the fundamental particle known as the top quark. He has taught college level courses on critical thinking for more than 10 years, and given presentations promoting critical thinking and science to groups and institutions including the California Science Teachers Association, the Air Force Academy, Stanford University, CSU Sonoma, CSU Pomona, K2B International, and the Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles.

Kyle Hill

Kyle Hill is a fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation. A graduate student in science communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his research is focused on how personal motivations and website characteristics affect the use of critical thinking. He curates the website Science-Based Life, which features daily tidbits of science from around the web, science facts of the day, and dissections of popular science. Hill is also a frequent contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Scientific American, and Nature Education.

Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill is a geologist and policy specialist. She has a Masters degree in education, specializing in Science and the Public, and runs the popular critical thinking newsblog, Doubtful News. She writes on topics relating to the paranormal, pseudoscience, cryptozoology, anomalous natural phenomena, and skepticism and has contributed to Skeptical Inquirer and Skeptical Briefs. She is a regular panelist on the Virtual Skeptics web show and writes the Sounds Sciencey column for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). She educates on the role and function of skepticism itself, most recently by creating the Media Guide to Skepticism resource. Hill also has been a speaker at various science-related and science-fiction-related conferences, including Balticon, NECSS, and Dragon*Con.

Krystyn Lambert

Krystyn Lambert is one of the most recognized young women in the world of professional magic, thanks to national television appearances, international performance schedule, and critical acclaim within the magic community. Lambert was featured in the award-winning documentary, Make Believe, now available on Netflix, and the Magic Castle and Academy of Magical Arts recently named her “a magical ambassador throughout the world.”

Daniel Loxton

Daniel is the Editor of Junior Skeptic, the kids’ science section bound within Skeptic magazine. He writes, illustrates, and blogs on behalf of the Skeptics Society. His books for children and adults include Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (co-authored with Donald Prothero), Plesiosaur Peril, and the national award-winning Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be.

Sara E. Mayhew

Sara E. Mayhew is a writer and illustrator that the prestigious Applied Arts magazine called “young blood commanding our attention”. The world renowned TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conference accepted Sara into their TED Fellowship program, a class of young world-changers on the cutting edge of their fields, for her work to promote science education through manga. In 2010, Nokia featured her in their Responsiveness campaign video on communicating the values of science literacy through art. The Ontario Arts Council awarded her a grant of $10,000 from their Northern Arts program for her series, Legend of the Ztarr, featured on the March/April 2012 issue cover of Skeptical Inquirer.

Bob Novella

Bob Novella is a co-founder and Vice-President of the New England Skeptical Society. He co-hosts The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast and blogs for The Rogues Gallery. He has also written numerous articles that are widely published in skeptical literature. Bob’s scientific interests lie in the extremes, from the gargantuan to the infinitesimal: astronomy and cosmology to particle physics and quantum mechanics. He is especially fascinated by the human capacity for self-deception and anticipated future technologies such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and human augmentation.

Jay Novella

Jay has been a skeptical activist for 15 years who serves as a co-host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe. Jay also is a regular contributor to The Rogues Gallery, a popular science and skepticism blog.

Richard Saunders

Richard Saunders is the producer and host of The Skeptic Zone podcast and can be seen on national TV in Australia as the Skeptical Judge on The One, a reality television program that tested the powers of psychics. Richard is also a Vice President of Australian Skeptics in NSW. In 2009 Richard exposed the trickery behind the PowerBalance wrist band fad. In his free time he is part of the Mystery Investigators, a critical thinking show for schools. Richard is also an origami expert and author of 30 books for children. He often travels to the USA to speak at conventions and meetings. He also founded Sydney Skeptics in the Pub in 2003.

Eddie Tabash

Eddie Tabash is a Los Angeles area constitutional lawyer. An atheist and a proponent of the Establishment Clause, Tabash has debated several Christian apologists, including Richard Swinburne, William Lane Craig, Matt Slick and Greg Bahnsen. Tabash is a member of the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Inquiry, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. He has written amicus briefs for both the U.S. Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court, arguing for the separation of church and state.

James Underdown

James Underdown has been Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles since 1999. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Independent Investigations Group, a team of inquirers who look into paranormal, pseudo-scientific, and extraordinary claims. He is also the creator of the Steve Allen Theater at CFI-L.A. Jim has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including Hannity and Colmes, Penn and Teller’s Bullshit, History’s Mysteries, Proof Positive, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He is a regular Skeptical Sunday guest on the SETI Institute’s Are We Alone? radio show/podcast. His many pre-CFI endeavors include writing and directing short films (A Day in the Life of Frank Sinatra, The Test, Dear Father), and directing his stage play, Party of 13, a secular re-telling of the Last Supper. Jim also toured midwest comedy clubs as the Poet Laureate of Calumet City, IL.

More presenters to be announced.



These hand-on educational workshops and activist training sessions are separately ticketed events held before and after the main conference sessions. Attendees may register for workshops separately or purchase an All Workshop Pass.

Note: An All Workshop Pass entitles you to enter any of the ten workshops, but because workshops run in concurrent tracks, you will not be able to attend each one.

Thursday, July 10

Workshop 1A
Workshop 1B
Workshop 2A
Workshop 2B
Workshop 3A
Workshop 3B
Workshop 4A
Workshop 4B

Sunday, July 13

Workshop 5A
Workshop 5B

Detailed workshop information to be announced.



TAM evening events are among the most talked-about and memorable aspects of TAM. We offer skeptical and science-themed comedy, magic, and other top-notch entertainment every night of the program. This year, our evening events will include:

Thursday, July 10
8:00 PM
8:20 PM
8:40 PM
AN HONEST LIAR – PRIVATE FILM SCREENING (THREE SHOWTIMES)SHOWSRenowned magician James “The Amazing” Randi has been wowing audiences with his jaw-dropping illusions, escapes, and sleight of hand for over 50 years. When Randi began seeing his cherished art form co-opted by all manner of con artists—from faith healers and fortune-tellers to psychics and gurus—he made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses.

With An Honest Liar, filmmakers Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom chronicle Randi’s best debunkings, including his rivalry with nemesis and famed spoon-bender Uri Geller, with the help of interviewees including Penn Jillette, Bill Nye, and “Mythbuster” Adam Savage. In telling Randi’s strange, funny, and fascinating life story, they ultimately show us how we are all vulnerable to deception—even, in a surprising twist, “The Amazing” Randi himself.

This is an exclusive and very special chance to see An Honest Liar months before its theatrical release. Q&A with Randi and the filmmakers will follow each screening.

Ticket holders will also receive an exclusive, special edition Honest Liar souvenir.

Friday, July 11
9:00 PM
¡SATIRISTAS LIVE!Paul Provenza, the celebrated comic and social critic, presents a cadre of provocateurs and proud comic voices targeting hypocrisy, media distortion and the institutionalized ignorance infecting America. These skeptical comedians are distinguished by the savage bite of their wit, virtuosic command of irony and finely tuned bullshit detectors. Celebrating the spirit of the book of the same name, ¡SATIRISTAS LIVE! will chew the fat of traditional credulity and leave you wanting more.

Friday, July 11
11:00 PM
PENN JILLETTE’S PRIVATE ROCK & ROLL, DOUGHNUT AND BACON PARTYBe forewarned —This really is Penn’s private party. He’s paying for everything and JREF has nothing to do with it. This party will be whatever Penn wants; it’s not a JREF event.

there will be stupid rock and roll
there will be obscenity
there will be scantily clad people
there will be 1200 Krispy Kreme doughnuts and tons of bacon
you will learn nothing

Everyone at TAM is invited, and it is free to attend. There is a suggested donation to the JREF at the door of $20.00 or more.

Note: This event is neither paid for nor sponsored by the JREF.

Saturday, July 12
9:00 PM
DARK STORIESA collection of stories that lurk playfully in the shadows. Starring Michael Carbonaro and Eugene Burger.Two of the most offbeat magicians working today join forces to create an evening both fun and strange that you won’t soon forget!

Eugene Burger is an award-winning magician who has written several best-selling books that have made him a living legend in the world of theatrical mystery, as well as a sought-after speaker for international groups including Fortune 500 companies. Chicago magazine hailed him as “Chicago’s best magician.”

Michael Carbonaro has an extensive background in both acting and conjuring, with a host of television and movie roles. He is best known for his recurring “Magic Clerk” features on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Most recently, he has starred in his own TV series that will soon debut on the Tru-TV network.

Individually, each can produce wonders. Together… Well, you’ll just have to find out yourself!



These fundraising luncheons and dinner are separately ticketed meals that are offered in addition to the regular conference meals included with Basic Registration.

Friday, July 11
1:00 PM
Intimate VIP Luncheon With James Randi and Other TAM SpeakersDon’t miss the opportunity to have an private catered luncheon with James Randi and other selected TAM luminaries. As a fundraiser for the JREF, we are offering an exclusive luncheon limited to 20 people on both Friday and Saturday.Seating is extremely limited.

Friday, July 11
6:30 PM
Special Fundraising Dinner Featuring The Skeptics Guide to the UniverseJoin Dr. Steven Novella, and Jay, Bob, and Evan for this fundraiser dinner, also featuring a live gameshow and auction, proceeds of which benefit the JREF and support the development and distribution of “JREF in the Classroom” resources.Great people, great food, great drinks and great fun. It’s the perfect night for friendship and support for a good cause!



We are back this year in the fantastic South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. This 2500+ room resort on Vegas’s growing South Strip offers a wide array of amenities. Along with the expected casino, pools, restaurants and lounges, South Point also houses a premium movie theater, bowling and even an equestrian center. Located a few miles south of the Strip, this hotel has all the convenience of Vegas without the hassle, and for folks driving from California, you arrive before the traffic gets heavy on the strip!

South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
Phone: (866) 791-7626

Group discount code: AMA2014


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