Program

Note: The following is a tentative schedule of events for planing purposes only and may be subject to change without notice.

All events will take place at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa. Specific room assignments will be available closer to the event.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13

5:00 – 9:00 pm

***Registration Open***
Beat the Thursday morning rush by stopping by the Registration Desk when you arrive at the hotel Wednesday night.

8:00 – 10:00 pm

Skeptics in the Pub – TAM Edition
Join your fellow skeptics at the South Point’s Del Mar Lounge for this unofficial TAM kick off.

THURSDAY, JULY 14

7:30 am – 9:00 pm

***Registration and Exhibit Hall Open***

9:00 – 10:45 am

Optional Workshop 1: Explaining UFOs / Making Your Own UFO (Without Photoshop!)
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

9:00 – 10:45 am

Optional Workshop 2: Defending Evolution in the Classroom and Beyond
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

11:00 – 12:45 pm

Optional Workshop 3: Investigating Monster Mysteries
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Optional Workshop 4: Oh, No. Not Again!: Recurring Themes in Medical Mythology
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

12:45 – 2:00 pm

***Lunch on own***

2:00 – 3:45 pm

Optional Workshop 5: Problems in Paranormal Investigation
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

2:00 – 3:45 pm

Optional Workshop 6: How to Effectively Create and Manage a Campaign of Grassroots Skepticism
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

4:00 – 5:45 pm

Optional Workshop 7: Skepticism in the Classroom
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

4:00 – 5:45 pm

Optional Workshop 8: Advancing Skepticism Online
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

5:45 – 7:00 pm

***Dinner on own***

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Welcome Reception
The official start of TAM. Cash bar.

9:00 – 11:00 pm

Rebecca Watson Game Show & Variety Hour
Note: Requires separate ticket

FRIDAY, JULY 15

7:30 am – 9:00 pm

***Registration and Exhibit Hall Open***

7:30 – 9:00 am

***Continental Breakfast***

8:00 – 9:00 am

Skeptics Guide to the Universe LIVE
Have breakfast with Steve, Jay, Bob, Evan and Rebecca and enjoy a live taping of the SGU podcast.

9:00 – 9:15 am

Opening Remarks
James Randi and D. J. Grothe

9:15 – 9:45 am

Michael Shermer
The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

9:45 – 10:45 am

Skepticism on TV
Panelists include Phil Plait, Michael Shermer, Joe Nickell, Adam Savage and James Randi
Moderated by Sadie Crabtree

10:45 – 11:00 am

***Coffee Break***

11:00 – 11:30 am

Eugenie Scott
Deja Vu All Over Again: Denialism of Climate Change and Evolution

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Lawrence Krauss
Richard Feynman and the Value of Science

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Project Alpha Retrospective
Jamy Ian Swiss interviews James Randi

12:45 – 2:00 pm

***Buffet Lunch***

12:45 – 2:00 pm

VIP Luncheon with James Randi, Richard Dawkins, Carol Tavris, Bill Nye and Other Speakers
Enjoy an intimate catered luncheon with TAM luminaries.
Requires separate ticket (Note: This special meal is not included with The TAM Experience Package)

12:45 – 2:00 pm

***Book Signing Table Open (Schedule TBA)***

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Jennifer Michael Hecht
The Philosophy of Skepticism and How We Show That Some Things Are, Actually, “UnTrue”: Notes on Homeopathy, Agnosticism, Sex, Drugs, and Science

2:30 – 3:00 pm

PZ Myers
A Skeptical Look at Aliens

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Pamela Gay
Title TBA

3:30 – 3:45 pm

***Coffee Break***

3:45 – 4:45 pm

Our Future in Space
Panelists include Neil deGrasse TysonBill NyePamela Gay, and Lawrence Krauss
Moderated by Phil Plait

4:45 – 5:45 pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Keynote Address

5:45 – 6:00 pm

Closing Announcements

6:00 – 9:00 pm

***Dinner on own***

6:00 – 9:00 pm

***Book Signing Table Open (Schedule TBA)***

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Skeptics Guide to the Universe Dinner
Join Steven Novella, and Jay, Bob, Evan and Rebecca for this dinner. A portion of the proceeds go to support the show.
Requires separate ticket (Note: This special meal is not included with The TAM Experience Package)

9:00pm  – 11:00 pm

Paul Provenza presents ¡SATIRISTAS! — Live in Concert
Note: Requires separate ticket

11:00pm  – ?

Penn Jillette’s Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party
Note: This event is neither paid for nor sponsored by the JREF.

A message from Penn about his party: http://nogodband.com/

SATURDAY, JULY 16

7:30 am – 9:00 pm

***Registration and Exhibit Hall Open***

7:30 – 9:00 am

***Continental Breakfast***

8:00 – 9:00 am

Ethics of Paranormal Investigation
Panelists include Joe NickellKaren StollznowBen RadfordJames Randi and Banachek
Moderated by Julia Galef

9:00 – 9:30 am

Sadie Crabtree
Title TBA

9:30 – 10:30 am

Getting Things Done (For Science and Skepticism)
Panelists include Elyse Anders, Richard Saunders, Jennifer McCreight, Justin Trottier and Maria Walters
Moderated by Amy Davis Roth

10:30 – 10:45 am

***Coffee Break***

10:45 – 11:45 am

Placebo Medicine: The Ethics and Mechanisms of the Mysterious Placebo
Panelists include David Gorski, Harriet Hall, Kimball Atwood, Mark Crislip, Rachael Dunlop, and Ginger Campbell
Moderated by Steven Novella

11:45 – 12:15 pm

Elizabeth Loftus
Manufacturing Memories

12:15 – 12:45 pm

Richard Wiseman
Paranormality

12:45 – 2:30 pm

***Buffet Lunch***

12:45 – 2:30 pm

***Book Signing Table Open (Schedule TBA)***

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Skeptics Guide to the Universe LIVE
Steve, Jay, Bob, Evan and Rebecca are back for a a live taping of the SGU podcast.

3:30 – 3:45 pm

***Coffee Break***

3:45 – 4:15 pm

Carol Tavris
Title TBA

4:15 – 4:45 pm

Bill Nye
Title TBA

4:45 – 5:45 pm

Richard Dawkins
Title TBA

5:45 – 6:00 pm

Closing Announcements

6:00 – 9:00 pm

***Dinner on own***

6:00 – 9:00 pm

***Book Signing Table Open (Schedule TBA)***

9:00 – 11:00 pm

Max Maven’s Thinking in Person: An Evening of Knowing and Not Knowing
Note: Requires separate ticket

SUNDAY, JULY 17

7:30 am – 7:00 pm

***Exhibit Hall Open***

7:30 – 9:00 am

***Continental Breakfast***

8:00 – 10:00 am

Papers
In the tradition that began with the first Amazing Meeting nine years ago, the JREF invites select participants to share their skeptical work and accomplishments in short form presentations.
Approximately six presentations will be given on Sunday.

10:00 – 10:30 am

Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions
Susana Martinez Conde and Stephan Macknik

10:30 – 11:00 am

Sara E Mayhew
Secular Storytelling

11:00 – 11:15 am

***Coffee Break***

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Communicating Skepticism
Panelists include PZ Myers, Eugenie Scott, Carol Tavris, and Jamy Ian Swiss
Moderated by Sadie Crabtree

12:15 – 12:45 pm

Desiree Schell
Title TBA

12:45 – 1:15 pm

Steven Novella
Mental Illness Denial: It’s Not Just Scientologists

1:15 – 2:15 pm

***Lunch on own***

1:15 – 2:15 pm

***Book Signing Table Set Up (Schedule to be Announced)***

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Diversity in Skepticism
Panelists include Greta ChristinaD. J. GrotheDebbie GoddardJamila Bey and Hemant Mehta
Moderated by Desiree Schell

3:15 – 3:45 pm

Jennifer Ouellette
The Universe Through the Looking Glass

3:45 – 4:15 pm

Sean Faircloth
Attack of the Theocrats — and What We Can Do About It.

4:15 – 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks
James Randi and D. J. Grothe

4:30 – 6:15 pm

Optional Workshop 9  –  Raising Skeptics
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

4:30 – 6:15 pm

Optional Workshop 10  –   Spirituality for Skeptics
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

6:15 – 7:30 pm

***Dinner on own***

6:15 – 7:30 pm

***Book Signing Table Set Up (Schedule to be Announced)***

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Live Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge Event