Program

The following preliminary schedule is subject to change without notice. A final schedule will be printed at the conference.

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 11

1:00 – 9:00 pm

REGISTRATION DESK AND TAM STORE OPEN
Location: South Point Conference Center
Beat the Thursday morning rush by stopping by the TAM Registration Desk when you arrive at the hotel Wednesday.

9:00 – 11:00 pm

DRINKING SKEPTICALLY
Location: Del Mar Lounge
Join your fellow skeptics at the South Point’s Del Mar Lounge for this unofficial TAM kick off. Please note: This is an open event in a public area of the hotel and is not an official part of TAM.

THURSDAY, JULY 12

7:30 am – 9:00 pm

REGISTRATION DESK, TAM STORE, AND EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
Location: South Point Conference Center 

9:00 – 10:45 am

WORKSHOP 1A – Science & Skepticism 101
Location: Sonoma A/B
Presenter: Kyle Hill
If you are new to the movement, attending your first TAM, or are a veteran needing to brush up on the basics, you will leave the workshop knowing the ins and outs of modern scientific skepticism.
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.

9:00 – 10:45 am

WORKSHOP 1B – From Witch-burning to God-men: Supporting Skepticism Around the World
Location: Sonoma C/D
Presenters: Leo Igw and Brian Thompson
Belief in pseudoscience and the paranormal can cause harm all over the world. In this workshop, you will learn how you can help promote evidence-based thinking from a distance.
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.

11:00 – 12:45 pm

WORKSHOP 2A – Dr. Google
Location: Sonoma A/B
Presenters: Steven Novella, David Gorski, Harriet Hall, and Rachael Dunlop
How to find reliable health information online and elsewhere, and skeptically evaluate the information you find.
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.

11:00 am – 12:45 pm 

WORKSHOP 2B – Promoting Skepticism at the Local Level.
Location: Sonoma C/D
Presenter: Brian Thompson
At the Amazing Meeting, skeptics from all over the world gather to recharge their skeptical batteries, but what to do with that enthusiasm when you return home? How do you start a skeptical group in your area, and what can you do to help foster critical thinking in your community? Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.

12:45 – 2:00 pm 

BREAK FOR LUNCH ON OWN

2:00 – 3:45 pm 

WORKSHOP 3A – Astronomy for Skeptics: Investigating “Lights” in the Sky
Location: Sonoma A/B
Presenter James McGaha uses his years of experience as a USAF pilot and astronomer to teach you how to determine what those mysterious lights in the sky really are.
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.

2:00 – 3:45 pm 

WORKSHOP 3B – The Future of Skepticism Online: Crowd-Sourced Activism
Location: Sonoma C/D
Presenters: Tim Farley and Derek Colanduno
Skeptic blogs and podcasts are plentiful and excellent, but often end up “preaching to the choir” of the already skeptical. Are there ways to use other online tools to reach out to the general public?  This workshop will explore the use of skeptic crowdsourcing to accomplish that.
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.

4:00 – 5:45 pm 

WORKSHOP 4A – Investigative Methods for the Skeptic
Location: Sonoma A/B
Presenters: Presenters: Ben Radford, Karen Stollznow, Bryan Bonner, Matthew Baxter, Blake Smith, Carrie Poppy, and Ross Blocher
Join a panel of seasoned paranormal investigators as they teach you the best methods for examining extraordinary claims.
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.

4:00 – 5:45 pm 

WORKSHOP 4B – Coalition Building for the Skeptical Activist
Location: Sonoma C/D
Presenters: Sharon Hill, Chris Stedman, Kitty Mervine, Dave Silverman, and David Niose 
Skepticism can be a uniting force among groups with differing politics, social philosophies, and mission statements. How can these groups use skepticism to overcome their differences and work together to promote a common cause?
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.

5:45 – 7:00 pm

BREAK FOR DINNER ON OWN

7:00 – 9:00 pm 

WELCOME RECEPTION
Location: Grand Ballroom A
The official start of TAM. Cash bar.

9:00 – 11:00 pm 

EVENING SHOW – Wait, Wait, Don’t Fool Me
Location: Grand Ballroom B
Join host Brian Thompson, Jamy Ian Swiss, George Hrab, Carrie Poppy, and Blake Smith as they compete to see who knows the most about current events, pop culture, and terrible puns. With a special appearance by Bigfoot. Cash bar.
Requires separate ticket.

11:30 pm – ? 

TAM LATE NIGHT – “Play Dead” Film Screening
Location: Grand Ballroom B
The “wild, wicked” (New York Times) Off-Broadway hit, written by Teller and Todd Robbins, starring Robbins and directed by Teller is now a “mind-blowing” (New York Magazine) performance film. Watch a sophisticated New York audience turned into giggling, screaming adolescents by a magical adult spook show written by and for skeptics. A Q&A with Teller follows.

 FRIDAY, JULY 13

7:30 am – 9:00 pm 

REGISTRATION DESK, TAM STORE, AND EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
Location: South Point Conference Center 

7:30 am – 9:00 pm 

FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA TREATMENT CENTER
Location: Newport
Stop by to cure whatever superstitions ail you!

7:30 – 9:00 am

INCLUDED MEAL – Continental Breakfast
Location: Grand Ballroom 

8:00 – 9:00 am

PANEL – Skeptics Guide to the Universe LIVE
Location: Grand Ballroom
Have breakfast with Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, and Evan Bernstein and enjoy a live taping of the SGU podcast.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

HUG ME! I’M VACCINATED! CLINIC
Location: Balboa 

9:00 – 9:30 am

OPENING REMARKS
Location: Grand Ballroom
George Hrab, James Randi, and D. J. Grothe

9:30 – 10:00 am

TALK – Michael Shermer
Location: Grand Ballroom

The Moral Arc of Science and the Social Singularity: How Science Has Bent the Arc of the Moral Universe Toward Truth, Justice, Freedom, & Prosperity

10:00 – 10:30 am

TALK – Eugenie Scott
Location: Grand Ballroom
The Future of the Creationism and Evolution Controversy

10:30 – 10:45 am

COFFEE BREAK
Location: Grand Ballroom

10:30 – 10:45 am

IN MEMORIAM
Location: Grand Ballroom 

10:45 – 11:45 am

PANEL – Skepticism about the Future: Techno-optimism vs. Reality?
Location: Grand Ballroom 
Panelists include Michael Vassar, Michael Shermer, Steven Novella, and Stephen Macknik.
Moderated by Julia Galef

11:45 – 12:15 pm

TALK – Jennifer Michael Hecht
Location: Grand Ballroom 

Future of Skepticism: New Adventures in Critical Thinking

12:15 – 12:45 pm

TALK – Karen Stollznow
Location: Grand Ballroom 
Talking to Tomorrow – Prediction and Language

12:45 – 2:00 pm

INCLUDED MEAL – Buffet Lunch
Location: Sonoma/Napa 

12:45 – 2:00 pm

FUNDRAISING MEAL – VIP Speaker Luncheon
Location: Monterey Bay

Enjoy an intimate catered luncheon with James Randi and other TAM luminaries.

Requires separate ticket (Note: This special meal is not included with The TAM Experience Package).

12:45 – 1:45 pm

PODCAST RECORDING - Penn’s Sunday School

Location: Grand Ballroom

12:45 – 2:00 pm

A SKEPTIC’S GUIDE TO POKER
Location: Poker Room
Free poker clinic by skeptic and Reality TV Star Joshie Berger

1:00 – 1:30 pm

BOOK SIGNING TABLE OPEN

Location: TAM Store

Ben Radford, Sara E. Mayhew, Jamy Ian Swiss, Deirdre Barrett, Susana Martinez-Conde

1:30 – 2:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING TABLE OPEN
Location: TAM Store

Eugenie Scott and Jennifer Michael Hecht

2:00 – 2:45 pm

INTERVIEW - James Randi in conversation with Jamy Ian Swiss
Location: Grand Ballroom 

2:45 – 3:45 pm

PANEL – The Future of Skepticism
Location: Grand Ballroom
Panelists include Jamy Ian Swiss, Tim Farley, Reed Esau, and Barbara Drescher.
Moderated by D.J. Grothe

3:45 – 4:00 pm

COFFEE BREAK
Location: Grand Ballroom 

4:00 – 4:30 pm

TALK – Stuart Firestein
Location: Grand Ballroom
The Values of Science: Ignorance, Uncertainty, Doubt

4:30 – 5:00 pm

TALK – Bruce Hood
Location: Grand Ballroom
The Self Illusion – How Your Brain Creates You

5:00 – 6:00 pm

FRIDAY KEYNOTE – Carol Tavris
Location: Grand Ballroom
A Skeptical Look at Pseudoneuroscience

6:00 – 9:00 pm

BREAK FOR DINNER ON OWN

6:00 – 6:30 pm

BOOK SIGNING TABLE OPEN
Location: TAM Store
Stuart Firestein, Bruce Hood, and Carol Tavris

6:00 – 9:00 pm

FUNDRAISING MEAL – Skeptics Guide to the Universe Dinner
Location: Napa
Join Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, and Evan Bernstein 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).

9:00 pm  – 11:00 pm

EVENING SHOW – Paul Provenza presents ¡SATIRISTAS! — Live in Concert
Location: Grand Ballroom
A cadre of provocateurs and proud comic voices targeting hypocrisy, media distortion and the institutionalized ignorance infecting America. Featuring Doug Stanhope, Kira Soltanovich, Gary Stockdale, and Eric Schwartz.
Requires separate ticket.

11:00 pm  – ?

TAM LATE NIGHT – Penn Jillette’s Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party 2: Bring the Stupid
Location: Sonoma
Be forewarned: This really is Penn’s private party. He’s paying for everything and JREF has nothing to do with it. Everyone at TAM is invited, and there is a suggested twenty dollar donation to attend, with proceeds going to the JREF.
Note: This event is neither paid for nor sponsored by the JREF and is not an official TAM event.

SATURDAY, JULY 14

7:30 am – 9:00 pm

REGISTRATION DESK, TAM STORE, AND EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
Location: South Point Conference Center 

7:30 – 9:00 am

INCLUDED MEAL – Continental Breakfast
Location: Grand Ballroom 

8:00 – 8:30 am

TALK – Ben Radford
Location: Grand Ballroom
Doomsdays and 2012 Mayan Prophecy

8:30 – 9:00 am

TALK – Sara E. Mayhew
Location: Grand Ballroom
A Life of Art and Skepticism

9:00 – 10:00 am

PANEL – Skepticism and the Humanities
Location: Grand Ballroom
Panelists include Amy Davis Roth, Miranda Celeste Hale, Robert Blaskiewicz, Eve Siebert, and Hai-Ting Chinn
Moderated by Brian Thompson

10:00 – 10:30 am

TALK – Jamy Ian Swiss
Location: Grand Ballroom
Overlapping Magisteria

10:30 – 10:45 am

COFFEE BREAK
Location: Grand Ballroom

10:30 – 10:45 am

IN MEMORIAM
Location: Grand Ballroom 

10:45 – 11:15 am

TALK – Deirdre Barrett
Location: Grand Ballroom
Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose

11:15 – 11:45 am

TALK – Steven Novella
Location: Grand Ballroom
Your Deceptive Mind

11:45 – 12:15 pm

TALK – Pamela Gay
Location: Grand Ballroom
Make the World Better (Ask if Anyone Minds Later)

12:15 – 12:45 pm

TALK – Susana Martinez-Conde
Location: Grand Ballroom
Faithful Resemblances

12:45 – 2:00 pm

INCLUDED MEAL – Buffet Lunch
Location: Sonoma/Napa 

12:45 – 1:45 pm PODCAST RECORDING - 

Penn’s Sunday School

Location: Grand Ballroom

12:45 – 2:00 pm

A SKEPTIC’S GUIDE TO POKER
Location: Poker Room
Free poker clinic by skeptic and Reality TV Star Joshie Berger

1:00 – 1:30 pm

BOOK SIGNING TABLE OPEN
Location: TAM Store

Ben Radford, Sara E. Mayhew, Jamy Ian Swiss

1:30 – 2:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING TABLE OPEN
Location: TAM Store

Deirdre Barrett, Susana Martinez-Conde, Stephen Macknik

2:00 – 3:00 pm

PANEL – Skeptics Guide to the Universe LIVE
Location: Grand Ballroom
Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, and Evan Bernstein are back for a a live taping of the SGU podcast.

3:00 – 3:30 pm

TALK – Sean Carroll
Location: Grand Ballroom
From Particles to People: The Laws of Physics and the Meaning of Life

3:30 – 3:45 pm

COFFEE BREAK
Location: Grand Ballroom 

3:45 – 4:15 pm

TALK – Elisabeth Cornwell
Location: Grand Ballroom
Social Networks: Civilizing the Future

4:15 – 5:15 pm

TALK – Lawrence Krauss
Location: Grand Ballroom
The Future, and Nothing

5:15 – 6:15 pm

SATURDAY KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Penn & Teller
Location: Grand Ballroom
38 Years of Magic & BS

6:15 – 9:00 pm

BREAK FOR DINNER ON OWN

6:15 – 6:45 pm

BOOK SIGNING TABLE OPEN
Location: TAM Store
Sean Carroll, Lawrence Krauss, Penn & Teller

9:00 – 11:00 pm

EVENING SHOW: A Carlin Home Companion
Location: Grand Ballroom
Deftly weaving her amusing yet poignant family stories with classic video footage of her father’s career and family memorabilia, Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions and pulls back the curtain on their life together off stage. Join us for this unexpected, loving and revealing look at the man who constantly redefined himself in order to redefined 20th century comedy. Requires separate ticket.

11:00 pm – ?

TAM LATE NIGHT: Skeptics’ Poker Tournament
Location: Poker Room
Don’t miss this opportunity to compete against Jamy Ian Swiss, George Hrab, Steven Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein and other notable skeptics!  Every round you survive seats you at another skeptic’s table. This special TAM event includes private cocktail servers and an open bar for the duration of the tournament. Requires tournament buy-in.

SUNDAY, JULY 15

7:30 am – 7:30 pm

TAM STORE AND EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
Location: South Point Conference Center

7:30 – 9:00 am

INCLUDED MEAL – Continental Breakfast
Location: Grand Ballroom 

8:00 – 10:00 am

PAPERS – Curated by Dr. Ray Hall
Location: Grand Ballroom
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. Six presentations will be given on Sunday.

Quackery no longer just refers to ducks:  The growing prevalence of CAM in veterinary medicine – Martha Keller

Scientific Deception: The Billy Meier Metal Samples – Ivan Alvarado

How to avoid getting sued for Libel – Dave Gamble

SLAPP writs, Barbara Streisand and the Skeptical Movement – Eran Segev

The (F)utility of Post-Conviction Polygraph – Jeffrey Rosky

Assessing Intelligent Design from a Communications Perspective – Christine Shellska

10:00 – 11:00 am

PANEL – The Truth About Alternative Medicine
Location: Grand Ballroom
Panelists include Harriet Hall, David Gorski, and Rachel Dunlop
Moderated by Steve Novella

11:00 – 11:15 am

COFFEE BREAK
Location: Grand Ballroom 

11:15 – 11:45 am

TALK – Carrie Poppy
Location: Grand Ballroom
If You Were Me: Using In-Group Language to Reach Out

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

TALK – Brian Dunning
Location: Grand Ballroom
Your Brain Sucks

12:00 – 1:30 pm

LIVE SHOW - Penn’s Sunday School

Location: Sonoma A/B

12:15 – 12:45 pm

TALK – Lyz Liddell
Location: Grand Ballroom
Unstoppable Secular Students

12:45 – 1:45 pm

BREAK FOR LUNCH ON OWN

1:15 – 1:45 pm

BOOK SIGNING TABLE OPEN
Location: TAM Store
James Randi, Christopher diCarlo, and Sean Faircloth

1:45 – 2:15 pm

TALK – Christopher diCarlo
Location: Grand Ballroom

How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass

2:15 – 2:45 pm

TALK – Tim Farley
Location: Grand Ballroom
You Are the Future of Skepticism on the Internet

2:45 – 3:45 pm

PANEL – How Not To Be a Paranormal Investigator
Location: Grand Ballroom
Panelists include Karen Stollznow, Ben Radford, James Randi, and Banachek
Moderated by Carrie Poppy

3:45 – 4:15 pm

TALK – Sean Faircloth
Location: Grand Ballroom
Beware the Religio-Industrial Complex

4:15 – 4:30 pm

CLOSING REMARKS
Location: Grand Ballroom
James Randi and D. J. Grothe

4:30 – 7:15 pm

WORKSHOP 5A – How to Tell the Future
Location: Sonoma A/B
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

4:30 – 6:15 pm

WORKSHOP 5B – Promoting Skepticism in Classroom Settings
Location: Sonoma B/C
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass

6:15 – 7:30 pm

BREAK FOR DINNER ON OWN

7:30 – 9:00 pm

SPECIAL EVENT – Live Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge Event
Location: Grand Ballroom