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This annual gathering of critical thinkers is an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy some of the brightest minds on issues important to skeptical advocates, make like-minded friends, and leave with tools to help spread an educational message to your own community about unfounded, and possibly dangerous, beliefs.

The Amaz!ng Meeting 2015

July 16-19, 2015

The Tropicana Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS NOW CLOSED FOR THE AMAZ!NG MEETING 2015.  REGISTRATION PACKAGES & TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE DOOR. 

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Overview

The Amazing Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of advocates for science-based skepticism consisting of four days of compelling and informative talks and demonstrations. TAM is produced by the James Randi Educational Foundation and features the renowned author and advocate for critical thinking James Randi.

TAM 2015 will offer four full days of skeptical programing running from early morning until late night most nights, including:

  • A CELEBRATION OF JAMES RANDI’s long and productive career.
  • CONFERENCE SESSIONS featuring dozens of talks, panel discussions, and afternoon and evening keynote presentations.
  • WORKSHOPS & PANELS offering hands-on training and take-home ideas.
  • A live on-stage test of an applicant for the JREF™’s MILLION DOLLAR PARANORMAL CHALLENGE.
  • A special gathering starring The Skeptics’ Guide to The Universe™, benefiting JREF.
  • Exclusive, INTIMATE LUNCHEONS with Randi and other TAM luminaries.
  • AUTHOR SIGNINGS with speakers from the TAM 2015 stage.
  • An EXHIBIT HALL featuring TAM sponsors, partners, and rationalist organizations highlighting their services and products of interest to the skeptic community.
  • And HUNDREDS of LIKE-MINDED FOLKS from all over the world celebrating science and critical thinking!

 

Schedule

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 Tropicana Las Vegas.

Thursday, July 16 | Day 1

AM – PM
Workshops

Evening
Welcome Reception

Late Evening
The Nigerian Spam Scam Scam Performance

Friday, July 17 | Day 2

AM
Conference Sessions

Noon
Luncheon with Special Guest James Randi, to Benefit JREF

PM
Special Conference Sessions Paying Tribute to James Randi and Martin Gardner

Evening
SGU Benefit Dinner

Late Evening
Screening of “Merchants of Doubt” followed by a discussion with Director and Producer Robert Kenner, and Jamy Ian Swiss

Saturday, July 18 | Day 3

AM
Conference Sessions

PM
Conference Sessions

Evening
The Amaz!ng Celebration – a cocktail reception and tribute to James Randi

Late Evening
Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity

Sunday, July 19 | Day 4

AM
Sunday Paper Presentations & Conference Sessions

PM
Workshops

Evening
Million Dollar Challenge

Many TAM participants arrive an extra day ahead and meet for DRINKING SKEPTICALLY on Wednesday evening. Details to follow.

 

Evening Programs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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The Nigerian Spam Scam Scam
9:00-10:00pm

“The Nigerian Spam Scam Scam” is a two person “multi-media” comedy lasting just under one hour.

Featuring: Dean Cameron & Victor Isaac

While waiting to say his 4 lines each week on the ill-fated 2003 NBC Drama Mister Sterling, Dean Cameron received email from a Nigerian con-artist posing as the wife and son of a dead Nigerian leader. After writing back as a sexually confused Florida millionaire, whose only companions being his cats, houseboy and personal attorney Perry Mason, Dean embarked upon a 9-month correspondence with the con-man. With Victor Isaac as the bewildered and tenacious Nigerian, the duologue, taken from the actual email, documents the hilarious relationship as it descends into a miasma of misunderstanding, desperation, and deception.

Tickets are $25/each. Conference registration is not required to attend!

 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Skeptics Guide to the Universe Benefit Dinner
6:00-9:00pm

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Featuring the award-winning Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast for a two-hour stage show celebrating science, skepticism, and everything geeky (including the ever-popular quiz show). Best of all, tickets are open to the general public; conference registration is not required to attend!

Tickets are $95/each. Conference registration is not required to attend!

Featuring: Dr. Steven Novella, Robert Novella, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Film Screening: Merchants of Doubt
following by a panel discussion with Director/Producer, Robert Kenner and Jamy Ian Swiss
9:30pm-12:00am

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Featuring: Robert Kenner & Jamy Ian Swiss

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Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Admission is free for conference registrants.

 

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Amaz!ng Celebration
a cocktail reception and tribute to the Amaz!ng James Randi
7:00pm-9:00pm

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Join us as we pay tribute to our James Randi, one of the foremost thought leaders in the skeptic movement and founder of The Amaz!ng Meeting. This special reception will honor Randi and his amazing legacy with guest appearances by special friends and colleagues and remarks from Randi himself. Non-conference attendees are welcomed to attend. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar are included.

Tickets are $75/each. Conference registration is not required to attend!

 

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity
10:00-11:00pm

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The UK science comedy phenomenon explodes onto stage in Las Vegas – for one night only!

Don’t miss stand-up mathematician MATT PARKER, experiments maestro STEVE ‘DANGER’ MOULD and geek songstress HELEN ARNEY in “The nerd show to end all nerd shows” **** (The List)

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This “Resplendently geeky trio” (The Times) have already wowed sold-out theatres, comedy clubs and science festival across the UK with their unique mix of real science and irreverent British humour. In a show that electrocutes pickles (for science), sings cryonic love songs to Walt Disney and does things with spreadsheets that are illegal in 17 countries, you’re guaranteed an hour of high class entertainment for nerds and non-nerds alike.

“Great, funny, clever… even the heckles at this terrific show are smart” **** (The Scotsman)

Whether you loved or loathed your high school science class, Festival of the Spoken Nerd will feed your brain, tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. Full Frontal Nerdity guaranteed!

More at festivalofthespokennerd.com
twitter: @FOTSN | youtube: /FOTSN

Tickets are $25/each. Conference registration is not required to attend!

 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Live Million Dollar Challenge
7:00-9:00pm

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The James Randi Educational Foundation will pay US$1,000,000 (One Million US Dollars) to any person who demonstrates any psychic, supernatural, or paranormal ability under satisfactory observation. Join us as this year’s challenger is tested LIVE ON STAGE! Over a thousand people have applied to take the challenge, but none have yet been successful. Is 2015 the year where someone claims the prize?! Join us to find out!

Admission is free for conference registrants.

 

Speakers

Check back as more speakers are being added to the line-up daily!

James Alcock
Professor of Psychology, York University (Canada)
James E. Alcock has been a Professor of Psychology at York University (Canada) since 1973. Alcock is a noted critic of parapsychology and is a Fellow and Member of the Executive Council for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Skeptical Inquirer, and a frequent contributor to the magazine. He has also been a columnist for Humanist Perspectives Magazine. In 1999, a panel of skeptics named him among the two dozen most outstanding skeptics of the 20th century. In May 2004, CSICOP awarded Alcock CSI's highest honor, the In Praise of Reason Award. Alcock is also an amateur magician and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians .
Helen Arney
Festival of the Spoken Nerd
Thinking that she’d left her geek past behind after graduating in Physics from Imperial College, Helen proved herself wrong when she turned to writing quirky stand-up and song inspired by science. Since touring the UK in “Uncaged Monkeys” with Robin Ince and Brian Cox, she’s popped up on BBC 2 Coast, Channel 4, Radio 3, 4, 5Live and 6Music, Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience on Comedy Central, and at the Edinburgh Fringe with her award-winning solo show “Voice of an Angle”. Helen also presents science on Discovery Channel’s “You Have Been Warned” and has filled several notebooks with rhymes for Uranus.
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Dr. Jim Baggott
Professor, author and award-winning science writer
Jim Baggott is an award-winning science writer. He trained as a scientist, completing studies at the Universities of Oxford and Stanford, California, and teaching at the University of Reading before leaving to gain experience in the commercial world. His books have been highly acclaimed and include Farewell to Reality: How Fairy-tale Physics Betrays the Search for Scientific Truth, published in 2013. His next book, titled Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.
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Dr. Deborah Berebichez
Principal Data Scientist, Thoughtworks
Deborah Berebichez is a physicist, TV host and science advocate. She appears on Discovery, The Science Channel, National Geographic and the Travel Channel. Her work has been featured on Oprah, MSNBC, Dr. Oz, CNN, TED, DLD, WIRED, WSJ and numerous international media outlets. She speaks five languages and is the first Mexican-born woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford. She also completed two National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowships in applied math and physics at Columbia University and NYU. Currently she is a Principal Data Scientist at Thoughtworks in New York.
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Evan Bernstein
Skeptics Guide to the Universe
Evan Bernstein is a co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and The Skeptics Guide 5×5 podcasts. He also serves as the Connecticut chapter chairman of the New England Skeptical Society. Evan is a technical adviser for official NESS investigations, and is the SGU’s audio engineer for live remote events. He has been published as part of The Skeptical Blog Anthology book (The Young Australian Skeptics), and he has appeared as a guest on several skeptic-themed podcasts. Traveling the world with his co-hosts, Evan has given live presentations to private corporations and at educational seminars on topics including; the direct harms of pseudoscience, woo in the martial arts, and the truth behind paranormal investigations. Evan earned his BA in Communications from Central Connecticut State University, and by day, owns and manages his financial services corporation. He has been an active participant in the modern skeptical movement since 1996.
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Dean Cameron
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Dean Cameron is an actor/writer/musician/director who lives in Los Angeles, California with his film editor wife, Jessie, and their young son, Duncan, who enjoys making up names for robots.
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Timothy Caulfield
Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta
Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He has been the Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta since 1993 and is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He writes frequently for the popular press on a range of health and science policy issues and his most recent book is Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (2015).
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Derek Colanduno
Host, Skepticality: The Official Audio Program Of Skeptic Magazine
Derek, grew up in Las Vegas. That explains just about everything. Too close to Area 51 and nothing he could do about it. Raised by his New Jersey parents to question the world around him, Derek has been seeking truth in every day things, for as long as he can remember. In his day job, Derek works for an Environmental Engineering firm as an IT Consultant. Derek is the Director of Skeptrack, a programming track devoted to skepticism at Dragon Con (the world’s largest culture convention) which is held in Atlanta, Georgia every Labor Day weekend. (http://www.skeptrack.org) And, he also is the co-creator, host, and producer for the official audio program and podcast for Skeptic Magazine and the Skeptics Society, Skepticality. Which is now over a decade old. (http://www.skepticality.com)
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Dr. Robin Elisabeth Cornwell
Research Scientist
Robin Elisabeth Cornwell, PhD, is a research scientist currently investigating the effects and possible treatments for traumatic brain injuries. Her previous research and publications include cognitive development and decline, the effects of hormones on behavior, and human sexuality. She is currently on the boards for the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Policy Institute.
Yvette d'Entremont
SciBabe
Yvette d'Entremont is your SciBabe. She’s always looked at the alternative medicine and pseudoscience movements with a skeptical eye. When Vani Hari, a.k.a. the Food Babe, took a swipe at her Pumpkin Spice Lattes? It was a call to arms. You just don’t mess with a native Bostonian’s PSL.www.SciBabe.com was launched on Facebook and Yvette has been surprised and happy with the site’s early success. The formula of busting pseudoscience with a combination of real science and humor is pure Yvette (and her trusty sidekick, Science Dog).Yvette holds a B.A. in theatre, a B.S. in chemistry, and an MSc in forensic science with a concentration in biological criminalistics. She currently runs SciBabe full time and resides in Southern California.
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Brian Deer
Investigative Reporter, The Sunday Times
Brian Deer joined the staff of The Sunday Times of London in 1983, with him holding posts including reporter, social affairs correspondent and US reporter, based in San Francisco and Atlanta. His long-form investigations for the paper and its magazine have won numerous honors, including two British Press Awards, the highest distinction for a UK journalist.Deer’s landmark investigation of claims linking the MMR children’s vaccine with autism led to the retraction of the original research and the de-licensing of the doctor responsible on grounds of dishonesty and fraud. Reports on this subject by Deer in the British Medical Journal were backed by the journal’s editors, who dubbed the foundation of the vaccine scare to be “an elaborate fraud”, triggering firestorm media coverage in the United States.
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Chip Denman
Statistician, Million Dollar Challenge; Board Member, JREF
Chip is the statistician behind the Million Dolllar Challenge and has been a JREF Board member since 2008. Chip is a co-founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics and serves on their executive committee. At the University of Maryland, Chip Denman is a Director in the Division of Information Technology and former Senior Lecturer in the Honors Program, where he created the course “Science & Pseudoscience” in which ESP, astrology and other extraordinary claims provide a context for understanding the way the scientific method is supposed to work.
Grace Denman
Co-Founder, National Capital Area Skeptics
Grace Denman has been a leader in the arena of skeptical activism since co-founding the National Capital Area Skeptics in 1987. She has had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors since its inception and has served as Treasurer and President. She is proud to be a friend of her hero James Randi.
Dr. Dean Edell
Medical Doctor and Radio and Television personality
Dean Edell is an American physician and broadcaster who hosted the Dr. Dean Edell radio program, a syndicated radio talk show which aired live from 1979 until December 10, 2010. He was also nationally syndicated in television as a medical news reporter and host of his own television shows including NBC's Dr. Dean.
Dr. Taner Edis
Professor of Physics, Truman State University
Taner Edis is professor of physics at Truman State University. He has written many articles and books critical of paranormal and supernatural claims, and is particularly interested in science and religion in an Islamic context.
Tim Farley
Founder, What's the Harm?
Tim Farley is a computer security analyst who is best known for his skeptic website What's the Harm? He blogs on skeptic use of technology at skeptools.com, and his posts there have inspired others to create skeptic projects such as GSoW and Skeptunes. He also regularly contributes to Skepticality, Virtual Skeptics, INSIGHT blog and Skeptical Inquirer, and is a former JREF Fellow.
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Dr. J. (Jim) Emmett Gardner
Professor of Special Education, The University of Oklahoma
Dr. J. (Jim) Emmett Gardner is a Professor in the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches in the Special Education Program in the Department of Educational Psychology. His principle areas of scholarship focuses on universal design for learning (UDL), and instructional and assistive technology applications for students with high incidence disabilities and/or at-risk of school failure. He is the eldest son of Martin Gardner, and skepticism is one of his ubiquitous personality traits.
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Julia Galef
President and Cofounder, Center for Applied Rationality
Julia is a writer, blogger, and public speaker focusing on science and rationality, and the co-host of the official podcast of the New York City Skeptics, “Rationally Speaking.” She holds a degree in statistics from Columbia University.
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Susan Gerbic
GSoW
Affectionately called The Wikipediatrician, Susan Gerbic is the co-founder of Monterey County Skeptics, and a regular contributor to Skepticality podcast and the founder of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project. She received the “In the Trenches” award at CFI's 2012 Skeptic's Toolbox, and the James Randi award for Skepticism in the Public Interest in 2013. Gerbic’s efforts to clean up pseudoscience on Wikipedia and create pages for well-known skeptics has made her a “super villain” in the eyes of the paranormal community. You can contact her at SusanGerbic.com
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Dr. Harriet Hall
The SkepDoc
Harriet Hall, AKA The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician and former Air Force flight surgeon who writes about science-based medicine, alternative medicine, quackery, pseudoscience, and critical thinking. She is an editor of the Science-Based Medicine website and a Fellow and Executive Council member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
Ray Hall
Professor, Department of Physics, California State University, Fresno
Dr. Raymond Edward Hall is a Professor in the Department of Physics at California State University, Fresno, where for more than 15 years he has developed and taught courses in engineering physics, quantum mechanics, particle physics, critical thinking, and the philosophy of science. He holds a PhD in Experimental High Energy Particle Physics from the University of California, Riverside, and he has 16 years experience as a researcher with the D-Zero Collaboration. During his participation in the construction and operation of the D-Zero Detector at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, he was part of the research team that discovered the fundamental particle known as the top quark. Ray is also a Fellow of the James Randi Education Foundation.
Sharon Hill
Skeptical Advocate, DoubtfulNews.com and PracticalSkepticism.com
Sharon Hill is a scientist, skeptic, and advocate for critical thinking and evidence-based inquiry. She has a B.S. in Geology and a Masters in education focusing specifically on science and the public and is well-versed in topics including the paranormal, perception, belief, memory, natural phenomena, zoology, alternative medical claims, science education, and the environment.
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Dr. Bruce Hood
Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Bristol
Dr. Bruce Hood is a Canadian-born British experimental psychologist who specializes in developmental cognitive neuroscience. He is currently based at the University of Bristol and his major research interests include the cognitive processes behind adult magical thinking. Founder of http://SpeakEzee.org
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Ray Hyman
Noted critic of parapsychology, and one of the founders of the modern skeptical movement.
Ray Hyman is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon. In 1973, James Randi, Martin Gardner formed a skeptical organization which joined with Paul Kurtz and a few others to form CSICOP (now CSI) in 1976. Hyman has investigated paranormal claims for the CIA, the United States Military and various other governmental agencies.
Jamy Ian Swiss
Magician, Author, Speaker
Jamy Ian Swiss is a magician, author, and public speaker with more than 25 years of skeptical activism experience. He has appeared internationally for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. His U.S. television appearances include CBS 48 Hours, PBS Nova and the PBS documentary The Art of Magic, and repeat appearances on The Today Show and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He is the author of books including two collections of essays, Shattering Illusions and Devious Standards, and of The Art of Magic, the companion to the PBS documentary, and co-wrote the chapter "Explaining Magic" in Visual Explanations by Edward Tufte. He has produced and written for television, including Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular, and created the Discovery Channel special, Cracking the Con Games. He is producer of New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, Monday Night Magic, now in its 18th consecutive season.
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Robert Kenner
Director and Producer, Merchants of Doubt
Robert Kenner (Director, Producer) has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work exposing some of today's least talked of, but most impactful, social and environmental issues. Considered a craftsman of documentaries, his film FOOD, INC. was nominated for an Academy Award and won two Emmys. Variety said FOOD, INC. "does for the supermarket what JAWS did for the beach."Prior to his work on FOOD INC., Kenner received Peabody, Emmy, and Grierson Awards for his film, TWO DAYS in OCTOBER, an insightful examination of two key events during the Vietnam Conflict and how they shaped Americans' views of the war. Kenner was co-filmmaker with Richard Pearce on THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS for Martin Scorsese's series, THE BLUES. Newsweek called THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS "as fine a film ever made about American music" and "the unadulterated gem of the Scorsese Series." In addition, Kenner has directed a number of specials for HBO, American Experience and National Geographic, including the award-winning and inspirational DON'T SAY GOODBYE. Kenner has also directed a number of award-winning commercials and corporate videos for eBay, Hewlett Packard, Hallmark, and others.
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James McGaha
Director, Grasslands Observatory
James McGaha is a retired USAF pilot, skeptic, astronomer and director of the Grasslands Observatory. He held a TOP SECRET compartmented security clearance and was involved in numerous classified operations including operations in the so-called “Area 51”. His current work includes astrometry and photometry of asteroids and supernovae. He has discovered 15 Asteroids and 63 Comets and optical identification of gamma-ray burst GRB 030329. He has over 2600 M.P.E.C. publications on Near Earth Asteroids. He was the winner of the 2002 Shoemaker NEO Grant. Asteroid 10036 McGaha is named in his honor.James McGaha has actively promoted science and debunked pseudoscience for over 35 years. He was the founder and chairman of the Tucson Skeptics founding member of the UFO subcommittee of CSICOP and a Scientific Consultant to CSI/CSICOP. He has lectured on and investigated numerous cases of pseudoscience around the world. His skeptical views have been presented to the public via numerous television appearances.After investigating pseudoscientific phenomena for over 35 years James McGaha has found no evidenced that the supernatural exist. He remains skeptical.“Belief in “UFO’s” has become a religious mythology steeped in irrational hopes and fears”.
Steven Mould
Festival of the Spoken Nerd
From mind-bending tricks on BBC 1’s Britain’s Brightest and element-hunting on ITV’s I Never Knew That About Britain, to dismantling a child’s robot to make it talk backwards “like the devil”, Steve’s scientific interests are unfettered by the limitations of specialism. On any given day, Steve might be leading a dubstep subatomic particle safari, putting nail varnish on a pineapple (for maths) or dressing up as a Lego man (also for maths). Maker of mathematical curios, creator of illusions and writer of long and overly technical blog posts, he also used to be on Blue Peter back in the day and won’t stop going on about it. Steve has a three metre long, homemade flame tube for turning music into fire. It’s twice as long as Matt’s.
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Colm Mulcahy
Professor, Spelman College
Colm Mulcahy is professor of mathematics at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA. He enjoys creating puzzles and mathematical card magic effects, some of which have appeared online in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Scientific American. His latest book is Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects (AK Peters/CRC Press, 2013).
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Jay Novella
Skeptics Guide to the Universe
Jay has been a skeptical activist for 15 years who serves as a co-host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, a popular science podcast. Jay is also the producer and director of SGU Video Productions whose videos can be seen on the SGU YouTube channel. He also is the Director of Marketing and Technology for The New England Skeptical Society, a not for profit organization focused on promoting higher standards of education, especially in the areas of science and critical thinking. For the past 3 years, Jay has served on the board of directors for the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, a yearly conference held in NYC. Jay also is a regular contributor to The Rogues Gallery, a popular science and skepticism blog.
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Robert Novella
Skeptics Guide to the Universe
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 SGU’s 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.
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Steven Novella
Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast
Dr. Novella is an academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to being the host of The Skeptics’ Guide podcast, he is the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He is also the author of NeuroLogicaBlog, a popular science blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society. Dr. Novella also contributes every Wednesday to Science-Based Medicine, a blog dedicated to issues of science and medicine. He is also a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and a founding fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine. He has a regular column in the Skeptical Inquirer – The Science of Medicine. Dr. Novella is also a Senior Fellow for the James Randi Educational Foundation and directs their Science-Based Medicine program.
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Matt Parker
Festival of the Spoken Nerd
Possibly the only person to hold the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Matt is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up. Matt Parker appears regularly to talk about maths on the radio and TV (Discovery’s You Have Been Warned, James May’s Things You Need to Know, Channel 4’s Mating Season) as well as being all over the internet. His first book “Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension“, published by Penguin, is out now. Matt’s favourite number is currently 3435.
John Allen Paulos
Professor of Mathematics, Temple University
John Allen Paulos is an extensively kudized author, popular public speaker, and former monthly columnist for ABCNews.com, the Scientific American, and the Guardian. Professor of math at Temple, a state university in Philadelphia, he earned his Ph.D. in the subject from the University of Wisconsin.His most recent book is Irreligion . Other writings of his include Innumeracy (NY Times bestseller for 18 weeks), A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (on the readers' list of the Random House Modern Library's compilation of the 100 best nonfiction books of the century **), Once Upon a Number (chosen by the LA Times as one of the best books of 1998), and A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market (a brief tenant on the BusinessWeek bestsellers list). He's also written scholarly papers on probability, logic, and the philosophy of science as well as scores of OpEds, book reviews, and articles in publications such as the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Nation, Discover, the American Scholar, and the London Review of Books.
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Massimo Pigliucci
K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy, City College of New York
Massimo Pigliucci is K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and co-editor (with Maarten Boudry) most recently of Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. His essays can be found at ScientiaSalon.org.
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Massimo Polidoro
Co-Founder, CICAP
Massimo Polidoro, a journalist and writer, is co-founder and head of the Italian skeptics group CICAP. He began his career as an apprentice of James Randi, is the author of over 40 books and is now working on Randi’s biography.
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Natalia Reagan
Anthropologist, writer, actress, comedienne, and cartoonist
Natalia Reagan is an anthropologist, writer, actress, comedienne, and cartoonist. She has appeared on the “TODAY Show,” “Fox Edge News,” “Playboy Morning Radio,” and various other radio shows weighing in on different scientific subjects, from the evolution of boobs and butts to how pheromones play a role in human mating. Natalia also is the creator of “Science! It’s Your Friend” a tongue-in-cheek web series that seeks to answer fun science questions using comedy.
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Dr. Dana Richards
Professor of Computer Science, George Mason University
Dana Richards is the official biographer of Martin Gardner. He received the Certificate of Intermediate Honors and the M.S. from the University of Virginia in 1976 and the Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1984, all in computer science. He has been a programmer for Comress, Inc., and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, and most recently a Program Director of Theory of Computing at the National Science Foundation. He has written or edited three books and numerous journal articles. In addition, he is a reviewer for many journals, and he has received numerous research awards. His research interest include comparisons of protein sequences, steimer tree algorithms, information dissemination in networks, parallel heuristics and methodology for computationally intractable problems, and parallel algorithms for median filters . Dr. Richards joined the faculty of George Mason University in the Fall of 1994 as an Associate Professor of Computer Science.
Todd Robbins
Award-winning performer and author
Todd Robbins is an award winning performer and author known for his exploration of some of the darker areas of popular culture. He created the off-Broadway shows Carnival Knowledge and Play Dead (co-created with Teller of Penn & Teller), and wrote The Modern Con Man: How to Get Something for Nothing. He is currently creating a TV series called True Nightmares for the Investigation Discovery Channel.
Edwina Rogers
Chief Executive Officer, Secular Policy Institute
Edwina Rogers has served in public policy positions in the US Senate, White House, private, and international sectors for over twenty years. She has worked for two Presidents and four Senators, and founded or directed lobbying firms for public health issues.Most recently, Ms. Rogers was Executive Director at the Secular Coalition for America, a non-profit coalition to represent the diverse and growing voice for separation of religion and government. Ms. Rogers has been a regular contributor of conservative newspaper columns, health and policy journals, and a regular strategist on cable news television.
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Anna R. Rönnlund
Co-­founder and Board Member, Gapminder Foundation
Anna is a co-­founder and board member of the Gapminder Foundation. She holds a Degree in Sociology and Photography. Anna designed the user­ interface of the famous animating bubble­chart tool called Trendalyzer, used by millions of students across the world, to understand multidimensional time series. The tool was acquired by Google where Anna worked as Senior Usability Designer, where she designed interactive search results for statistical queries as well as the Motion Chart in Google Spreadsheets.Anna went back to Gapminder in 2011 to develop new free teaching material. As Product Manager, Art Director & Usability Lead of the Gapminder Foundation she is running the Dollar Street project which makes everyones living condition understandable to everyone, by using photos as big data.
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Ola Rosling
CEO & Co-­Founder, Gapminder Foundation
Ola Rosling is CEO & Co­Founder of Gapminder Foundation which he founded together with his father Hans Rosling and his wife Anna Rosling Rönnlund. Since 1999 Ola lead the development of the Trendalyzer software, which was acquired by Google in 2007 where Anna & Ola turned it into the Google Motion Chart. As Product Manager for Google Public Data Ola then democratized access to Public Statistics by integrating official statistical sources into Google Search results by introducing DSPL; Data Set Publishing Language. Ola then went back to Gapminder to develop free teaching materials. He initiated the Ignorance Project in 2013, to measure the widespread lack of knowledge of basic global facts.
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Hans Rosling
Co-Founder, Gapminder Foundation; Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institutet
Hans Rosling is professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, the medical university in Stockholm, Sweden. When working as a young doctor in Mozambique he discovered a previously unrecognized paralytic disease that his research team named Konzo. His 20 years of research on global health concerned the character of the links between economy and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America.He has been adviser to WHO and UNICEF, co-founded Médecines sans Frontiers in Sweden and started new courses and published a textbook on Global Health. He is a member of the International Group of the Swedish Academy of Science and of the Global Agenda Network of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.He co-founded Gapminder Foundation (www.gapminder.org) with son and daughter-in-law. Gapminder promotes a fact based world view by converting the international statistics into moving, interactive, understandable and enjoyable graphics. This was first done by developing the Trendalyzer software that Google acquired in 2007. Using animations of global trends, Hans Rosling lectures about past and contemporary economic, social and environmental changes in the world and he produces thematic videos using the same technique. His award-winning lectures on global trends have been labeled “humorous, yet deadly serious” and many in the audience realize their own world view is lagging many decades.
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Richard Saunders
Producer, The Skeptic Zone Podcast
Richard Saunders, producer of The Skeptic Zone podcast, is a life member of Australian Skeptics, a CSI Fellow and on the committee for the JREF $1,000,000 challenge. He is also known for being ‘The Skeptical Judge’ on the hit Australian TV show, “The One”. In 2007 he invented Origami Pigasus at the request of James Randi.
Dr. Eugenie C. Scott
Science Activist
Dr. Eugenie C. Scott is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not for profit membership organization of scientists, teachers, and others that works to improve the teaching of science as a way of knowing, the teaching of evolution, and the teaching of climate change. A former college professor, Dr. Scott is an internationally-known expert on the creationism and evolution controversy, and is called upon by the press and other media to explain science to the general public. The author of Evolution vs Creationism: An Introduction and co-editor with Glenn Branch of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for our Schools, she is the recipient of numerous awards from scientists and educators, and has been awarded nine honorary degrees.
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Robert Sheaffer
Fellow, CSI
Robert Sheaffer is one of the leading skeptical investigators of UFOs, a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He was a founding director and past Chairman of the Bay Area Skeptics, a local skeptics' group in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of Psychic Vibrations, UFO Sightings, and is a regular columnist for The Skeptical Inquirer.
Michael Shermer
Founding Publisher, Skeptic magazine
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His new book is The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. He is also the author of The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths; The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics, Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and The Science of Good and Evil. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on Evolution, Economics, and the Brain. As a public intellectual he regularly contributes Opinion Editorials, book reviews, and essays to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!). His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 1000 TED talks.
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Simon Singh
Good Thinking Society
Having completed his Ph.D. in particle physics at the University of Cambridge and CERN, Simon Singh became a science journalist and has authored books such as “Fermat’s Enigma”, “Trick or Treatment? (Alternative Medicine on Trial)” and “The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets”. After being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association, Simon successfully defended his criticism of chiropractic and was at the forefront of the Libel Reform Campaign that resulted in the Defamation Act 2013.
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TAM is back on the Las Vegas strip for 2015 at the newly renovated TROPICANA LAS VEGAS. Be close to the action and experience all Las Vegas has to offer within walking distance.

Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

JREF has secured a group rate of $79/weeknight and $109/weekend for conference attendees. The resort fee has been waived for our attendees, who are also provided with complimentary in-room internet access. Reservations can be made online HERE or by calling: 800.462.8767 and referencing The Amazing Meeting 2015.