• Dragon Con 2008 Paranoia Post

    by  • 6/2/2008 • geek, science, skeptic • 1 Comment

    Ninety days left until labour day weekend. Will find the budget room yet.


    There’s simply no way that I’ll be able to attend The Amazing Meeting in the next couple years; Dragon Con is going to be my only chance to meet James Randi. The Skeptics actually have a real track this year, rather than piggy-backing on top of a couple of the other tracks. The tentative schedule looks good, though after they were scared off by little Alison Smith, I can’t imagine the Ghost Hunters deigning to put in an appearance in the Skeptics vs. True Believers panel with James Randi scheduled to appear.


    Great; one of the bands that’s going to be playing is formed of ghost hunting rock-a-billy types. Don’t buy their CDs; download them and share with your friends. Sneak into their shows and blame it on the ghosts.


    I wonder how I’m going to fit in movies and EFF and other things. Must work on cloning project again; we can compare notes after the weekend. At least Expendable is available online now…

    The Good


    Dr. John E. Bradford
    Dr. Bradford is President of SpaceWorks Engineering, an aerospace engineering services firm that is a world leader in concept development and systems analysis for future space systems. Dr. Bradford’s has served as Project Manager for numerous government sponsored programs with NASA, the Air Force Research Labs, and DARPA.


    Lori Lipman Brown
    Lori Lipman Brown is a lawyer, an educator, and a former Nevada State Senator who now directs The Secular Coalition for America. In this position, she is the first Congressional lobbyist explicitly representing nontheistic Americans (atheists, humanists, naturalists, skeptics, agnostics, etc.)


    Dr. Pamela L. Gay
    Pamela, along with Fraser Cain, produces “Astronomy Cast“. Each week, they take their international audience on a facts-based journey through the cosmos. As a professional astronomer, Pamela’s research focuses on variable stars and public outreach. When not teaching physics and astronomy at SIUE, she maintains her blog, StarStryder.com.


    Kevin R. Grazier
    Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he is science advisor for the PBS series “The Zula Patrol”, and for the SciFi Channel series “Eureka” and “Battlestar Galactica”. He is the author/editor for the books “Science of Dune” and “Science of Michael Crichton.”


    D.J. Grothe
    D.J. Grothe hosts Point of Inquiry, discussing science and skepticism with the world’s thought-leaders. Vice President of the Center for Inquiry, he’s also associate editor of Free Inquiry, and lectures frequently at universities throughout the U.S. He is an award-winning “mind-reader” and magician, and Marvel fanatic.


    George Hrab
    Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, skeptic, podcaster, producer, composer and heliocentrist George Hrab has written and produced five independent CDs; published one book; performed for President Clinton; and traveled across the country, both as a drummer for the nationally recognized Philadelphia Funk Authority, and as Despot of The Geologic Orchestra.


    Dr. Steven Novella
    Dr. Steven Novella is the Director of General Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, President of the New England Skeptical Society, host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and is a contributing editor for Quackwatch, a blog that uncovers unethical medical practices.


    Phil Plait
    Phil Plait is a professional astronomer and writer. On his blog, Bad Astronomy (the 2007 Weblog Best Science Blog winner) he debunks myths about astronomy, and defends science against attack both political and religious. His latest book, Death from the Skies!, is about astronomical events wiping out life on Earth.


    Benjamin Radford
    Benjamin Radford is an investigator and editor of two science magazines, author of three books, and columnist for Skeptical Inquirer and LiveScience.com. Radford has scientifically investigated the paranormal and “unexplained” for a decade. Radford has appeared on CNN, History Channel, Learning Channel, BBC, etc. http://www.RadfordBooks.com.


    James Randi
    A former professional magician, he is one of the major figures in the international skeptics community, a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal – now known as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry – and president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


    Richard Saunders
    Richard Saunders is one of Australia’s media commentators on claims of the paranormal and supernatural. A regular on TV and radio, Richard brings a skeptical approach to such claims. Richard is also the host and producer of the TANK Vodcast, the world’s only skeptical YouTube Vodcast.


    Jason Schneiderman
    Jason Schneiderman is a neuroscientist who has worked for NASA, the National Space Biomedical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health.


    Dr. Michael Shermer
    Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University.


    Scott Sigler
    Scott’s first major hardcover release INFECTED, a horror/thriller, is out from Crown Publishing on April 1, 2008. After building a huge online following by podcasting his novels, Scott hit #1 on Amazon.com with his scifi/thriller ANCESTOR. INFECTED been optioned for a movie by Rogue Pictures (Shawn of the Dead).


    Alison Michelle Smith
    Alison Smith is the Founder of Skeptical Analysis of the Paranormal Society and a Research Assistant for the James Randi Educational Foundation, where she helps develop initial protocols for the Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.


    Karen Stollznow
    Karen Stollznow is an Academic, Author and Associate Editor of The Skeptic magazine. Karen is a paranormal investigator (of the skeptical kind) and writes insatiably for her websites Bad Language and the Skepbitch blog:.


    Jeffrey Joseph Wagg
    General Manager of the James Randi Educational Foundation, Jeff spoke at several events at Dragon*Con last year in support of science and skepticism.

    The Bad


    Jason Hawes
    Jason Hawes is one of the main Stars of Scifi channels hit show Ghost Hunters. It is filming its 4th season now set to air in March 2008.


    Dee Bitner
    Dee Bitner is a certified hypnotist, a HypnoBirthing practitioner, an NLP pratictitioner, and a geek from a long line of geeks. She has explored the place hypnosis enjoys in roleplay and loves to explain and demonstrate the fun hypnosis can be to new audiences.


    Fiona Broome
    Author Fiona Broome is the founder of one of the oldest and most respected ghost-related websites, Hollow Hill. When she’s not investigating ghosts or writing books (“Weird Hauntings” in 2006, “Ghosts of Austin, Texas” in 2007, and “Weird Encounters” in 2008), she’s podcasting (about ghosts & faeries) and creating art.


    Cemetery Surfers
    Formed by a group of parapsychologists and ghost hunters, the Cemetery Surfers spend as much time in haunted locations as they do onstage.


    Steve Gonsalves
    Steve is best known for his work on the Sci Fi channel hit television show, Ghost Hunters. He is also the co-founder of the TAPS magazine publication, TAPS Paramagazine. Steve is the Tech Manager and Evidence Analyst on the show


    Rosemary Ellen Guiley
    Rosemary Ellen Guiley is recognized as one of the leading experts on the paranormal, with 31 nonfiction books published, including encyclopedias on ghosts, angels, vampires, werewolves, dreams, saints, witchcraft, and magic/alchemy.


    Grant Wilson
    Grant is one of the hosts of the Scifi Channels hit show Ghost Hunters and one of the founders of TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society. He is also a musician, artist and writer.

    The ???



    Adam West – Batman.


    Gareth David Lloyd – Ianto Jones on Torchwood


    Robert Llewellyn – Kryton on Red Dwarf



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    One Response to Dragon Con 2008 Paranoia Post

    1. 8/2/2008 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks for posting up our cool new Skeptic track at Dragon*Con.

      The best place to link to for the schedule would now be: http://www.skeptrack.org/

      From there we have the full schedule with links to description and such. :)

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