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Entries from February 25th, 2010

Bringing Skepticism to Gen Con Indy

February 25th, 2010 81 Comments

Good day, everyone. This is Speaker Conjurer Don with an important announcement.
I’ve been given permission by Queen Elyse to pimp one of my other projects, a guerrilla Skeptical Symposium I’m spearheading at Gen Con Indianapolis 2010. Why guerrilla? Well, we have no special recognition from Gen Con (as yet, at least) and are self-organizing from [...]


Ken Novak: Ethical Humanist

February 24th, 2010 90 Comments

Welcome to Part 18 of my something-part series Better Know a Speaker. Today’s speaker: Ken Novak, the fighting Ethical Humanist Officiant!
Ken Novak is a member of the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, where he is involved in adult education, publicity, performance, tech, and Sunday School, and also performs marriages and memorial services. He is a [...]


Glenn Davis: Cults and Culture

February 21st, 2010 82 Comments

Hello, friends! Welcome to Part 17 of my something-part series “Better Know a Speaker!” Today’s speaker: Glenn Davis, the fighting Glenn Davis!
Glenn Davis is an advertising creative director living in Columbus, Ohio. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, where he became a devotee of the many varieties of self-help woo [...]


Bug Girl: Entomologist Extraordinaire

February 20th, 2010 86 Comments

Welcome to Part 16 of my something-part series “Better Know a Speaker.” Today’s speaker: Bug Girl, the fighting entomologist!
Bug_girl has a PhD in Entomology. Her bug research involves using pheromones to try to control insect populations without pesticides. Essentially, she makes male bugs horny, and then prevents them from mating. (Please don’t extrapolate from that [...]


Robin Ferguson: Stay-at-Home Skeptic

February 19th, 2010 70 Comments

Welcome, ladies and gents, to Part 15 of my 20 part series “Better Know a Speaker!” Today’s speaker: Robin Ferguson, the fighting mother of two!
Robin was kind enough to write her entire bio in first person, and I think it loses something in the conversion to a dry, objective third person. I will, therefore, quote [...]


Attend Skepchicamp! Register now! [sticky]

February 18th, 2010 73 Comments

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The very first ever Skepchicamp! It’s Skepticamp, but Skepchickier!
Complete with real live Skepchicks!
Skepchicamp  is an informal convention with the goal of promoting skeptical thinking in the Chicago area.
Unlike formal conventions, everyone who attends Skepchicamp is expected to participate in some way – giving a speech, serving food, helping to set up a room, [...]


William Brinkman: Babbling in Bolingbrook

February 16th, 2010 55 Comments

Welcome to Part 14 of my 20 part series “Better Know a Speaker!” Today’s speaker: William Brinkman, the fighting tabloid journalist!
William Brinkman is the creator of The Bolingbrook Babbler, a fictional tabloid. First posted on the Internet in 1998, The Babbler has satirized local politics, the paranormal, and the skeptical movement. The Babbler [...]


Hilary Nelson: Never Without a Balloon Hat

February 15th, 2010 72 Comments

Welcome to Part 13 of my 20 part series “Better Know a Speaker.” Today’s speaker: Hilary Mark Nelson: the fighting dude with a chick’s name!
Hilary is the son of a Dickens scholar (his father) and a ruthless editor of grant proposals (his mother), which explains why his grant proposals are always turned down for being [...]


Don Riefler: So It’s Come to This

February 12th, 2010 81 Comments

Welcome to Part 12 of my 20 part series “Better Know a Speaker!” Today’s speaker: me, Don Riefler, the fighting Speaker Conjurer!
I’ve been putting this one off because (1) I’m never terribly comfortable speaking about myself, and (2) I was hoping I could just get everyone else done before me so I didn’t feel conceited. [...]


Phil Ferguson: Master of Money

February 8th, 2010 95 Comments

Welcome to part 11 of my 20 part series “Better Know a Speaker.” Today’s speaker: Phil Ferguson, the fighting investment advisor!
Phil Ferguson lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois with his wife Robin and 2 children. He has been a freethinker/skeptic since he was 13 and is the founder of Champaign-Urbana Freethinkers.
In the past few years he has [...]