Saturday, January 26, 2013

Anti-Psychic Kitty Speaks: Attend Chicago Skepticamp! (Web Exclusive)

Note: Anti-psychic Kitty is the most skeptical creature on Earth.  Any psychic who uses their powers in his presence will die.  The Babbler and The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry have joint custody of APK.  In exchange for keeping APK away from psychics, CSI requires The Babbler to print his skeptical column.  The views expressed in this article do not represent the views of The Babbler.

I’m really excited that a great Chicago tradition returns in March.  No, not the St. Patrick’s Day dying of the Chicago River.  I’m talking about Chicago Skepticamp 2013 on March 2 at the Irish American Heritage Center.  It’s sponsored by Chicago Skeptics.

Skepticamps are free, informal skeptical gatherings that promote science, critical thinking, and science-based skepticism.  Local skeptics share their knowledge and experiences with each other, and together they become better skeptics.  I like to think of Chicago Skepticamp as catnip for the human intellect!  Cats, on the other hand, don’t need more intellectual stimulation.  *hee hee*

Past Chicago Skepticamps have featured talks about astrobiology, homeopathy, evolution, statistics, and one person’s encounter with a martial arts cult!  My personal favorite talk, however, was about pet food myths!

The best part is, you don’t have to be a professional skeptic, like me, to give a talk.  Inexperienced speakers are especially encouraged to give presentations.  Trust me, the humans will be friendly and supportive to anyone speaking for the first time.  

Skepticamps are not only fun, but they’re about bringing new ideas and new people into skepticism.  With all the myths shrouding Chicago, we could use some more candles in the dark.  I prefer to think of it as gaining more cats to hunt the mice of woo! 

How much do you have to pay to be a part of the Skepticamp community?  Nothing!  It’s free, just like my meals!  Participants are encouraged to help with the planning, make a donation, or volunteer as needed.  It is not required, however.

This year, I’m going to do something special.  If all the slots for Chicago Skepticamp are filled, I will give a special video presentation!  Imagine, seeing me, the most skeptical creature on Earth, addressing the best group of skeptics in Chicago.  What’s not to like?

So go to if you want to be a part of Chicago Skepticamp 2013.  Just remember there are many things to be skeptical of, but only one thing is certain.


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