There aren't very many reasons for me to want to go to Vegas. But if I had one, this would be it. This would make me go to Vegas and I would love every inch of that filthy town. I'd also eat a lot, see a lot, visit the desert and maybe drink a bit but between July 14th-17th I'd totally geek out.
TAM (The Amazing Meeting), it's the 9th annual celebration of science, skepticism, and critical thinking. Bill Nye (yes, the science guy) is going to be there, James Randi, Adam Savage (I once had a plant that I named after him but then the plant died), Phil Plait, Rebecca Watson, Elyse Anders (the anti Jenny McCarthy -don't get me started-), Banachek (hell YA!!), Richard Dawkins (In my opinion, he is the Deepak Chopra of science), Penn and Teller, and more. I really am just a big ol' geek who gets off on listening to people talk rationally about things. Or just talk science. I do not have anything to contribute to any of it other than I would be the biggest, most absorbent sponge in that room.
I'm sure I'd stick out like a sore thumb as the girl who missed the turn to the outlet mall and ended up at a Science Convention but inside, I'm not.
Is that wrong?
Oh my goodness, I'm such a geek.
Do I even know anyone who knows what TAM is? Anyone out there (comment if you do, please)?
I think somewhere out there the idea of Skepticism gets confused with Conspiracy Theories, which isn't the case at all. To me, Skepticism is questioning- never taking things at face value. The questioning of assumptions. Where as Conspiracy Theories tend to be based on assumptions.
-Best definition of Skepticism is actually Critical Thinking
-Definition of Conspiracy Theories