CSICon Las Vegas

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Register now for CSICon Las Vegas, October 27-30, 2016.

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This is No Illusion! CSICon is Coming to Vegas!

No, you’re not just seeing things!

For too long, skeptics have been wandering in the desert, parched and aimless, wondering when, oh when, will they find an oasis?

But just on the horizon, hope beckons. At last! A chance for critical thinkers from around the world to celebrate with the brightest minds and biggest personalities in science and skepticism.

It’s no mirage, it’s CSICon 2016, and this time it’s in Vegas!

October 27-30, come to the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where brilliant speakers will make the City of Light truly shine, with skeptic stars like evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, science education champion Eugenie Scott, SETI astronomer Jill Tarter, and many more to be announced.

And yes, the amazing James Randi will be there, too.

CSICon 2016 is a production of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the people who bring you Skeptical Inquirer magazine, the group that began organized skepticism a generation ago. And what better location for a conference of skeptics than in a city full of illusions?

Don’t wait! Unlike the claims of celebrity psychics, conspiracy theorists, and alt-med hucksters, this is no illusion. CSICon is real! Register now!

CSICon Halloween Party:

Karaoke + Skepticism = Skeptioke

Join us for Skeptioke and the Song Parody Contest during the CSICon Halloween Party! Write your own skeptical or science-based lyrics to a karaoke song and vie for a $100 prize.

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Thursday, October 27

8:00AM — Registration

11AM–12:30PM — Preconference Workshop 1A: Cold Reading — Ray Hyman, Mark Edward

11AM–12:30PM — Preconference Workshop 1B: Skeptical Activism — Susan Gerbic, Stephanie Guttormson

1:30–3:00PM — Preconference Workshop 2A: Critical Thinking 101 - Teaching College Level Critical Thinking through the Examination of Science, Fringe Science, and Pseudoscience — Raymond Edward Hall, Katie Dyer *** SOLD OUT ***

1:30–3:00PM — Preconference Workshop 2B: Testing Claims — Jim Underdown

3:30–5:30PM — Skeptics Toolbox — Ray Hyman, Harriet Hall, James Alcock, Lindsay Beyerstein *** SOLD OUT ***

7:30PM — Opening Reception — Robyn Blumner, Kendrick Frazier

9:00PM — Magic Show — Shattering Illusions! featuring Jamy Ian Swiss

knight in jousting gear at Tournament of Kings

Friday, October 28

8:00AM — Registration / Bookstore

8:30–9AM — Opening Remarks — George Hrab

9–9:30AM — Believe It or Not: Can We Always Make a Choice? — James Alcock

9:30–10AM — Confidence Games: Why We Fall for Them ... Every Time — Maria Konnikova

10–10:30AM — Why We Believe—Long After We Shouldn’t — Carol Tavris

10:30–11AM — Break

11–11:30AM — God’s Own Medicine — Paul Offit

11:30–Noon — Functional Medicine — Harriet Hall

Noon–12:30PM — Science Moms and Fear Babes — Kavin Senapathy

12:30–2PM — Lunch — Investigating Mysteries: 10 Practical Strategies to Unravel the Uncanny with Massimo Polidoro

2–2:30PM — Why Skepticism: Sasquatch, Broken Windows, and Public Policy — Ronald A. Lindsay

2:30–3PM — The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy — Michael Mann

3–3:30PM — Kevin Folta

3:30–4PM — Break

4–5:30PM — Conversation with Richard Dawkins
Hosted by Jamy Ian Swiss

6PM — Tournament of Kings Dinner

8PM — Magic Show — Featuring Banachek

attendees in Halloween costumes

Saturday, October 29

8:00AM — Registration / Bookstore

8:45–9AM — Opening Remarks — George Hrab

9–9:30AM — Sins of Evolution Education — Eugenie Scott

9:30–10AM — The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) — Bertha Vazquez

10–10:30AM — Is Brain Training a Scam? — Stuart Vyse

10:30–11AM — Break

11–11:30AM — Surviving the Misinformation Age — David Helfand

11:30–Noon — Make Your Own Lasso of Truth — Tamar Wilner

Noon–12:30PM — Joe Nickell

12:30–2PM — Lunch — Hey! There Are Cockroaches in my Chocolate Ice Cream! with Joe Schwarcz

12:30–2PM — VIP Luncheon (Seating is Limited)
Richard Dawkins and James Randi
Hosted by Robyn Blumner

2–2:30PM — Life Beyond Earth? — Jill Tarter

2:30–3PM — The Fiction of Memory — Elizabeth Loftus

3–3:30PM — Altercasting as a Social Influence Tactic — Anthony Pratkanis

3:30–4PM — Break

4–5:30PM — Conversation with James Randi
Hosted by Kendrick Frazier

7:30PM — Halloween Party + Karaoke

12:00AM — Houdini Séance


Excalibur Hotel & Resort
3850 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

excalibur.com · (702) 597-7777

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The hotel does not have a shuttle from the airport. Taxis are available 24 hours a day. Also, there are several different shuttle companies to choose from:

Bell Trans – 702-739-7990 (open 24 hours)
Earth Limos & Buses – 702-437-1900 (open 24 hours)
Showtime – 702-895-9976 (open 24 hours)

The McCarran Airport website also has additional information regarding transportation to and from the airport.

Get Involved

Call for Papers

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is delighted to announce that we will incorporate a Sunday Morning Papers session at CSICon Las Vegas.

The Sunday Morning Papers session will recognize new voices and new ideas and showcase them in the spotlight of the CSICon stage. If you have had success in communicating scientific skepticism, teaching critical thinking, combating pseudoscience, or furthering the mission of CSI in some new and significant way, we want to hear from you!

More Information & Submission Instructions ›

Volunteer Information

CSICon Las Vegas needs your help! We are seeking a number of volunteers to help support the event, whether with speaker support, registration, event management, PR, merchandising, outreach, tabling, or other opportunities.

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Policy on Hostile Conduct / Harassment at Conferences

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The Center for Inquiry values full participation at all of its events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting Barry Karr at (716) 636-4869 ext. 217 or bkarr@centerforinquiry.net.