CSICon Las Vegas 2017

CSICon Las Vegas 2017


Thursday, October 26

8:00 AM–11:00 AM — Registration

11:00 AM–5:00 PM — Workshop 1: Skeptic’s Toolbox with Ray Hyman, James Alcock, Harriet Hall, Loren Pankratz, and Lindsay Beyerstein

7:00 PM–8:00 PM — Opening Reception with Kendrick Frazier, Robyn Blumner, and Eddie Tabash, Chair of the CFI Board of Directors

8:00 PM–9:30 PM — From the Sun, to the Universe: Your Hidden Connections to the Cosmos with Lawrence Krauss, introduced by Leonard Tramiel

Friday, October 27

8:00 AM–8:45 AM — Registration & Bookstore

8:45 AM–9:00 AM — Opening Remarks by George Hrab

9:00 AM–9:30 AM — Creating Curiosity with Richard Wiseman

9:30 AM–10:00 AM — What's luck got to do with it? with Maria Konnikova

10:00 AM–10:30 AM — The Colosseum: Secrets and Myth of an Icon of Antiquity with Massimo Polidoro

2:00 PM–2:30 PM — A Return To The Madhouse: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump with Michael Mann

2:30 PM–3:00 PM — Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia with Susan Gerbic

3:00 PM–3:30 PM — Break

3:30 PM–4:30 PM — Richard Dawkins with Richard Wiseman

4:30 PM–5:00 PM — Book Signing: Richard Dawkins

6:00 PM–8:00 PM — Tournament of Kings Joust Dinner

8:15 PM–8:30 PM — Balles Award Presentation

8:30 PM–10:00 PM — Screening of Food Evolution with emcee Kevin Folta

Saturday, October 28

8:00 AM–8:45 AM — Registration & Bookstore

8:45 AM–9:00 AM — Opening Remarks by George Hrab

9:00 AM–9:30 AM — Cranks, Conspiracists, and Creationists: Weirdness in Conservative Muslim Environments with Taner Edis

12:00 PM–1:30 PM — VIP Luncheon with Lawrence Krauss, and Richard Dawkins

1:30 PM–2:00 PM — A Skeptic in the European Parliament with Teresa Giménez Barbat

2:00 PM–2:30 PM — Why do people reject good science? with Eugenie C. Scott

2:30 PM–3:00 PM — Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories with Rob Brotherton

3:00 PM–3:30 PM — Break

3:30 PM–4:00 PM — James Randi with Massimo Polidoro

4:00 PM–4:30 PM — The Challenge of Separating Sense from Nonsense with Joe Schwarcz

4:30 PM–5:00 PM — Book Signing: Lawrence Krauss

5:00 PM–6:30 PM — Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe

8:30 PM–11:30 PM — Halloween Costume & 70s Disco Party hosted by Jim Underdown

Sunday, October 29

Richard Dawkins on stage at CSICon

8:00 AM–8:45 AM — Registration & Bookstore

8:45 AM–9:00 AM — Opening Remarks by George Hrab

9:00 AM–10:30 AM — Britt Marie Hermes, Cara Santa Maria, and Rachael Dunlop with moderator Richard Saunders

10:30 AM–12:00 PM — Paper Sessions with moderator Ray Hall

  • Deconstructing Pseudoscience
    Dr. Charles M. Wynn, Sr.,
    Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Eastern Connecticut State University

    Dr. Charles M. Wynn, Sr., Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Connecticut State University, created and taught an Honors Colloquium titled “Science vs. Pseudoscience.” He co-authored its textbook, Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends… and Pseudoscience Begins, which was just published in a second edition by Oxford University Press. Dr. Wynn is co-author of a quintet of books about science, pseudoscience and religion that has been translated into twelve languages. Several of his articles have been published in Skeptical Inquirer. He is a recipient of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Skeptic’s Toolbox “In the Trenches” award.

  • Is functional MRI the new Phrenology?
    Dr. Fred Nour: Neurologist, Mission Hospital, California,
    Lecturer at University of California, Irvine

    Dr. Fred Nour is a Baylor trained Neurologist who is board certified in both Neurology and Neurophysiology. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He teaches Neurology part time at the University of California Irvine and previously at the University of Illinois. When his daughters went to college, they faced many misbelieves about love that are based on pseudoscience, so he wrote the book True Love: How to use science to understand love, to sort out the facts from fallacies.

  • Does God Influence Sports? An Empirical Investigation
    Craig A. Foster.
    Professor, United States Air Force Academy

    Craig Foster is a psychology professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department at the United States Air Force Academy. He received his PhD in social psychology from the University of North Carolina. His research interests include scientific reasoning, skepticism, and pseudoscience.

  • Aberrant Treatments Promoted on Websites of Licensed Naturopathic Doctors in Los Angeles County

    Parul Chouhan,
    Student, Master of Science in Healthcare Management Program
    College of Business and Economics California State University, Los Angeles

    William M. London,
    Professor of Public Health, Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services,
    California State University, Los Angeles

    Parul Chouhan completed her Bachelor's in Dental Surgery in 2014 from Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu and Kashmir, India. In 2015, she began her studies toward a master of science degree in healthcare management from Cal State LA.

    William M. London is a professor of public health at Cal State LA; a coauthor of the college textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions; associate editor of Quackwatch's free, weekly e-newsletter Consumer Health Digest; the "Renegades & Rascals" online columnist for Skeptical Inquirer; and a consultant to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

  • The Need for Scientific Thinking: Teaching Students how to Detect Baloney
    Rodney M. Schmaltz,
    Associate Professor, MacEwan University,
    Edmonton, AB, Canada

    Rodney Schmaltz is an Associate Professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His research focuses on pseudoscientific thinking, with an emphasis on strategies to promote and teach scientific skepticism. Dr. Schmaltz strives to better understand why people believe in strange things like ghosts, aliens, or psychic powers and works to find strategies to help combat these beliefs. Dr. Schmaltz is the co-author of two introductory psychology textbooks.