Saturday, May 15, 2021
9:30 am to 4:15 pm MST
Myths and Misconceptions
Join us for a day of learning, entertainment and fun at our first WeCanReason Skepticamp.
Each speaker will talk for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for question and answer.
Speakers will be talking about topics ranging from ghosts to vaccines.
Note: First 100 people can use Zoom.
The event will also be streamed on YouTube. See links below.
About the Speakers
When researchers interview people on various topics, they usually take for granted that their interviewees share the same sense of reality that they do. Sometimes however, this is not the case. What happens when people report events and occurrences that to the researchers are impossible, phantasmal, or against the laws of physics? In this presentation, I talk about my experiences interviewing people that claim to have seen, experienced, and communicated with ghosts, seen goblins, witnessed poltergeists, and lived in houses that were haunted. Various strategies are suggested to handle such interviews and their data.
'A face at first just ghostly': Ghost beliefs and the skeptic: How to come to terms with alternative realities.
David Aveline is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He teaches the Sociology of Religion, the Sociology of the Body, and Human Sexualities. He obtained a Master's degree at Concordia University (Montreal) in 1991 and a PhD at Indian University (Bloomington) in the United States in 1999. He has published a number of articles in academic journals and has co-authored a textbook on human sexuality. While most of his previous work has been in sexuality, he launched on a new area of interest several years ago - the sociology of the paranormal, specifically, ghost beliefs. He has interviewed numerous people on their experiences with ghosts and is currently writing a book on this topic. While he remains skeptical about the existence of ghosts, he acknowledges that to other people, they are real.
What to Look For in “Ghost”
This talk will look at two “ghostly” photographs, one from 1900 and another from 2020, highlighting details which revealed the “ghosts” had a natural explanation.
Kenny Biddle is a science enthusiast who investigates claims of paranormal experiences, equipment, photos, and video. He promotes science, critical thinking, and skepticism through his blog “I Am Kenny Biddle.” He frequently hosts workshops on how to deconstruct and explain paranormal photography & solve mysteries. Kenny is also the host of Skeptical Help Bar every Friday night and co-host of Three Tortured Souls on Saturday nights. He writes an online column (A Closer Look) for Skeptical Inquirer and was recently awarded a Fellowship with the Committee foe Skeptical Inquiry.
Paul Ens, better known as Paulogia, is a former Christian whose YouTube channel takes a look at the claims of Christians. He interacts directly with many of the most influential young-earth-creation advocates and evangelical Christian apologists in the English-speaking world. Paul resides in Calgary with his three near-adult children.
Wikipedia has millions of pages in hundreds of different languages, with billions of page views every month. This makes it the perfect place for skeptical activism - and that's where Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia comes in. GSoW is a group of Wikipedia editors from around the world devoted to improving pages related to science, skepticism, and pseudoscience. In this talk, Kelly will take you through her journey as a new GSoW editor and share some of the topics she's worked on (and hopefully convince you that you can do it too)!
Taking Skepticism to Wikipedia
Kelly Burke is a special education teacher who lives in Newark, Delaware. Kelly is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Science and the Public at the University at Buffalo. She is an intern for the Unbiased Science Podcast and she is part of Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, a group of Wikipedia editors who work to ensure that information related to science and pseudoscience on Wikipedia is accurate and well-supported. Kelly teaches Ballroom and Latin dance lessons as well.
Gender and Sexual Diversity: A glance at what science has been investigating.
We will talk about some of the different studies that have been looking at whether our gender and sexual expression is rooted in a scientific understanding
James Bellamy works actively in Calgary's construction industry as a Partner of Docker Prime Design and Management. Previously James was an Instructor at Mount Royal University in the Continuing Education programs. Outside of work, James has been active in bringing a voice for the LGBTQ community. As Co-Chair of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisory Board at Calgary Police Service, he is instrumental in an education program that helps members understand LGBTQ issues. A father of four, a grandfather to one, and husband to his partner Josh, James offers a perspective of sexual and gender diversity in a conservative society.
A brief history of Vaccination and how misinformation poisons everything
Vaccination in the Time of Fake News & Conspiracy Theories
Victor got his Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from San Marcos University – Peru in 2006. After his graduation, he worked in the poultry industry for 5 years. In 2011, he moved to USA to pursue a master’s degree in Veterinarian Biomedical Sciences at the University of Georgia. Following his interest in viral poultry diseases, he worked in a pharmaceutical company focusing on research and development of poultry vaccines. In 2015, Victor joined the University of Calgary (U of C) as part of a joint project sponsored by the Western Canada poultry industry and the Institute for Applied Poultry Technologies (IAPT). Victor recently completed his PhD at the U of C, with a project focused on diminishing the damaging effects that some emergent viruses cause to the Western Canada Poultry industry. Victor currently works as a Research Scientist for a private company and works on solutions for the Canadian Poultry Industry.