TAM Australia wrap up

1 December, 2010

The post conference high is beginning to wear off and life starts to get back to a normal routine again.

For those Victorian Skeptics lucky enough to go to The Amazing Meeting the experience was quite amazing – and as a skeptic; it’s not easy to say that.

(If you’d just like to see a nice slide show of photos from TAM Oz and you don’t much care to read a summary – skip to here)

Expectations were high: so many big name skeptics where on the bill. Would it work?  Such a lot happened it’s difficult to summarize.  I’ll just mention some highlights in no particular order.

My favorite session was one that had to be put together quickly to fill in for a speaker who couldn’t make it – the twitter quiz.  Rebecca Watson quickly researched some questions. A panel of experts, mainly from the SGU, were pitted against the audience in a race to give the correct answer first.  The panel had the advantage of being able to answer directly into the microphones whilst the audience had to post the answer to twitter using the #TAMQuiz hashtag.  Audience answers were displayed real-time on the big screens.  What ensued was glorious, hilarious mayhem that left the audience with sore stomach muscles from laughing.  For instance, in answer Read the rest of this entry »


TAM Australia

29 March, 2010

The 2010 Australian Skeptics National Convention will be held in Sydney in the last weekend of November.

You’ll want to mark it in your diaries guys, because it’s shaping up to be a corker.

This year the event will be known as TAM Australia, continuing the fine tradition of “The Amazing Meeting” held annually in Las Vegas by the James Randi Educational Foundation.

And TAM Australia will be boasting a stellar line-up of guests.

Those currently confirmed are JREF president D.J. Grothe, Australia’s own Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, the cast of the incredibly popular podcast Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, Brian Dunning of Skeptoid.com, skeptical musician extraordinaire George Hrab, the NCSE’s Dr Eugenie Scott and of course the man himself, The AmazingTM James Randi.

Tickets for the event will go on sale sometime in June.

Watch this space for further updates.

…Matt