I might be a bit biased since I am one of the organizers, but I just have to say how awesome this is!
Kritisk Masse (that means Critical Mass, what an awesome name) has finally released our webpage, and with that announced the list of speakers. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, Kritisk Masse was started by a group of people in Oslo after the last TAM London in an inspired moment. It's a conference with speakers, panels, entertainment, dinner, and a workshop.
The topic is skepticism. Lately, this has been on my mind so much that I've had to tell peripheral friends and acquaintances (now there's a word I don't spell every day!) about skepticism. Just in case you're new to it too, I'll give you some pointers.
Skepticism is about employing doubt and science in order to find out things about the world. Most skeptics frown upon the use of the word skeptic with some-word-and-a-hyphen in front, such as 911-skeptic, climate-skeptic or vaccine-skeptic. We are not hyphen-skeptics. We are skeptics all round, and we follow the scientific concensus. Let me say that again; we are not conspiracy-skeptics, we follow the scientific concensus.
We believe science, as in psychology, statistics, and a throrough understanding of scams and why people fall for them is a sufficient explanation for most of the paranormal claims we meet.
Sure, paranormal phenomena may exist, but they have not been proven to exist yet. We just want thorough evidence. It seems to us that most people are not aware of skepticism and how useful it can be for orienting in the world and all the offers we get. That's why we need more public efforts like this conference in addition to blogs and our little pub-based community.
So, to the point. The conference is in Oslo, 29. - 31. of October, and the program containts skeptical heroes such as:
and a few more science-based speakers:
Also, there is an evening of entertainment featuring:
Physics-hunk Andreas Wahl
and comedian Iszi Lawrence
More about all these wonderful contributors can be found at our webpage.