A skeptical talk at Gnomedex

By Phil Plait | October 5, 2009 12:00 pm

I attended Gnomedex in August, a meeting about how tech affects people, which is run by my old friend Chris Pirillo. I talked about skepticism: the process, the movement, and how to do it online.

My speaking rep Beth Martin Quittman recorded the talk, and she just posted Part 1, where I discussed just what skepticism is.

The audio quality is a little rocky due to it being a big echoey room, but you can hear most of what I’m saying. That was a fun talk, and one I expect I’ll be giving again as time goes on. I’m really gung-ho about talking to people about skepticism and critical thinking, and I think it’s something that needs to be done.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Skepticism
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Comments (10)

  1. Does anyone get the feeling that there will soon be a separate channel for Dr. Plait? Lots of audio and video of him out there. Sure beats anything that is on the History Channel as of late, that’s for sure.

  2. Aerimus

    @Larian LeQuella:

    History Channel? Eh, by cable provider removed that from my lineup, not that I’m complaining. I stopped watching it after they cancelled Dogfights. That was, for me, the last decent show on a channel that’s being overrun by crap. (and someone tell me, what exactly does bigfoot have to do with history anyway?)

    As for the growing omnipresence of BA, I would also just like to say that I’d love to see a Death from the Skies miniseries on Discovery. That would be just too sweet.

  3. theMark

    Oh wow, a Death from the Skies series :) It’d be just like South Park, and every episode ending with “They killed … ” … uh, well, ” … Earthie!” or something. ūüėČ

  4. Doug

    Was the audio recorded? You should try to get a copy of it and sync the video to it. Maybe splice in that video clip you showed as well. Great talk though!

  5. mariana

    Is there a transcript of this talk somewhere? My tinny speakers weren’t up to the task of having Dr. Phil’s voice come through clearly enough.

  6. Gary Ansorge

    5. mariana

    Afraid it’s not your speakers. There is a LOT of side wall, floor and ceiling audio reflection, muddying the sound. Really Phil. You should connect with Dan Healy, the sound engineer for the Dead. I heard the Dead play a high school gymnasium in Hamburg in 1990 and the sound was nearly as pristine as it ever was at Shoreline. Dan and his crew knew more about damping audio reflections than anyone I’ve ever known.

    I could understand barely one word in ten of your presentation(ok, so, maybe it’s just my ancient ears but I do believe I know GOOD audio when I hear it). Bummer.

    Gary 7

  7. Am I still banned? Just wondering.

  8. coolstar

    BPH, you got banned? I’m SO jealous. Maybe this will help: he just keeps getting balder and balder…..

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