Well, the Skeptics Conference has been and gone. A complaint was made about me (but not really about the presentation); I’m apparently too young to be giving papers at a Skeptics Conference. I should come back in ten or twenty years time.
I would say that this is good evidence that this older member of the congregation needs a bit of critical thinking training.
The talk went well; there seemed to be less overt Climate Change Skepticism at the conference this year and so the slippery slope of the talk went unchallenged1.
Still, I’m too young.
You can hear my thoughts on the conference in general on the bFM slot this weekend; I’m too tired at this point to wax lyrical about it. Still, you can enjoy a snippet of the conference by listening/watching the following; it is my talk in glorious black and white with associated mono sound. Due to some incompatibility with the movie plugin for this blog, you’ll have to click here to view (or right-click to download) the (Quicktime) movie.
There is also a PDF here.
And, for further enlightenment, you can listen to my talk (and others) as an MP3 here.
- I’m thinking about giving a talk next year on teaching critical thinking skills; I am tempted to point out to them that the most obvious problem with the talk, the move from Peer Review Skepticism to Climate Change Skepticism, could have been challenged.↩
5 Replies to “The Presentation”
Aren’t you a bit young to be posting that? I might have to make a complaint.
Personally I find it hard to believe that you’re as young as they say you are. After all is it your fault that your genetics give you your boyish looks when you’re really 64?
My beneficial genetics is useful, yes. That and all the rendered child fat I apply each morning; it improves the face’s elasticity and knocks off thirty years with great ease.
That is very disappointing and dickheaded.
Your talk, and the psychologist’s on Sunday, were two of the best – you can tell the people who are trained to talk to people as their job.
The other Matthew’s talk was great, wasn’t it? His presentation gave me cause to think “Stuff this PhD; Psychology is the place I want to be!” which very rarely happens.
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