I think we are all used to skeptic meetings of some sort. There are the big mega meetings like TAM (The Amazing Meeting). You and 1000 of your close friends in a huge venue. Big name speakers and all the glitz of Vegas are featured. Then there are the local SIP (Skeptics in the Pub). Drinking and skeptics in an intimate pub atmosphere, just the locals. However, on May 26 in St. Louis there is going to be a new kind of skeptic get together. The focus, in fact, won’t be on skepticism. The focus will be on fun! A chance for skeptics and critical thinkers, or perhaps it’s better to just say the curious, to get together. The venue reminds me of a giant playground for adults. The speakers are going to talk on things we all are curious about. There will also be interactive workshops, with a focus on fun. Children have Disney world, the curious have the College of Curiosity.
I’m going to be speaking on alien abductions. The focus will be on how I interact with alien abductees, and to dispel the sad media driven image of the average abductee.
There will be also a fun workshop about aliens! I’ve spoken over the years at various events on French superstitions, ghost hunting in New Hampshire and my skeptic books for preschoolers. The most popular topic, by far, though is when I speak about alien abductions. Everyone probably knows someone that has had the abduction experience, but most abductees have learned not to talk about it. Learn what their world is like, and how often it’s more exciting and interesting than the everyday world most people inhabit. Plus aliens are just plain fun.
I’m sure there will be plenty of time to hang out with all the speakers, and part of the fun for me is answering questions one on one. This will be a very different kind of get together, and I hope it becomes a yearly event!