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Work interferes with skepticism yet again…but maybe not for you

Bummer, people.

The Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism has been announced for 2011 and will take place on April 9 and 10 in New York. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever, going from one day to a whole weekend, and it has a killer lineup of speakers.

And I can’t go. Damn you American Association for Cancer Research. If you had scheduled the AACR meeting one week later, I could have done what I did last year and made my meeting trip a two-fer, with a stop off for the NECSS conference first and then concluding with my yearly dose of cancer research updates. Oh, well…

But maybe you aren’t in my situation. Maybe you have the weekend of April 9 and 10 free. Maybe you can make it to New York City that weekend. Think of it as a warm-up for TAM9.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

4 replies on “Work interferes with skepticism yet again…but maybe not for you”

Agh! I would have loved to have met you. I’m doubling up on the conferences that weekend. The NE Modern Language Assoc. is at Rutgers that week, right across the way, where I am sitting on a panel on science and literature. (My take will be, “Literary scholars, get your science right. You’re making us look bad.”) Then I toodle on over to NECSS for the first time. Secretly, my goal is to make it to TAM. And by secretly, I mean publicly.


unfortunately I can’t get to NYC for the skeptics conference, and my work only rarely touches on cancer or cancer research, so I wouldn’t be at the other meeting either.
But it would be educational and interesting to me to visit both, if time and money permitted.

Yes, but will either conference feature Lady Science? Because that’s a major selling point:

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