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Adrian Cybriwsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: : Unfortunately I could not make the First World Skeptics Congress (20th : Anniversary CSICOP) conference which ends.. uhh.. today in Buffalo, New : York.. but I'm sure some of you did. Some of the speakers gave : interesting, humerous, but perhaps predictable talks (kurtz, scott, : perhaps randi), but what did chris carter (creator of the 'x-files' show) : speak on (if he did indeed speak?) do tell! do tell! : similarly.. did anybody catch the NPR piece on skepticism? after years : of listening to NPR shows on transgendered native american poets telling : of their relationships with their fathers, finally I tune in to the : beginning of an hourlong (?) show centered on CSICOP and Skepticism and I : can only hear the first 10 minutes before I had to leave.. summaries? : thanks, : adrian Yes, the talks were rather predictable, and on the whole, not that humorous...but Randi was in fine form. Carter came across to me as a fairly balanced individual (relatively speaking) and even claimed to have read Sagan's "Demon Haunted World" which is, of course, critical of the influence shows like his have on contemporary society. He seems conscious of the negative impact his show could be having on less skeptical/educated viewers, but also realizes that the paranormal is more interesting to the public at large than is skepticism (unfortunately) and you can't really blame the guy for wanting to appeal to the masses. Actually, for a show on the paranormal designed to titilate the viewing public, i think the X-FILES does demonstrate SOME commendable skeptical elements...but it could do a lot better. The only thing he said that really scared me was that he REALLY DOES buy into the whole gov't conspiracy business! PLEASE! I think he still has some skeptical research left to do. When did this NPR skeptics show take place? The Jim Bohanan Radio Show dedicated an hour to CSICOP and the conference one night over a week ago and Klass was on it along with Leon Jaroff. Skeptics do seem to be getting quite a bit more public exposure these days...but then again, it is not ALWAYS favourable exposure. For more on the 'First' World Skeptics Conference this past week and an example of such less-than-favourable exposure, see the "Treatment of Dean Edell at CSICOP meeting" thread. and for anyone interested in an outline of the conference, it can be found at http://www.csicop.org/events/mass-media.html ...John S.