What exactly happened at this event? 75 skeptics crowded into a Chicago pub to listen to a bunch of short talks dealing with everything from superstitions in the world of opera to how even rational people can behave irrationally.
I’ve been going to events in Chicago for years and I’ve *never* seen so many young atheists and skeptics in one room. With a fairly equal gender balance as well! (That was impressive.)
There are so many highlights so it’s a good thing that the bloggers at Action Skeptics were there to liveblog the entire event. Head over there to see descriptions of all the talks!
My favorite part was watching Matt Lowry demonstrate some really neat Physics tricks.
I managed to get (admittedly low quality) video of him breaking through wood. The money shot’s at 3:55. If you have a whole minute to spare, start at 3:15. Or just watch the entire demonstration 🙂
Action Skeptics has video of all three of Matt’s stunts here (start at 7:30 for a really terrific part):
How freaking cool is that.
Also cool: The band Tense Kids played throughout the day and they were awesome. Everyone should be listening to them.
Next year’s event will be even bigger and better. I can’t wait.