Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.
Well, I’m sorry to say that this day has come to an end. We laughed, we cried, we wondered about Lauren’s sanity. It’s been fun and I hope all of you enjoyed yourselves. We want to thank Hemant again for letting us do this–you’re the man, Hemant! Also, I have some spectacular news for you all–Skeption made it’s funding goal! YUSSS! Thank you, readers, for putting up with my crap all day and helping to fundraise the largest free skeptic conference… Read more
Yep, you read that right. From Reuters: “A Polish firm that makes coffins has angered the Catholic church by trying to drum up business with a calendar depicting topless models posing next to its caskets… “My son had the idea of creating the company’s calendar… so that we could show something half-serious, colorful, beautiful; the beauty of Polish girls and the beauty of our coffins,” said Zbigniew Lindner, the firm’s owner. “We wanted to show that a coffin isn’t a religious… Read more
No, really! A recent study published in Psychology Today states that: “Consistent with the prediction of the Hypothesis, more intelligent children, both in the United Kingdom and the United States, grow up to consume alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children.” Check out this fancy graph that shows the association between childhood intelligence (measured in junior high and high school), and adult alcohol consumption seven years later: Finally! A legitimate scientific reason for alcoholism–it’s because I’m smart! I’ll… Read more
As I am sure you are all aware, there is an election happening tomorrow. In order to help those who are still undecided about who to cast their vote for, Chris Rock premiered this video on Jimmy Kimmel Live last Friday night: Remember to get out and vote tomorrow! — This is a guest post by Lauren Lane. She is part of the team putting together the Skepticon convention next week. If you’d like to make a donation to support the… Read more
So we’re like a million bajillionty years into this blog takeover thing and I’m starting to feel the heat. I know that we’ve been pretty much discussing Skepticon non-stop, but what can I say? It’s on our minds. So I wanted to turn the conversation over to you, lovely readers–what kinds of things do you look forward to at conventions OR think conventions should have? For example, just last week I was at Reason in the Rock in Little Rock,… Read more