The Amaz!ng Meeting is a celebration of critical thinking and skepticism sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation. Thinking people travel the world to share learning, laughs and life with fellow skeptics and distinguished guest speakers.
With a name like that, one would expect the talks to be a lot more, well, amazing than the fare at the usual radiology meeting. The program includes some stellar talent, including James Randi, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist and PBS Nova host), Adam Savage (Mythbusters co-host), Matthew Chapman (author and great-great grandson of Charles Darwin), Dr. PZ Myers (biology professor and Pharyngula blogger) and Penn and Teller.
Critical thinking is one of the many things I try to teach my students and residents, and I'm always up for new ways of teaching this material. From the partial TAM6 faculty list above, one can see an unusually large fraction of the Jedi Council of critical thinkers. If one can learn by osmosis alone, I should get a lot out of this meeting.
June in Las Vegas is pretty much what you would imagine - 103° F (39.4 ° C) today, with 107 ° F (41.7 ° C) predicted for tomorrow. However, the air-conditioning at the Flamingo is so relentless that I shivered my way through the afternoon sessions. That pile vest I felt silly packing at home will stay on me for the rest of the meeting.
I'll post some meeting highlights as time permits.