TAM8!, Million Ghost March & RiPA's very own Horace goes Geo-caching

Posted by Atticus on Thursday, July 8, 2010

So the time is here again for one of my personal favourite events of the year. Thats right folks. It TAM8!.
Ok, many of you may not be familiar with the idea or the workings of TAM8! so heres a quick brief:

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.
Its not just talks however but also workshops & performances. Some of the speakers at TAM8! are:

  • Richard Dawkins- The God Delusion
  • James Randi - JREF Founder
  • Michael Shermer - Skeptic Society
  • Banachek - Mentalist and Alpha Kid
  • Bruce M. Hood - RiPA Friend & Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre in the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Bristol.


And MANY MANY MORE! So as you can see it is a very interesting and exciting event and one which RiPA will be keeping a close eye on over the next few days.
Hopefully RiPA will get the chance to go to TAM9! in London in October.
So why is it a big deal to RiPA if RiPA are NOT a Skeptical group? Because TAM8! is mainly geared around
CTS (Critical Thinking Skills).Just to mention a few here are some of the workshops going on.

Science Based Medicine Workshops 1 & 2 – Dr. Steve Novella and a panel of guests will discuss current medical hot topics, and how to apply skepticism and critical thinking to the practice of medicine.

Skepticism 101 – Join the JREF’S own Jeff Wagg for an introduction to the basic concepts of critical thinking and skepticism. Test out your critical thinking knowledge by taking on real-life examples, and learning to apply skepticism without dogma to everyday issues.

Skepticism and Sexuality – Join JREF Challenge Coordinator Alison Smith and a panel of guests on a journey through the myths of sex that will take you through misconceptions about STDs, homosexuality, pregnancy, and even basic anatomy. You must be at least eighteen years of age to attend this workshop.

So as you can see there IS alot more to RiPA than just Ghost Hunting.However, Ghost Hunting is catered for within our specialised dept, RiPA Hunters.

So while all this at TAM8! is happening, Something quite the opposite is going on. That is the 'Million Ghost March. That right, 'Million Ghost March'!. Bit strange eh?
Let me explain....
Clairvoyants, mediums and psychics worldwide are invited to contact spirits in a major nonviolent protest of TAM8!

“For too long, paranormal skeptics have mocked people with a curiosity about ghosts, spirits and the afterlife. The Million Ghost March has been conceived as an opportunity to turn the tables on these unimaginative naysayers. It is a march to defy logic,” said Doc Paranormal, Adjunct Professor Without Portfolio at Edgar Allan Poe Community College, the event’s chief sponsor.
For more on the march, click the link below...
' Million Ghost March '

So will our friends at TAM8! be greeted by a hoard of discarnate souls called up by you, the public?
Will Mediums, Psychics, Clairvoyants and the like get in touch with their spirit guides to volunteer the deceased? Who knows but be sure to check back here to find out.

Lastly for this quick update is news from RiPA HQ. Our very own ghost, 'Horace' makes his journey to find his rightful home. Yes, 'Haunted Horace' goes Geo-caching. More on that next time though...
So for now, this is Atticus checking out and leaving you with the invite to become a
RiPA Hunterif being a full time RiPAis too much.

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