Dragon*Con and other Free-thought events…

So the first and most obvious question is what is Dragon*Con… Well the first rule of Dragon*Con is that you don’t talk about Dragon*Con… No wait, that’s something else, my bad…

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US.

Well that’s a boring and not at all helpful description. And it says nothing about why this is a free-thought event or of interest to freethinkers.

So first of all, what is Dragon*Con?

Dragon Con (also Dragon*Con) is a North America multigenre convention, held annually in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 4-day event comprises approximately 3500 hours of panels, seminars, demonstrations, and workshops, with over 30 specialized programming tracks that include …, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, comic books, …, podcasting, …, scientific skepticism, , and general programming which specific Guests of Honor attend.

Ok, if you look at the real list of programming tracks it’s ridiculously long, so I cut most of them out; although you can see more info at the Wiki entry if you’re interested in more details…

So Dragon*Con is a large number (30+) of small conventions all under one banner with tens of thousands of attendees.

There are many tracks which may interest any given person, but as you can see above in the quote from Wikipedia I highlighted the track on scientific skepticism. Which leads us to Skeptrack at Dragon*Con… And of course this leads to what is Skeptrack…

Skeptrack is (and unfortunately I can’t find a quick easy description, so this if I get it wrong, blame Derek for not posting a simple description online for me to plagiarize, I mean quote) a mini-convention of skepticism, free-thought, and science at Dragon*Con.

You can check out the schedule for more information about the details of who will be speaking, what the topics are, etc, but basically what you need ot know is that many of the best known skeptics from around the world will be in one place for four days and you can pick their brains…

As well as the Skeptrack itself, the night before Dragon*Con begins, there will be a Star Gazing with Pamela Gay and Phil Plait (two well known skeptics, and astronomers), and Dragon*Con Aquarium Night (open specially after hours for Dragon*Con attendees).

Obviously this post is primarily about SkepTrack at Dragon*Con, since  it starts in less than two weeks (and I am going); but it also intended to point out that there are many Skeptical, Atheist, Humanist, and other Free-thought conferences and events around the world each year…

I wanted to include a short (i.e. not complete) list of other yearly events which may be of interest to those in the Free-thought community…

Now this list is by no means complete, in fact it really only consists of the ones I have thought of recently, so I’m certain that there are many other large events (not to mention countless small local events in your own area) that I have missed…

But hopefully this has given you the idea that these things exist, and you can go looking for them. And who knows, maybe at some event, we’ll run into each other…


About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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