Based on a random post by Daniel Loxton, I spent way to much time thinking about this idea for a competition to be held at the next TAM/Dragon*Con/random free thought event…
The Free-Thought Olympics
There will be eight teams with 5 people to a team and a minimum of 1 male and 1 female on each team (since there are no physical challenges there is no particular reason for this other than to encourage diversity I suppose).
The competition will last for 3 rounds, with the winner being allowed to proclaim themselves as the free thought group of the year (and perhaps some sort of FSM trophy perhaps?).
The teams as follows (teams can be altered obviously, this was just what came to mind to me as a first draft):
- Skeptics Guide To the Universe
(Bob Novella, Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein, and Rebecca Watson)
- James Randi Educational Foundation
(Jeff Wagg, Phil Plait, James Randi, A Kovacs, Alison Smith)
- Skeptic Society
(Daniel Loxton, Micheal Shermer, Derek Colanduno, Swoopy, and Pat Linse)
- Center For Inquiry
(DJ Grothe, Ben Radford, Joe Nickell, Debbie Goddard, and Paul Kurtz)
- Australian Skeptics
(Richard Saunders, Stefan Sojka, Kylie Sturgess, Rachael Dunlop, and Dave the Happy Singer)
- American Atheists
(Ed Buckner, Kathleen Johnson, David Silverman, ???, and ???) – I don’t know them enough to pick the last 2 I guess
- Free Agent Podcasters
(Richard Wiseman [Afternoon Tea], Brian Dunning [Skeptoid], Dr Kiki [This Week In Science], Justin Jackson [TWIS], and Steve Mirsky [Scientific American])
(PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins, Eugenie Scott, Ken Miller, and Ken Hamm) – This is going to be the most interesting team to watch by far.
Prior to the first round, the teams will be “seeded” by the judges
In the first round, the #1 seed faces the #8, and so on. The first competition is a Jeopardy style “Name That Logical Fallacy”
The second round will be the remaining 4 teams in a “Science Or Fiction” (otherwise known as “Totally Bogus”) competition.
And in the final round, those teams already eliminated will devise science/skepticism questions, which will then be given randomly to the two remaining teams to answer. First team to 15 correct answers (with a lead of at least 2 answers over the other team, kind of like tennis) wins the whole damn thing…
So now my goal is to see if I can get enough people interested in the idea that it can become a reality at some future conference…