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TAM6 Video: Building Internet Tools for Skeptics

This blog started in 2008 based on a talk that I gave at The Amaz!ng Meeting #6 in Las Vegas. The James Randi Educational Foundation has now posted the official video of my talk online, here it is:

An expanded “blogified” version of this presentation, with clickable screen shots is also available. You might want to open that in another window while you watch this.

This talk was part of the Paper Presentations given on Sunday at each TAM. Anyone can submit a proposal for one. Seeing some ordinary skeptics give presentations at TAM5 as part of this is what sparked my interest in getting involved in skepticism. If you have an idea for a presentation like this, submit a proposal for one to JREF. The deadline is May 15.

The Amazing Meeting 9 is less than 90 days away: July 14-17, 2011 in Las Vegas.

Building Internet Tools For Skeptics

Update, April 15, 2011: Video of the original presentation is now online, courtesy JREF.

This is a version of a presentation that was given at The Amazing Meeting 6 in Las Vegas on June 22, 2008. Most screenshots link to larger versions in a new window or to the actual web page where possible. The style of the presentation itself was to use very minimal text on the slides. To give you a feel for this the headers and bolded text in the following are actually the entire textual content of my slides.

Keep in mind that this presentation was to a mixed audience of skeptics, not to a technical audience full of programmers. As a result, many of my technical explanations are admittedly overly simplified.

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Apologies for the post-TAM darkness

I apologize for not posting the presentation from TAM as of yet.  It is underway, but it is taking some time to get all the screen shots processed and the transcript written.

I didn’t want to just post the slides without a transcript of the talk, because I don’t think you’d get a good sense of what I was talking about.  This is because the slides I used were my humble attempt to emulate the style of the great Lawrence Lessig, who uses minimal text on his slides to great effect.  Because the Sunday talks at TAM are limited to 20 minutes, I had rehearsed using just the slides several times to the point that I had the presentation memorized. So there were no notes that I could just clean up and post.

I expect to post the transcript some time this weekend, at which point we can discuss my talk in more detail.  Following that, I will post a series of more detailed posts that cover each of the techniques or tools mentioned in the talk.

Thank you for your patience.

Welcome to skeptools!

Welcome to skeptools.  This site is being launched in conjunction with The Amazing Meeting 6 in Las Vegas.  The purpose of the site is to assist the skeptic movement with better software tools.

Skepticism is fundamentally a battle against misinformation.  As we all know, the world wide web is chock full of misinformation.  You practically cannot avoid it. 

This site is dedicated to using the most advanced techniques possible to wage a war against this misinformation.  We will be talking about Web 2.0, social networking, the semantic web, geocoding and many other techniques that skeptics can use more effectively to wage this battle.

Please come to my talk on Sunday, June 22nd at TAM, at 11:20 am, where I will talk further about these topics and set the stage for what this site is going to be all about.

Stay tuned!