Speakers

LogiCal-LA 2018 brings 15 exciting speakers and panelists to the Los Angeles area for an inspiring weekend of critical thinking and skepticism, science education and nightly entertainment. Skeptic and entertainer George Hrab returns as emcee. 

Professor Lawrence M. Krauss, the internationally known theoretical physicist and cosmologist, will give the keynote address at LogiCal-LA 2018 on Sunday afternoon. 

Other speakers and panelists include:

Yvette D’Entremont, Science blogger SciBabe, scientist, writer, public speaker

Diane Goldstein, Lt. Commander (Ret.), Board Secretary at LEAP

Pascal Gagneux, Ph.D., UC San Diego School of Medicine

Abby Hafer, doctorate in zoology, professor at Curry College, speaker, writer, and humanist 

Harriet Hall, Retired Air Force flight surgeon and family physician, “The SkepDoc”

Sheldon W. Helms, professor of psychology, Ohlone College, ShelShocked science, and skepticism podcast 

Cheryl Hollinger, biology teacher, TIES (Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science)

Julien Musolino, cognitive scientist, author, and professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Alex J. O’Connor, owner of the Cosmic Skeptic blog and YouTube channel

Brian Palermo, actor, author, and science communication advocate

Sian Proctor  geology professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jamy Ian Swiss, skeptic, magician, comedian, artist: The Honest Liar

John Wathey, computational biologist and author

 

Speaker’s attendance is subject to change. For more detailed bios and names of the presentations go HERE.

 

Friday Panel Discussion, 5:30pm

Our panel discussion (free and open to the public) will open up the conference with current day events, the direction of scientific skepticism and other important topics.  This event is free and open to the public.  Panelists include with Bob Novella from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Margaret Downey from the Freethought Society, Ross Blocher from the ‘Oh No Ross and Carrie’ podcast, science communicator Cara Santa Maria from the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. (pending confirmation) and Donald Prothero, paleontologist, geologist, author. and leader of the Monday field trip.  The great George Hrab will moderate.

 

Weekend Entertainment 

The following events will be open to the public, are sold separately but are included in the Weekend Pass and Weekend Pass Plus tickets.

Friday MagiCal Event

Jamy Ian Swiss performs “Shattering Illusions,” an hour-long show of magic and mentalism, laughs and gasps, that dances across the borderlines of where science and magic meet wonder. An entertaining experience of interactive amazement that you won’t want to miss! This event is included in the Weekend Passm but also available as an individual event for $25.

“Jamy Ian Swiss is James Bond with a deck of cards as a pistol!” —Penn & Teller

“Swiss is widely thought to have one of the most masterly sleight-of-hand techniques in the world today!” — The New Yorker

“It looks bloody supernatural!” — Richard Dawkins

Saturday Night ComiCal Comedy Event

Documentary director/producer Emery Emery presents a fantastic night of comedy by Los Angeles area skeptical comedians.  This event is included in the Weekend Pass.  Sold as an individual event for $25.

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Sunday MusiCal Event 

Talented musician, entertainer and skeptic George Hrab performs – experience original songs, stories and interesting covers. An intimate evening of curious compositions. This event is not included in the “Weekend Pass” and is sold separately ($25). Also available with dinner $70.