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, (confirmation pending), 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

Bob Novella, co-founder and host of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast

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

Brian Palermo, actor, author, and science communication advocate

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

John Wathey, computational biologist and author

Karen Yuen, Science Data Applications Lead, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

 

Weekend Entertainment 

These events will be open to the public, are sold separately and included for all Weekend Pass for conference attendees.

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!

“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. 

Sunday MusiCal Event 

Talented musician, entertainer and skeptic George Hrab performs – experience original songs, stories and interesting covers. An intimate evening of curious compositions. (Dining also available for purchase.)