LogiCal-LA 2018 brings many 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.
Speaker’s attendance is subject to change. .
Our Friday evening Panel of Speakers
Bob Novella is a co-founder and Vice-President of the New England Skeptical Society. He co-hosts the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast and blogs for SGU’s Rogues Gallery. He has also written numerous articles that are widely published in skeptical literature. Bob’s scientific interests lie in the extremes, from the gargantuan to the infinitesimal: astronomy and cosmology to particle physics and quantum mechanics. He is especially fascinated by the human capacity for self-deception and anticipated future technologies such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and human augmentation.
Donald Prothero is an American paleontologist, geologist, and author who specializes in mammalian paleontology. His research has been in the field of magnetostratigraphy, a technique to date rock layers of the Cenozoic era and its use to date the climate changes which occurred 30-40 million years ago. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books and over 250 scientific papers, including five geology textbooks.
Ross Blocher emerged from a childhood of Bible memorization, literal Creationism, and numerous books about ghosts and aliens as an adult with a keen interest in belief and the paranormal. Along with his co-host Carrie Poppy, Ross investigates fringe science, spirituality and all manner of extraordinary claims first-hand for the podcast “Oh No, Ross and Carrie!” He is also a decade-long member of the Independent Investigation Group, helping design and administer challenges to test extraordinary claims for a $100,000 prize.
Margaret Downey is the founder and president of The Freethought Society. She has represented the Skeptic community for eight years at the worlds-largest fantasy and Science Fiction convention. DragonCon is held every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Margaret organizes and conducts the skeptic entry in the world-famous DragonCon parade. The entry includes funny characters and a “Skeptics in History” section. The entry is recognized as “the most educational” section of the parade and Margaret considers it the perfect example of positive Skeptic outreach.