The Amaz!ng Meeting 2011:

Speakers Announced and Registration Opened for Annual Celebration of Science and Skepticism

—The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) today announced the official speaker lineup for The Amaz!ng Meeting 2011 in Las Vegas. The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) is an annual celebration of science, skepticism and critical thinking, where skeptical thinkers from around the world gather to share ideas and learn from a host of distinguished guest speakers and panelists.

“People come to TAM to learn, to be entertained, and to enjoy the warmth and community of hundreds of like-minded people,” JREF President D.J. Grothe said. “At the center of all of that is the TAM program. We’re proud to say that we think this is one of the best programs we’ve ever had.”

Musician and Geologic Podcast host George Hrab is the new Master of Ceremonies for the TAM 2011 program, which includes:

  • NOVA ScienceNOW's Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • Social scientist and author Carol Tavris

  • The Planetary Society’s Bill Nye

  • False memory investigator Elizabeth Loftus

  • Magicians Penn & Teller

  • NCSE’s Eugenie Scott

  • The Amaz!ng One James Randi

  • Science writer Jennifer Ouellette

  • Mythbuster Adam Savage

  • Author and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht

  • Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss

  • Illustrator and storyteller Sara E. Mayhew

  • Pharyngula’s PZ Myers

  • Astronomy Cast’s Pamela Gay

  • The Skeptic Society’s Michael Shermer

  • Skepchick's Rebecca Watson

  • Science Based Medicine’s Steve Novella

  • Skeptically Speaking’s Desiree Schell

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait

  • Neuroscientists and Sleights of Mind authors Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde

  • Point of Inquiry's Karen Stollznow

  • Magician and psychologist Richard Wiseman

  • Rationally Speaking‘s Julia Galef

  • Honest Liar Jamy Ian Swiss

  • Skepdoc Harriet Hall

  • JREF President D. J. Grothe

  • Blag Hag’s Jennifer McCreight

  • Respectful Insolence’s David Gorski

  • Skeptic Zone’s Rachael Dunlop

  • Australian Skeptics’s Richard Saunders

  • Brain Science Podcast’s Ginger Campbell

  • Skeptical Inquirer’s Ben Radford

  • Surly Amy Davis Roth

  • Mentalist Banachek

  • Sex and culture blogger Greta Christina

  • Women Thinking Free Foundation’s Elyse Anders

  • Paranormal Investigator Joe Nickell

  • JREF Communications Director Sadie Crabtree

  • ...and more! See the full list at

Hands-on workshops include Defending Evolution, Organizing Skeptics, Advancing Skepticism Online, Investigating Monster Mysteries, Raising Skeptics and many others. (

This year’s TAM will also feature as one of its themes a special space science and skepticism focus, titled “TAM 9 From Outer Space” with a keynote address from science superstar and TAM favorite Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Evening entertainment will include a Game Show and Variety Hour with Skepchick editor Rebecca Watson, magician and mentalist Max Maven’s “Thinking in Person,” a night of skeptical stand-up comedians presented  by Showtime’s Green Room host Paul Provenza, and a private party put on by magician and skeptic Penn Jillette called The Rock and Roll, Donut and Bacon Party.

TAM 2011 will be held July 14-17 at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conference registration is now online at

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The James Randi Educational Foundation was founded in 1996 to expose charlatans and help people defend themselves from paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. The JREF offers a still-unclaimed million-dollar reward for anyone who can produce evidence of paranormal abilities under controlled conditions. Through scholarships, workshops, and innovative resources for educators, the JREF works to inspire this investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers. |