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TAM6: A belated retrospective

20/11/2008

The time came and went for a comprehensive guide to my TAM6 experience, so now, I will talk about what I learned and what I gained, five months on.

I think I summarised my feelings about the convention in my previous post but five months on, I no longer feel as…well…ranty.

TAM6 kind of turned me off from the whole “skeptical movement” for a while.  Offering another set of answers is not the best way to steer people away from nonsense. Instead, trying to promote the skills that lead people to skepticism in the first place is possibly more effective.

But that’s my husband’s rant.

TAM6 made me realise that what TAM gives to me is a sense of belonging. I have a strong emotional attachment to the skeptical community and the sense of family it brings. It’s like church camp used to be.  At TAM5 I was excited about the idea of rubbing elbows with famous people. At TAM6 I just wanted to have a good time. I met some famous people but I felt less like a fan, and more like a colleague. I realised that the celebrities aren’t as interesting as some of the less famous people who do interesting work. And more interesting than them? The people who are, like me, fans of skepticism who make skepticism part of their daily lives. I enjoyed TAM, but in the following months I’ve moved away from skepticism as a major part of my life. (However, recently I’ve found a reason to resurrect it.)

So yeah. Not a detailed thought provoking post, but a post. At long last.

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One Comment
  1. podblack permalink
    03/01/2009 2:51 pm

    I have to get you guys over to Dragon*Con.

    I met M at TAM3, it was different then. It feels kind of like TAM3 at D*C. 🙂 Besides, if you get sick of people shmoozing and dribbling over ‘skeptical heroes’, you can bugger off and check out people being just as irrational about the third-actor-who-was-in-some-Star-Trek-film and how that isn’t really much use either.

    Besides – people wearing costumes. And some people in skepticism are really sweet and worth your time and aren’t dribbly. 🙂

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