So this year I have ventured down to Manchester for the QED conference ;and have decided to liveblog happenings from the conference live from the floor. This page will update and you can follow the action on either my twitter (@endless_psych) or the sites official twitter (@the21stfloor).
The conference is the biggest single skeptical event in the UK and has some fantastic speakers, panels and events.
Including the ;inaugural ;Skeptics Magazine awards.
If you have something to add to the liveblog you can tweet me and I’ll pop it up on here.
Monday 10.46 – Finally home. I can solve the Kindle Mystery. It appears to be in my bag :S
Sunday 12.42 – Fear not folks @Harrison_Peter is taking on the atheists nightmare “THE BANNANA” #QEDcon
Sunday 12.25 – Skeptics will be tucking into lunch about now
Sunday 12.09 – Some skeptics off too critical mass.
Sunday 11.28 – Ian Ridpath in danger of giving away Scotland’s great secret – Irn Bru is the aliens power source… #QEDcon
Sunday 11.26 – It really isn’t CGI is it…
Sunday 11.25 – klaatu barada nikto
Sunday 11.21 – Flying saucers term born out of a misconception
Sunday 11.19 – @dolmiogrin: Standing room only at the god panel. #qedcon
Sunday 11.18 – Ian Ridpath on the main stage
Sunday 11.02 – Edzard Ernst gets so much applause there is no QED
Sunday 10.58 – Quacks and the establishment colluding to silence critics. Shocking.
Sunday 10.56 – @Dalradian: Using Alt med to treat asthma would help save money, as dead people aren’t a drain on nhs funds #qedcon
Sunday 10.51 – The Smallwood report…
Sunday 10.47 – @xtaldave: I’ll just put this here… http://t.co/vnSjD3NS #QEDcon
Sunday 10.46 – @Tannice_: Never mind a review of spiritual healing, @EdzardErnst! When are you going to look into Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing claims!? #QEDcon
Sunday 10.43 – A cherry picking analogy now @woollymammoth one @edskeptics was better though… Mmm tarts…
Sunday 10.39 – @BENWARSOP: Two real wake-up calls for Skeptics at #QEDcon Edzard Ernst today and Ophelia Benson yesterday.
Sunday 10.33 – @EmmaJaynewithaY: Discovering new Alt Med madness in Edzard Ernst’s talk; for example, ‘singing for snoring’ o_O! #qedcon
Sunday 10.32 – @dronegc: Come on, people of #QEDcon using comic sans isn’t a crime.
Sunday 10.23 – @svenrudloff: #qedcon I think the key issue we disagree with Edzard Ernstvis are his typographical choices. #comicsans
Sunday 10.29 – Edzard showing skeptics which alternative health treatments work for which conditions
Sunday 10.24 – Pay attention Burzynksi, Ernst is a truly prodigious academic…
Sunday 10.21 – @epicmacphail: #qedcon anybody made a “homeopathic doses of sleep” joke yet?
Sunday 10.18 – Apparently comic sans has made it’s first appearance…
Sunday 10.17 – “Good morning fellow homeopaths” Edzard Ernst opens the second day of QED
Sunday 10.16 – @java7nerd: 1:07am nerds dance to Frank Turner’s “Glory Hallelujah” before getting kicked out and head off to find karaoke
Saturday 22.13 – Signing off for the night to protect the blushes of drunken skeptics…
Saturday 22.12 – congrats to Robin well deserved win
Saturday 21.27 – Robin Ince wins
Saturday 21.09 – Best event up now
Saturday 21.07 – Pod Delusion have won best podcast.
Saturday 21.06 – Podcast up now
Saturday 21.04 – Congrats to all the skepchicks. Welldone
Saturday 21.03 – DJ Grothe revealing the winner… Skepchick
Saturday 21.02 – Blog awards up now
Saturday 21.01 – Best science video is on the placebo effect
Saturday 21.00 – Best Dalek up next… Oh no wait best science video
Saturday 20.58 – Storm wins best skeptical video. Well done to Tim Minchin, DC Turner and Tracy King
Saturday 20.57 – Mike Hutchinson wins Editors choice.
Saturday 20.50 – the awards proper have began
Saturday 20.48 – the rude illusions are on display
Saturday 20.46 – Ockhams logo on screen
Saturday 20.45 – THREE OF CLUBS
Saturday 20.44 – Richard Wiseman takes to the stage to launch the inaugural skeptics awards
Saturday 20.35 – Awards are coming soon… Who has won?
Saturday 16.25 – @corkskeptics: “Skeptical activism should not only be done, it should be SEEN and HEARD to be done” – Richard Saunders
Saturday 16.23 – Here is the Edinburgh woo sign from Richard Saunders talk around comic relief time (unintentionally funny sign) http://www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com/?p=75
Saturday 15.29 – @BENWARSOP: Woo hoo! We all have the powers of Mummified Egg Girl! #QEDcon
Saturday 15.26 – @PencilBloke: #QEDcon “Unlikely psychics… they think they have powers which nobody has found any need for”.
Saturday 15.20 – Massimos talk is very good thus far
Saturday 15.00 – interesting discussion on role of different types of organisations in Skepticism in activism and outreach there on twitter and on the panel
Saturday 14.54 – Slight mention of Marc Stephens affair from Simon Singh.
Saturday 14.47 – Grassroots engagement plans forming. If any organisers or skeptivists interested I think we should have a meet in the bar later?
Saturday 14.37 – “we should professionalise our endeavours to compete with our cultural competitors” @DJGrothe
Saturday 14.34 – @kashfarooq: “Hoover the talking seal is better than Jesus” – @Therematrix #QEDCon
Saturday 14.27 – Lots of people tweeting on the smart phones, iPads an laptops they’ve brought to QED in amazement about extremely retro-tech
Saturday 14.22 – @Tannice_: Solicitor at Skeptics Beyond the Pub recommends looking at ‘Early Resolution’ website if accused of libel #QEDcon http://t.co/KYXsjnIV
Saturday 14.18 – Many people clearly enrapt by Sarah Anglis talk judging by the #qedcon hashtag
Saturday 14.17 – What counts as skeptical outreach? Blogging? Podcasting? Events?
Saturday 14.14 – How well do people think the JREF support grassroots skepticism? Perhaps better in the US than UK?
Saturday 14.09 – Waiting for tech gremlins to be ironed out at Skeptics beyond the pub.
Saturday 13.24 – Ophellia Benson in the main room talking about religion and Wiseman, French and co above on psychics
Saturday 12.10 – Lunch now. A great morning thus far.
Saturday 11.58 – Lot of psychologists at QED a bit annoyed by panel discussion it seems. We may rise up!
Saturday 11.51 – sounds like the science and skepticism panel is somewhat contentious… If you are a medic or psychologist at least…
Saturday 11.32 – David Aaranovitch is taking us down the conspiracy rabbit hole via the spectrum of horniness
Saturday 11.24 – If we didn’t have stupidity to debunk what would we do as skeptics?
Saturday 11.22 – We could tell you more about this talk on conspiracy theories but then we would have to kill you (@Dalaradian)
Saturday 11.20 – @Richardwiseman giving nothing away about awards winners…
Saturday 11.19 – in just in time for David Aaronovitch
Saturday 11.00 – Cryptobotany coined as a term live at QED
Saturday 10.57 – Skeptical readers of live blog doubt I am talking to evolution
Saturday 10.42 – Women more like chimps than men says evolution.
Saturday 10.52 – “Anyone on a raw food diet should be dead in six months”
Saturday 10.48 – Paranormal Investigations Group Sussex (PIGS) an investigative team run by ex-policemen…
Saturday 10.43 – we are explaining Hayley’s hair. It’s easier to explain than Rhys…
Saturday 10.40 – There are big cats in Wiltshire according to @hayleystevens (in Longleat Safari park)
Saturday 10.36 – Hot Beaver action with Jo Nickell… (as an explanation for lake monsters)
Saturday 10.31 – No folk dancing or incest at Steve Jones talk @jo_hockey disappointed
Saturday 10.30 – QED Elevatorgate: there is no floor 13!!!
Saturday 10.26 – “Evolution is genetics plus time” says Steve Jones debunking creationists.
Saturday 10.24 – Apparently the Scandinavian countries have highest rates of belief in evolution.
Saturday 10.22 – Werewolves – big in France
Saturday 10.21 – Jo Nickell invoking Occams razor in the cryptozoology
Saturday 10.00 – Great opening talk for QEDcon
Saturday 09.58 – Wolves are people too!!!
Saturday 09.44 – Deborah Hyde has Spice Girls and Buble albums…
Saturday 09.39 – “The Domincans wielded their heresy hammer”
Saturday 09.34 – The roots of werewolf mythology being extreme mental illness?
Saturday 09.30 – A few attendees fancy being changed into were-hamsters…
Saturday 10th 09.27 – Jourdemayne (Deborah Hyde) talking about Werewolves. I wish I was a werewolf.
Saturday 10th 09.18 – Fire safety. I’m tweeting. Grab me or I will burn.
Saturday 10th 09.14 – Andy Wilson opening the conference. Scots louder than the Welsh…
Saturday 10th 09.00 – It should be time to start.
Saturday 10th 08.59 – Yes there is a Dalek.
Saturday 10th 08.40 – There is a Dalek. A DALEK!!!
Saturday 10th 08.13 – We have become aware of the waking of the kraken… Or @rhysmorgan
Saturday 10th 07.53 – Good morning QED types sleep well?
Saturday 10th 00.43 – Hostel crew back to sleep. Good night John Boy
Friday 9th 23.26 – Also in the hotel this evening: the Hulme High School formal.
Friday 9th 20.59 – Just been down to see the Evangelical picket of QED
Friday 9th 20.24 – We are all in the process of being registered. Now everyone I have argued with on the Internet will know who I am!
Friday 9th 19.04 – oh sorry it’s just Rhys
Friday 9th 19.03 – just saw Laurie Penny!
Friday 9th 18.35 – Newcastle Skeptics organiser in trouser shortage shock!
Friday 9th 18.32 – So many skeptics…
Friday 9th 18.28 – we fear there may be an interloper at QED. @blithelyob …
Friday 9th 17.37 – We are now skeptical that Delingpole is Delingpole on twitter.
Friday 9th 17.04 – James Delingpole wonders if we are “skeptical” of climate change…
Friday 9th 16.53 – in the hotel bar with many more skeptical types. Hot laptop and business card action a go go!
Friday 9th 15.10 – The Morgans are on the way! Beware Manchester! BEWARE!
Friday 9th 14.00 – We hear @Hayleystevens who has arrived (she hasn’t officially arrived until she gets to the Tweetup)
Friday 9th 13.52 QED tweet up at MOSI feat. @skepticzone @the_crazy_dwarf @kash_farooq and others.
Friday 10.04 – You can add a QED twibbon via here http://twibbon.com/join/QEDcon
Friday 9th 09.53 – Oh and morning. It’s raining. 3CR were not meteorologists.
Friday 9th 09.52 – @xtalDave has posted his visage on twitter and askesays all to say hi
Friday 9th 02:54 – bedtime, tweet up tomorrow! Looking forward to it.
Friday 9th 00:00 – QED is tomorrow! Let us know if your travelling up today and who you are excited to see!