Another dispatch from TAM…alternative medicine and other panels

Like P.Z., I’ve been busy, busy, busy. TAM is a whirlwind of activity. Yesterday morning, I did my talk for the Science-Based Medicine workshop. Turnout was damned near standing room only, which makes me ask: Why would so many people be interested in hearing five somewhat geeky doctors pontificate about recurring themes in alternative medicine? Or me pontificating about “toxins”? Ah, well, there’s no accounting for taste.

One hugely gratifying thing that’s happened already is that one of you, my readers, provided me with a needed bit of accessorizing for my badge. I had no idea such things existed or could be found in the U.S., but it’s perfect:


This completes the look for the meeting:


Tomorrow I’ll be on a panel; so today is just a day to hang out and soak in the science and skepticism and then to go and see Paul Provenza’s ¡SATIRISTAS!. Then, there’s Penn Jillette’s Penn Jillette’s Private Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party with his NoGodBand. The problem is, it doesn’t start until 11:30 PM, and I’m still on East Coast time, which means it’ll feel like 2:30 AM. Can a middle-aged geek last that long? I don’t know, but I might not; I can’t afford to do my panel Saturday morning sleep-deprived. On the other hand, maybe that would be better, for entertainment value at least.

Finally, to complete this post, which has managed to ramble even though it’s way shorter than 95% of my posts, it’s been suggested to me that we should have some sort of Respectful Insolence meetup. Potential times I see are either lunch today or tomorrow or sometime Saturday night at the hotel bar. Those of you who are here in Las Vegas, e-mail me, accost me in the hall, or otherwise let me know if you’re interested.