Sex education in the United States is in crisis. Many schools are still teaching ineffective, religiously-based abstinence-only sex education, and few states require sex education to be based on science and medicine. Even when comprehensive sex ed is taught, topics like homosexuality and sexual pleasure are left out. Ginny, Benny, and Miri discuss their experience as sex educators, their perspectives on the issues facing sex ed in the United States, and where to go from here.
People who practice polyamory and other styles of open relationships comprise a group that is rapidly growing in numbers and visibility. What IS polyamory, anyway? Don’t we get jealous? How do we manage our schedules? Why is such a large proportion of skeptics and atheists practicing polyamory, and what issues does the community face as it moves forward?
Miri Mogilevsky, Heina Dadabhoy, Sasha Pixlee, Jesse Menard, Ania Bula, Alexander Gonzalez, Benny
So you want to run a conference. Everybody’s doing it. Tune in to this session to find out what you need to know to make yours work.
With JT Eberhard, Ben Blanchard, Lauren Lane, and Joshua Preston.
Starts at 4 PM Central!
The press often portrays environmental activism as being at odds wiith science, but the putative divide is news to those working on protecting biodiversity. A panel of bloggers from the biodiversity-centric Coyot.es Network discusses.
With Chris Clarke, Madhusudan Katti, Jennifer Campbell-Smith, and Patrick Donnelly-Shores.
Starts at 9 PM Central!
Multiple personalities? Personality disorders? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) contains a list of all recognized mental illnesses. How valid is it? Kate will look at the best and worst mental health diagnoses and talk about what makes for useful skepticism when it comes to mental health.
With Kate Donovan.
Starts at 6 PM Central!
Panel will cover what the experience of chronic pain is like, why the skeptic community should care, how the skeptic community can be welcoming and accessible to people in pain, common myths and truths about chronic pain, and good resources for skeptical perspectives on chronic pain.
With Stephanie Zvan, Ania Bula, Emiy Finke, Chana Messinger, Emily Harte, and Mitchell Greenbaum.
Starts at 11 AM Central!