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The Skeptics Are Coming, The Skeptics Are Coming

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As has been noted already, today is Friday the 13th, one of the most ominous dates on the calendar. As if to prove a point about the silliness of superstitions, the Skeptics Society opens their annual conference in Pasadena today. The Skeptics Society Conference on Brain, Mind and Consciousness will start with a party at the Westin Hotel at 6 PM, followed by Bob "Madman of Magic" Friedhoffer's magic stage show and Mark Edward's mentalism show.

Things get serious on Saturday with panels and lectures at Caltech, including Michael Shermer on the "Demon-Haunted Brain,"MICHAEL SHERMER: “Demon-Haunted Brain,” Christof Koch on "The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach, " and Steven Quartz on "Neuroeconomics and the Search for 'Cool'"

Fractal art above by Paul DeCelle