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Old 5th September 2013, 05:16 AM   #81
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In keeping with the sub-forum this is in (Skeptical Events), I should also mention some of the sciencey/skeptical things that took place:

There was, in fact, a TEDx conference within Burning Man. A few of the talks were "fluff", that is: They didn't say much but tried to get people excited. But, a few were interesting or productive in some manner: Including new solutions for the impoverished in Mexico and the history and future of a certain word that begins with F. Much of it was well attended.

There was also an Unconference, a SkeptiCamp/BarCamp-like event on the schedule, though its turnout was very poor. I decided not to do my own SkeptiCamp Black Rock event.

The problems with the Unconference were twofold: They didn't put enough marketing into exactly what it was. I had to explain it better to everyone I could, myself. I probably got more people (less than half a dozen) in there, than the real organizers did.
Also, they had the 5-minute Spark talks going on for much of the same time, so more people watched those instead.

All of those, so far, took place at what is called the "PlayaSkool", often stylized as "Play)A(Skool".

In addition, a few other camps offered some science discussions and lectures. For example, a camp called "Phage Symposiums" offered a few talks on biology and biotech.

And, then there were the little places and events, such as MathCamp (a safe place for mathematicians), or the Athiest/Agnostics Party at a difference camp (which included live music performances from Shelley Segal), etc.

So, even though MOST of Burning Man is certainly NOT about science or skepticism. And, in fact, a lot of it is steeped in woo (The "spirituality" of The Temple, the explanations given behind the various forms of massage offered); there is probably ENOUGH to call good chunks of it a "Skeptical Event", anyway.

Thus, I feel justified in keeping this thread in this sub-forum. Thank you.
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Old 8th September 2013, 01:29 PM   #82
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Popped in to make sure Wowbagger had come back from Burning Man. Had to know if he was home safe or his bones were slowly bleaching in the sun because his carcass couldn't be bartered for a hemp t-shirt
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Old 9th September 2013, 08:43 AM   #83
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It's a gift economy. Not so much a barter economy.

The bleaching bones of my carcass no one wanted. The hemp shirts were gifted anyway.

That's what makes Burning Man special.
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Popped in to make sure Wowbagger had come back from Burning Man. Had to know if he was home safe or his bones were slowly bleaching in the sun because his carcass couldn't be bartered for a hemp t-shirt
I wonder if he even went? We have no evidence.
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Old 9th September 2013, 09:51 AM   #85
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I wonder if he even went? We have no evidence.
Attached is a photo of me on my bike, with the "Safety Third!" sign attached to the top of the helmet. (as described in one of my previous posts.)

I do have tons of other photos and videos I will eventually share, once I sort through and censor them.

Other forms of evidence includes: Souvenirs I have taken home (pendants, bolts and nails from The Man's ashes, my ticket, etc.), testimony from witnesses (including a few from skeptical groups), and receipts from things bought going to and from the place.

In addition, I am willing to be interrogated. I can convey anything you want to know about this year's Burning Man as I witnessed and remembered it. Then you can see if my information corroborates with others'.

I think that should add up to a reasonably significant pile of evidence, yes?

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Attached is a photo of me on my bike, with the "Safety Third!" sign attached to the top of the helmet. (as described in one of my previous posts.)
Anything can be Photoshopped.

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In addition, I am willing to be interrogated.
Would you consent to being strip searched by Phlebas?
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Old 9th September 2013, 11:00 AM   #87
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Good stuff! I found this supplementary thread on burning man 2013 and the sights which I'll add to this party...never been myself but it looks intensivo!

Here there are lots of lovely great pictures of one guy's experience and of crazy people having fun, just being arty and matey and generally I think looking out for one another for free at this festie. Or ar least somewhat inexpensively it seems - once all necessary kit or er equipment has been found.

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-...os-2013-9?op=1
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