I find myself of two minds about Skepticon this year. On the one hand, it was a mixed bag emotionally and full of a fair amount of stress. On the other hand, I met awesome people and it was awesome and I really want to go again.
I’m not sure how to reconcile those feelings, but ultimately, they translate pretty well to a sense of, “These are my people; I have to see them again”.
More generally, I just love the language everyone uses at Skepticon. Everyone seems to care deeply about the accuracy of their words. Strong statements are couched in verbal error bars, conjectures are labeled as such, care is taken to use appropriate language, speakers remind audiences not to take them at their word. Nothing is holy, with the possible exception of citations. Phrases like “evidence-based sex” are uttered. Poly is talked about openly and skeptically. Diversity speakers are applauded when they criticize the skeptic movement.
I feel like these are my people. I feel like going back.