As many of you remember we were very concerned when we found out that Deepak Chopra would be a keynote speaker at the Children’s Autism Conference being held in Edmonton today. In spite of media attention calling them out for this poor choice, as well as petitions and letters sent to their director they did not remove him from the scheduling, but instead offered a small justification that he was coming to talk about ”wellness”, which affects everyone.
Regularly we are found demonstrating at these types of pseudoscience events to promote critical thinking. We have information leaflets at the ready for those interested in learning more about our position and it is always peaceful and non-confrontational. We have had many interesting conversations as a result. We have demonstrated in front of events for the Long Island Medium, James Van Praagh and David Avocado Wolfe. At the end of April we intend on demonstrating at the Jon Edwards event in the same way.
Unfortunately, as this particular event is being held at the River Cree Casino, we are unable to demonstrate in front of the building as they also own the parking lot area, which is a large lot. The nearest street is a busy road connecting people to the casino but also to Costco. It has no sidewalk. For these reasons we feel it is unsafe for our members to be demonstrating this event, especially since the possibility of conversation and handing out information is also removed as there will be no one walking into the event from this route.
Instead, we encourage you to send your concerns to the conference organizers, in the hopes that they will not consider inviting any speakers who offer only pseudoscience, and only invite those who offer evidence based information at any of their future events. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org