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March 2012

Will Holding a Gun Make You Think Others Are Too? New Research Says Yes.

Research from the University of Notre Dame that shows a person’s bias to see guns in the hands of others is increased when the subject is holding a gun. The research, which will be published in the soon-to-be released issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance showed that subjects holding a toy gun were more likely to perceive the image of a person they were looking at to be holding a gun as opposed to another type of object.

Our April 14th Get Together Is All About Hitch

This Month is going to be our tribute to Christopher Hitchens. As you remember, we were supposed to do this in January but had to do something different because the venue closed down at the last minute. So, as April is his birth month, we are going to pay tribute to him today.

New Evidence Knocks Down Daryl Bems Claim of Psychic Proof

A new study fails to replicate controversial research that suggested the existence of psychic abilities.

Great Lakes Ice Coverage Down 71 Percent Since 1973

The American Meteorological Society says that the amount of ice covering the Great Lakes has decreased over 71% in the past 40 years. A drop that the author of the report attributes to climate change, El Nino and La Nina. The report published last month said only about 5 percent of the Great Lakes surface froze over this year.

Debate: Is Christianity Good For American Politics?

CFI Michigan is hosting a debate between two prominent authors and political commentators, Dinesh D’Souza and Susan Jacoby. The topic for the debate is going to be “Is Christiantity Good for American Politics?” When: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids, MI Cost: TBD Join us for a […]

The Facts Behind The Kony 2012 Video

Last week Invisible Children, a non-profit organization founded and head by film maker Jason Russell, released a 30 minute documentary video called “Kony 2012″. The documentary details a Ugandan warlord/rebel named Joseph Kony and the crimes he has committed against civilians and children. The documentary video went viral in a few days with over 37 million views. But how does the documentary do on getting it’s facts straight about him?

Announcing: Cafe Inquiry (sponsored by Center for Inquiry)

Beginning on Sunday, March 25th, and regularly occuring on the fourth Sunday of each month, there will be a Cafe Inquiry (sponsored by Center For Inquiry).  It will be held at CJ’s Brewing Company, 14900 Beck Rd., Plymouth, MI, from 1:00 – 3:00pm. A Cafe Inquiry get-together consists of everyone participating in a discussion about several predetermined topics […]

Are Computers Better Than People At Detecting When People Lie?

Can computer software detect lies at a better rate than people? Scientific Anerican reports that researchers at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York claim that their software, which analyzes eye movement can determine a lie with 82.5% accuracy.

Is Thorium a Suitable Alternative Nuclear Fuel?

Our Get Together this Saturday, March 10th will feature Dr. Ron Fleming, Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Fleming will be talking to us about Nuclear Science. The current technology involved in nuclear power generation along with new and different ideas. One of the ideas he will be speaking about is Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTR). Many of you probably have heard about them, there has been a small buzz on the Internet about them. We brought The good doctor in to educate us about LFTR technology and to counter the rumors going around.

The Sad State of NASA’s Information and Cyber Security

Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology by Paul K. Martin, Inspector General for NASA revealed the ongoing issues with NASA’s Security efforts. He highlighted five issues of main concern, Lack of full awareness of Agency-wide IT security posture; Shortcomings in implementing a continuous monitoring approach to IT security; Slow pace of encryption for NASA laptop computers and other mobile devices; Ability to combat sophisticated cyber attacks; and Transition to cloud computing.