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The End of the World is Coming! (again) Let’s Have a Party

The Michigan Skeptics Association 4th annual End of the World Party will be on February 21st at 6:30 PM in Ypsilanti. Come for food and entertainment. Stay because that might be the last party. Ever.

Nelson Mandela for our January Get Together

On Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 PM, we’re teaming up with Minority Atheists of Michigan to talk about Nelson Mandela. We will cut through the hype and hyperbole and learn the facts of his life and work. We will learn about the good and the bad and decide for ourselves who he was.

Notre Dame Professor Debunks Christian Myth of Persecution

Candida Moss, a professor of early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame and a practicing Catholic, wants to shatter what she calls the “myth” of martyrdom in the Christian faith.

The MISkeptics May Get Together: 12 Angry Men

This month we are going to watch a classic in critical thinking and a classic in its own right, 12 Angry Men. We’re going to see the movie then review the logical problems in it.

It’s Time For Our Annual Darwin Day Event

This month we are going to celebrate Darwin Day. February marks Charles Darwin’s 204th birthday. We have a documentary, a presentation and games with prizes planned.

This Saturday: A guided tour of The Henry Ford

We’ve got a little treat lined up. Our very own Diane has managed to score us a guided tour of Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford Museum.

This two hour event also includes the archives that are normally off-limits to normal visitors, including the giant refrigerated area designed to preserve artifacts and items. Bring a jacket, it will probably get chilly in there!

The MISkeptics September Get Together: 9/11

This September 11th will mark the 11th anniversary of one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. Today we’re going to talk about the facts of that day as well as some of the more popular conspiracy theories about it.

Michigan Skeptics is Celebrating Alan Turing’s 100th Birthday

This month is the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s Birth. It’s also the 58th anniversary of his tragic death. So this month at our monthly Get Together we’re going to celebrate the father of modern computing and the one of the key architects of the allied victory in World War II. We’re going to learn about his life and his accomplishments and also the events that lead up his death by suicide in 1954.

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?

Evidence Found for Alan Turing’s 1950s Tiger Stripe Theory

Physorg.com is reporting on an online posting in the Nature Genetics journal that Alan Turing’s 1952 theory of Morphogenesis. The study, funded by the Medical Research Council and to be published online in Nature Genetics, not only demonstrates a mechanism which is likely to be widely relevant in vertebrate development, but also provides confidence that chemicals called morphogens, which control these patterns, can be used in regenerative medicine to differentiate stem cells into tissue.