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The MISkeptics November Get Together: Nuclear Power

Dr. Ron Fleming

Three years ago we hosted Dr. Ron Fleming as our special guest. He is an expert on nuclear engineering and a retired professor from the University or Michigan.

To this day, that remains one of our most popular talks.

This month we are proud to announce that we will have Dr. Fleming back to talk to us about nuclear energy. He will also update us on things he has learned since then. Such as:

• There are new lessons-learned from Fukushima.

• There are some insights into Michigan’s electricity regulation.

• There are new bi-lateral agreements: Canada-China, China-UK, Iran-US et al.

Come and join us for lively discussion, drinks, dinner and debate! This is a good event for Skeptics of Michigan to come together and discuss local, national, worldwide items affecting skeptics. All are welcome to listen and participate.

Reservations are required. You can RSVP at our Meetup Page or our Facebook Page.

I hope to see you all there!

The Boy Who Played With Fusion; MISkeptics Get Together

Author and photojournalist Tom Clynes

On Saturday July 18th, the Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics and the Michigan Skeptics Association will be together hosting an exciting meetup with Ann Arbor science writer, Tom Clynes, who will talk about his new book, “The Boy Who Played With Fusion.”

The book centers around a young science prodigy, Taylor Wilson, inspired by the idea of coming up with new ways to discover isotopes, sought out to build his own nuclear fusion reactor.

Author Clynes’s book also discusses the complex issue of parenting gifted children, and the nature of what is seemingly unlimited potential in exceptional young people, like Taylor Wilson.

We will be meeting in one of the private rooms at CJ’s Brewing Company, which is a small restaurant located inside Compuware Arena on Beck Road (just off of M-14, approximately 10 minutes from Ann Arbor). The hosts will be able to direct you to our meeting area, and there will be Michigan Skeptics signs as well.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we’ll start the discussion at approximately 5:00pm.

There is no cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses are appreciated.

The MISkeptics Get Together: Will we be the Borg?

Author Jonathan Stars
Jonathan Stars is a writer, database consultant, musician, comedian, and songwriter. He has written over 100 articles on computers, music, and software. His latest novel is the techno-thriller “N-hanced.”

This month we are talking about the future of technology. Our featured speaker will be Jonathan Stars.

In this talk Jonathan will tell us about the promise and peril of our coming relationship with computers.  According to inventor and futurist, Ray Kurzweil (among others), in the next few years our lives will be dramatically changed by advances in robotics, genetics and nanotechnology.  Kurzweil predicts a technological singularity that will arrive around 2045, where people will need to have their intellects mechanically enhanced in order to keep up with the accelerating changes.

You may be surprised to find the future is closer than you think.

Jonathan Stars is a writer, database consultant, musician, comedian, and songwriter. He has written over 100 articles on computers, music, and software.  His latest novel is the techno-thriller “N-hanced.” (Learn more at www.N-hanced.com).

Come and join us for lively discussion, drinks, dinner and debate! This is a good event for Skeptics of Michigan to come together and discuss local, national, worldwide items affecting skeptics. All are welcome to listen and participate.

We are meeting at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 14th in Plymouth, Michigan. Details are in the RSVP Links.

You can RSVP via our Meetup Page, Our Facebook Page, or our Google Plus Page.

Please be sure to RSVP so I know how many are coming.

MISkeptics is accepting donations! You can contribute to our future endeavors by following this link, or in person at any Get Together. You can donate with your credit card or drop money into the donation jar.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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