September 2017 – Neil Postman – Amusing Ourselves to Death

A discussion of two of Neil Postman’s books: (all book title links are to Amazon.ca) Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), which, in its analysis of the effect of television on the degradation of public discourse in the USA, starkly foreshadowed the arguably sorry state of American politics and culture today. Postman’s premise is that television’s inherent...

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June 2017 – Artificially Intelligent Enough – the Coming Upheaval

Presenter Speaking Notes – – My talk today is about two aspects of what has come to be known as Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short. The first part of my talk will be about something called the “Singularity” and the second part will be about a much more imminent, and perhaps just as significant, event or series of events for which no single easy term...

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April 2017 – The lives and deaths of stars and what that means for us.

Guest speaker: Jennifer Fallis Starhunter, Ph.D. Nuclear Astrophysics, North Island College. Nuclear astrophysics is the study of the properties of atomic nuclei to explain how stars burn and what happens when they explode. It is a branch of astrophysics, which uses our knowledge of physics to explain what astronomers observe in the sky: why stars and galaxies...

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