This is the audio recording of the 02/16 meet-up with Carl Cohen. The topic for the get-together was to better acquaint ourselves with Cohen’s arguments that animals do not have rights, and thus can be used for animal testing.
Carl Cohen is a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan. You can find out more about his activisim in a variety of controversial areas by visiting his wikipedia page.
I’ve provided a list of conversation highlights and time marks for easier locating: (how Carl Cohen become involved in animal rights at 1:00), (on animals being used in research at 5:00), (explaining rights and obligations at 9:00), (what animal research would be too far or not allowable at 15:00), a discussion of rights and interests at 24:00), (how animals were used in testing Polio vaccines at 32:00), (on using mice in labs at 44:00), (on Nobel prizes in medicine based on animal research at 53:00), (on “consent” at 1:00:00), (analogy between animals and humans who are cognitively impaired at 1:08:00), (on pain and suffering at 1:14:00), (return to “consent” and sex with animals at 1:22:00).
This is the audio recording of the 01/19 meet-up with Sean Tulin. The topic for the get-together was to help better understand the discovery of the Higgs Bosun, and its importance to the Standard Model of Physics. We also talk a bit about the hunt for dark matter, quantum mechanics, and the early formation of the universe.
Sean Tulin is a theoretical particle physicist at the University of Michigan.
This is the audio recording of the 09/22 meet-up with paranormal investigator, Chris Bailey, of Grimstone Inc.. The topic for the get-together was for skeptics to get a better understanding of paranormal investigations; and the distinction between how Grimstone does them versus how typical ghost hunting groups do them. And Chris was gracious enough to respond to our members about our skepticism of paranormal phenomena. For more information about Grimstone Inc., please visit www.grimstone-inc.com.
In preparation for the documentary screening, Vanishing of the Bees, on July 11th, I spoke with Ann Arbor beekeeper, Richard Mendel, about the science of beekeeping. We also talk about honeybee colony collapse disorder, as well as the organization of which he’s a contributing member, the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
This is the audio recording of the 06/16 meetup with Dr. Simon Lunn. The topic for the get-together was about stem cell research, and in particular how it’s being studied for therapeutic treatments for neurological diseases like ALS.
In this casual group conversation, Dr. Lunn provided a really thorough overview of the topic, particularly about the types of stem cells, how they grow in the lab, are extracted and injected into patients.