February 12, 2017 meeting

I think we would all agree yesterday’s meeting was one of our best, thanks to our guest speaker Professor Don Donderi, the author of UfOs, ETs And Alien Abductions: A Scientist Looks At The Evidence.

Prof Donderi,  PhD, associate professor (retired), McGill University Department of Psychology, teaches a ten-week course in the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL). He was recently interviewed by the Montreal Gazette, you can read it here. 

As it turned out, one of our members, Barbara Silverman, had taken this course in the past and was able to personally pass on our invitation to speak to us. And proving that we do live “in a small world, after all”, Don and MonSFFan Joe Aspler have co-written papers, though not about UFOs.

Prof Donderi signs his book for Cathy

Don has a great sense of humour, and quite enjoyed the MonSFFilm, Encounters of the Very Close Kind. His slide presentation was very interesting, covering many documented cases of sightings and abductions. While many of us tend to be skeptics, the subject of UFOs lies close to the SF fan’s heart!  Members have expressed a wish to have him back again for a sequel, possibly to revisit a particular aspect such as the Roswell incident in more depth. Don brought only three copies of his book for sale, leaving some disappointed UFO fans, but it can be ordered from Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.  At the time of this writing, there is one copy at Indigo Place Montréal Trust.

Before the meeting, and during the break, we kicked around some

programming ideas for future meetings. It’s not too late to contribute, email <president@monsffa.ca> .  Copies of WARP 97 were distributed. Coincidentally, the cover art features Martian war machines! WARP is available for download here.  If you would like a copy mailed to you, please contact Keith <veep@monsffa.ca>  The raffle prizes featured a lot of chocolate in honour of St. Valentine’s Day, and a few members remembered to wear red.

Keith moderated a discussion on future economics. What is technology doing to our workplace? Are robots going to make us obsolete?  Some members argued that business is already pushing human workers out of entry level jobs –even McDonald’s!– so robots are in fact just another way for business owners to enrich themselves at the expense of others.  While having machines do all the work sounds idyllic, some of us need to feel we are contributing to our society. We can’t all be great philosophers!

A snow storm was brewing, which sent some members home early, but five us trudged through blowing snow to the Irish Embassy for good food  by a warm fire.

Members will find many more photos of our Feb 2017 meeting on our website.