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November 2019

Second Saturday Conversation: “Is Your Idea a Sellable Product?”

November 9,11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States

An idea is just that if it isn’t sellable. Learn steps you can take to better assure your money doesn’t go down the drain with high costs before you actually know if your product will sell. Learning the basics that smart inventors use during the exploratory stages of taking an idea to a product can save you time and money while assuring your product has a better chance to succeed once it is launched.
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Michael Crichton Film Series – Runaway

November 11,6:30 am - 9:00 pm
UMKC Student Union Theater, 5100 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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This fall, join the Linda Hall Library for a retrospective film series of Michael Crichton movies. In his work, Crichton demonstrated a keen ability to anticipate new technological developments long before they became reality and predict how even seemingly beneficial breakthroughs in biotechnology or artificial intelligence could quickly spiral out of their creators’ control.

The third film in the series is Runaway from 1984, written and directed by Crichton.

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Science Matters Brown Bag Forum: All Maps are Lies!

November 20,12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library – Central Library, 14 W 10th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
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Maps spur our imagination. Maps transport us. In maps we trust. But all maps are lies. Filled with examples of maps from the Show-Me State and beyond, this presentation will forever change the way you look at maps.

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December 2019

Michael Crichton Film Series – Jurassic Park

December 9,6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
UMKC Student Union Theater, 5100 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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This fall, join the Linda Hall Library for a retrospective film series of Michael Crichton movies. In his work, Crichton demonstrated a keen ability to anticipate new technological developments long before they became reality and predict how even seemingly beneficial breakthroughs in biotechnology or artificial intelligence could quickly spiral out of their creators’ control.

The fourth and final film in the series is Jurassic Park from 1993 based on Crichton’s 1990 novel of the same name.

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Differentiating Astronomy and Astrology in Early Modern Europe

December 12,3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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If today there is a sharp distinction between astronomy, the science of stars, and astrology, using horoscopes to make prediction, that has not always been the case. Before the seventeenth century, the words astronomy and astrology were often used interchangeably, and most astronomers (for example, Ptolemy and Kepler) were also astrologers. In this talk, we will examine how the distinction between astronomy and astrology had been puzzling scholars for centuries, and how a consensus was finally found in the early modern period. Behind this question of terminology lies the problem of distinguishing good and bad knowledge, and judging  the heritage of the past. It is a question about the bases and norms of scientific knowledge. It is a question about building boundaries in the intellectual world.

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