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A plea for sanity in the Energy debate: The humanist case for nuclear energy
In order to lift billions of people out of different levels of poverty, while at the same time addressing climate change, we need more low-carbon, clean, high-tech energy. Can this be done by relying on wind and solar energy, supplemented with hydro and geothermal? Or should we reconsider a positive role for nuclear energy? Nuclear energy is a field where dogma and emotions run high. In this London Futurists event, science advocate and writer Mathijs Beckers will set out what he calls "the humanist case for nuclear energy", in a plea for sanity in the energy debate. == About the speaker == Mathijs Beckers was born and live in Geleen, The Netherlands. His professional background includes roles in the IT teams at Philips, communication technology company Royal KPN, and pension fund investor APG (3rd largest in the world). In 2012, driven by a keen interest in science and technology, Mathijs decided to switch to writing about energy and climate change. His prime motivation for writing about these matters comes from a sense of responsibility: to leave this planet a better place than he found it. In 2015 Mathijs published Highway to Dystopia―about climate change, energy, politics, economics, and religion; in 2016 he published Science a la Carte―about climate change and energy; And the Non-Solutions Project―a rebuttal to the 100% WWS Roadmap by Jacobson et al. In 2017 Mathijs started a YouTube Channel called “The Nuclear Humanist.” If you want to support him in his endeavors, please consider becoming a Patron at == "Climate Zero Hour" == Here's some advance praise for "Climate Zero Hour", the speaker's forthcoming new book: "To avoid the worst risks of climate change, we must decarbonize power production as fast as possible. Mathijs Beckers shows us that, to do so, nuclear power must be part of the mix and that, tragically, political tribalism on the left is as much an obstacle to solving the problem as conservative tribalism is to recognizing the existence of the problem." -- Professor Kerry Emanuel, MIT "Pulling no punches, in Climate Zero Hour, Mathijs Becker uncovers the irrational thinking behind the '100% renewables' illusion, and argues for a central role for nuclear power in solving the twin problems of climate change and energy access." -- Professor Ken Caldeira, the Carnegie Institution for Science "Mathijs Becker shows rapid global decarbonization requires an important role for nuclear power." -- Doctor James Hansen, the Earth Institute at Columbian University == Meeting logistics == 2pm-4pm, Sat 30th June 2018. Venue: Room TBA (To-Be-Announced), Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London. Room TBA is on the TBA-th level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations. The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (, 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG. == Event hashtag == #LonFut == Covering meeting costs == A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP. (NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.) Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.) Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser in advance.

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London


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This group is for people who are interested in the future and maybe want to help shape it.

The acceleration of technology means that the near future may bring radical changes to all of us. Major developments in technologies like anti-aging, nanotech, genetics, computing, robotics, and geo-engineering are going to make the next few years very exciting - and possibly also very dangerous. We could gain god-like powers - but we might also lose sight of our humanity, and destroy everything that we used to hold dear.

What's your view? Are things improving? Too slowly or too quickly? Are we are entering a new golden age? Or is the potential "Technological Singularity" something to fear? What does it mean to talk about "Human 2.0" and "Humanity+"? Or perhaps you view such talk as techno-hype? Maybe you just like the practical side of technology and want to find out more about possible paradigm shifts?

Anybody is welcome to this group - you don't have to be a Techno Geek or work for some futuristic company to be in our group. The future applies to us all!

Come join in the debate - have your opinions voiced and maybe make some interesting new friends.

All we ask is that members treat each other with the respect they would want for themselves. Our group has members of many ages and backrounds. We have many different perspectives on what the future may bring and like to share different ideas with each other. We approach the future with a open mind and sense of humility. Our group mission is to introduce you to some of the ideas, advancements and people who are making our future happen today.

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