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The Fermi Paradox—the apparent contradiction between the high probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of contact with such civilizations—continues to captivate our minds. Are we alone in the universe or were other civilizations destroyed as a result of ecological catastrophes or conflict? Join our panel of leading physicists and philosophers as they explore Enrico Fermi's question: "Where is everybody?" as well as other questions: How does scientific knowledge direct our future scientific and technological pursuits on Earth and in space? How does science inform human ethics? Does science make us better citizens of the universe?
* Reception to follow.
Adam Frank, PhD
Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester; author of About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang
Stephen M. Gardiner, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, University of Washington; author of A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change
Louisa Preston, PhD
Astrobiologist, London; author of forthcoming Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe
Jason Thomas Wright, PhD
Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University; Principal Investigator at NASA's Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS)
Host of PRI's Science Friday®
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The event is part of the Physics of Everything series.
This six-part series will unite some of the most vibrant public intellectuals and communicators of today—from scientists to philosophers, and ethicists to educators—for explorations that reflect on the current state of modern physical sciences.
To learn more about each lecture and to purchase tickets, click on the links below.
- • What Does the Future Hold for Physics: Is There a Limit to Human Knowledge? Tuesday, April 5, 2016
- • Where do Physics and Philosophy Intersect? Monday, April 25, 2016
- • Complexity: A Science of the Future? Monday, May 9, 2016
- • The Rise of Human Consciousness Monday, May 23, 2016
- • Are We Alone in the Universe? Monday, June 13, 2016
- • Did Einstein Kill Schrödinger's Cat? A Quantum State of Mind Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Jennifer Costley, PhD
Director, Physical Sciences, Sustainability & Engineering