The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking
Martin Rees presents
Life’s Future in the Cosmos
President of the Royal Society, England's Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees brings a lifetime of cosmological inquiry to a crucial question: What if human success on Earth determines life's success in the universe?
He thinks that civilization's chances of getting out of this century intact are about 50-50. He is hopeful that extraterrestrial life already exists, but there's no sign of it yet. But even if we are now alone, he notes that we may not even be the halfway stage of evolution. There is huge scope for post-human evolution, so that "it will not be humans who watch the sun's demise, 6 billion years from now. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae."
Appropriately, Rees's Long Now talk will be at the Chabot Space & Science Center in the hills above Oakland, in the planetarium.
Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand
Monday August 2, 02010
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours
Advance Tickets Recommended - Tickets are $10
Long Now Members can reserve 1 complimentary seat.
The Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
There will be a reception after the Seminar and, weather permitting, stargazing through Chabot’s telescopes.
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Added by Long Now on July 8, 2010