Will We Discover Aliens in Our Lifetime? @ Lock 91 Manchester, Manchester [22 May]

Will We Discover Aliens in Our Lifetime?

19:00 - 21:30

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Lock 91 Manchester
9 Century St, M3 4QL Manchester, United Kingdom
Is anybody out there? Rapid advances in our technology and understanding seem to be drawing us ever closer to the discovery of extraterrestrial life, and there is a very real chance that this event will happen in our lifetimes. As well as being an event of seismic scientific importance, it will affect every other aspect of human culture, from art to politics to religion.

What is different about right now? We are starting to find places in the Universe that may be habitable by 'life as we know it'. Therefore, it is possible to specifically target our searches on these places.

In this talk I will discuss the science behind the search for life, and go on to speculate about the scientific and cultural consequenc...es of this work. There are two separate scientific threads behind the search. We continue to use robotic probes to explore our own Solar System, and in this, our 'backyard', we find interesting possibilities.

We must also address the other possibility — what if we are actually alone in the Universe? In the past the uniqueness of mankind has been assumed, whereas today the prevailing sentiment in our culture tends to be that the Earth cannot be the only home of life, given the vastness of the Universe. We will investigate this, and consider the (sometimes unsettling!) consequences for a lonely humanity.

Tickets: bit.ly/2IO8khi
Venue: Lock 91,
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


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