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Michael De Robertis

Speaker's Night: Intelligent Life Beyond Earth? (ONLINE)

Prof. Michael De Robertis, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, York University

Is there intelligent life beyond Earth? A question asked by every generation, including our own.

Simple life, based on our own example, can emerge soon after a planet forms. But what about complex life? How ubiquitous might intelligent civilizations be among the billions of stars and galaxies in the observable universe?

Some have argued that the evolution of intelligence should be commonplace. If so, others ask, where are they, why haven't we any evidence for these civilizations?

Prof. Michael De Robertis will describe strategies used by scientists to search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence, speculate on whether these will succeed in the near future and finally what their success might mean for humankind.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre