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Course Description

Are we alone in the universe? Let us explore this question together. We will begin with a survey of stars, galaxies, and the universe, and then discuss great outstanding questions: What are dark matter, dark energy, and black holes? How did the universe begin? How will it end? Then we use recent advances in the Fermi paradox, the Rare Earth Hypothesis, the doomsday calculation, the Drake equation, the Great Filter, and other theories to help explore the question of whether or not we are alone. We finish with a far-ranging discussion of the philosophical and religious implications of either answer to that burning question, and what the question means for our quest to find knowledge, meaning, and purpose in the cosmos. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Home Alone in the Universe
Type
Online - Zoom
Days
T
Time
3:30PM to 4:45PM
Dates
Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
12.5
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Instructors
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: If you enjoyed the special short course of the same name last summer, you need to join us for this much expanded and updated version. We will be able to explore the implications of recent discoveries in much greater depth, and have highly interactive discussions on the topics.