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Course Description

Humankind has struggled with existential questions such as the meaning of our existence, and are we alone, for as long as there has been humankind. In this course, we look outward at the universe for discussions of our place in the universe. We start with a survey of current knowledge of stars, galaxies, and the universe, and then discuss the great outstanding cosmological questions: what is dark matter, what is dark energy, what is the nature of black holes, how did the universe begin, how will the universe end, questions about exoplanets and exolife, and the role of intelligence in the cosmos. We end with a far-ranging discussion on the implications of perhaps being alone in the universe, and what our future in the cosmos will be, and should be. The answer is not here, it is out there. | Lecture (plus questions)

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