2765 - At Home in the Universe: The Search for Meaning and Purpose in the Cosmos
Humankind has struggled with existential questions for as long as there has been humankind. Typically, the search for meaning and purpose has been inward, looking towards ourselves for answers. In this course, we look outward at the universe for discussions of our existence. 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 & exolife, are there multiverses, and the role of intelligence in the cosmos. We end with a far-ranging discussion of our species need to explore, survive, and thrive, in order to find purpose and meaning in this cosmos. The answer is not here, it is out there. Lecture (plus Questions)Facilitated Discussion
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