Paul Davies | The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence

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  1. SETI, Hawking, and Alien Contact

    A new warning from astrophysicist and global science guru Stephen Hawking: Do not talk to aliens.

    The brilliant Hawking is wheel-chair bound and speaks through a computer. But he’s thinking about the cosmos.

    With billions of galaxies, trillions of stars, the numbers tell him there’s life out there. The smartest forms could make it here. But we should not want that, says Hawking. Too much danger.

    Other scientists disagree. We’ll hear that debate, and talk to the man who heads Earth’s greeting committee for aliens.

    http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/04/seti-hawking

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  2. Alien Invasion

    They’re heeeere! Yes, aliens are wreaking havoc and destruction throughout the land. But these aliens are Arizona beetles, and the land is in California, where the invasive insects are a serious problem.

    And what of space-faring aliens? We have those too: how to find them, and how to protect our planet – and theirs.

    From Hollywood to SETI’s hi-tech search for extraterrestrials, aliens are invading Are We Alone?

    Guests:

    • Paul Davies – Physicist and author of The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence
    • Frank Drake- Senior Scientist, SETI Institute
    • Andy Ihnatko – Journalist and tech blogger
    • Margaret Race – Biologist and Principal Investigator at the SETI Institute
    • Margaret McLean – Director of bioethics at the Markkula Center for Ethics, Santa Clara University
    • Mark Hoddle – Biological Control Specialist at the University of California, Riverside
    • Vanessa Lopez – Graduate student in entomology, University of California, Riverside

    http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Alien_Invasion

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  3. Paul Davies: Are we alone in the universe?

    Is intelligent life trying to communicate with us from space? Professor Paul Davies explores the potential and limits of research into the origin and evolution of life, and the search for life beyond Earth. Has ET maybe visited our planet ages ago and left us a message? At the Australian National University, Paul Davies discussed his latest book The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?

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  4. Singularity University Lectures: Science Searches for ET by Seth Shostak

    Seth is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals.

    He has written several hundred popular magazine and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. He lectures on astronomy and other subjects at Stanford and other venues in the Bay Area, and for the last six years, has been a Distinquished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Study Group. Every week he hosts the SETI Institute’s science radio show, “Are We Alone?”

    Seth has edited and contributed to a half dozen books. His most recent tome is Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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  5. Why Not to Fear Black Holes with Astronomer Ian Morison

    Black Holes seem to have bad press that is largely undeserved. This lecture with professor Ian Morison explains what Black Holes are, and how we can discover them even through they can’t be seen.

    This program was recorded in collaboration with Gresham College, on October 27, 2010.

    Gresham Professor of Astronomy Ian Morison made his first telescope at the age of 12 with lenses given to him by his optician. Having studied Physics, Maths and Astronomy at Oxford, he became a radio astronomer at the Jodrell Bank Observatory and teaches Astronomy and Cosmology at the University of Manchester.

    Over 25 years he has also taught Observational Astronomy to many hundreds of adult students in the North West of England. An active amateur optical astronomer, he is a council member and past president of the Society for Popular Astronomy in the United Kingdom.

    At Jodrell Bank he was a designer of the 217 KM MERLIN array and has coordinated the Project Phoenix SETI Observations using the Lovell Radio Telescope. He contributes astronomy articles and reviews for New Scientist and Astronomy Now, and produces a monthly sky guide on the Observatory’s website.

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  6. The Evolution of the Laws of Physics - Lee Smolin (SETI Talks)

    SETI Talks archive: http://seti.org/talks

    Prof. Lee Smolin of the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada, author and theoretical physcist, will talk about the evolution of laws in our universe.

    Dr. Smolin’s main contributions to physics have been so far to the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has been a co-inventor and major contributor to two major directions, loop quantum gravity and deformed special relativity. He also contributes to cosmology, through his proposal of cosmological natural selection: a falsifiable mechanism to explain the choice of the laws of physics. He has also contributed to quantum field theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, theoretical biology, the philosophy of science and economics. He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers and numerous essays and writings for the public on science.

    He also has written four books which explore philosophical issues raised by contemporary physics and cosmology. These are Life of the Cosmos (1997), Three Roads to Quantum Gravity (2001), The Trouble with Physics (2006) and Time Reborn (2013).

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  7. Paul Davies: “The Demon in the Machine” | Talks at Google

    Paul Davies is an English physicist, writer and broadcaster, a professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of the Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. His research spans fields like cosmology, quantum field theory, and astrobiology. For Talks at Google he discusses his new book "The Demon in the Machine" about how hidden webs of information are solving the mysteries of life. For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of the fundamental question "what is life?". On the boundary of science and philosophy, Paul Davies wonders if life can be explained by known physics and chemistry, or whether we do need something fundamentally new?

    Get the book here: https://goo.gl/uDZJ9i

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  8. The Science of Indiana Jones, Skeptical Sunday | SETI 23 June 08

    He looks great in a fedora - we’ll give him that. But surviving a tumble over three 100-foot waterfalls or toughing out an atomic blast by climbing into a refrigerator? We love Indy, but his exploits seem to be over the top when it comes to elementary physics. From hovercrafts to the quartz crania of aliens; find out what scientific concepts in the latest bullwhip adventure are more than a little nutty.

    Plus, the real crystal skulls, and the man who discovered that two of the most famous are fakes. Also, an incentive to tackle that to-do list: the 2012 Mayan apocalypse.

    And, If I were Indy, our Hollywood Skeptic puts himself in the hero’s boots. It’s Skeptical Sunday, but don’t take our word for it. Guests:

    * Ian Freestone - Archaeologist at the University of Wales at Cardiff
    * Matt Springer - Graduate Student at Texas A and M University and keeper of the website, www.builtonfacts.com
    * Tom Rogers - Physics teacher at Southside High School in Greenville South Carolina, author of Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics and the founder of the web site of the same name
    * Phil Plait - Astronomer,and keeper of the Bad Astronomy web site
    * Jim Underdown - Executive Director, Center for Inquiry West in Los Angeles
    

    http://podcast.seti.org/episodes/Skeptical_Sunday_The_Science_of_Indiana_Jones

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  9. Interview with Dr. Jill Tarter

    Dr. Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in California. She has spent majority of her professional career attempting to determine whether we are alone in the universe, and among her other prior positions, she was the Project Scientist for NASA’s SETI program. In this interview, Dr. Tarter tells us about the latest in SETI research, including what we can expect the Square Kilometer Array to contribute to SETI.

    http://www.jodcast.net/archive/201501/

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