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Are We Alone?

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We live in a universe uniquely suited to our existence, which is filled with galaxies, stars, planets and the molecular building blocks of life. On Earth, single-celled life forms exist in rocks, ice and boiling water, suggesting that such life would be impossible to destroy before our Sun becomes a red-giant. We listen with our radio telescopes and look for pulses of laser light, but have so far heard and seen nothing, suggesting that technologically advanced life elsewhere in the Universe, might be very rare. In this lecture Dr. Catchpole will take a closer look at our solar system and the emergences of intelligent life and consider why the human population on Earth might be the only self-aware observers of our Universe.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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