Join us as we conclude our spring semester course. We’ll continue our discussion of the latest findings and theories about the nature of life and its origins on earth and (possibly) in the universe, including: Is the universe fine-tuned for life? What are the factors that bear on the probability of life originating here on earth and/or elsewhere? We’ll discuss the search for extraterrestrial life, new planets, and their habitability. Which is most unlikely: development of complex single-cell life, or evolution of more complex life-forms? Was/is something like “mind” involved? What are the evolutionary advantages of consciousness?

Rich Wagner, Ph.D.

Rich Wagner is a physicist who has worked in the fields of elementary particles, astrophysics, high-energy-density physics, and prediction of complex physical phenomena using very large computers. He was an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the 1980s, with responsibility for oversight of the US nuclear weapon program and of all Department of Defense matters related to chemical and biological weapons. Rich has studied topics at the interface between science and philosophy for many years. He holds a BA in physics from Williams College, and a PhD in physics from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Ginny, live in Oxford.

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