Are We Alone in the Universe? Panel Discussion

Are We Alone in the Universe?

On Monday, June 13th, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM PST, The New York Academy of Sciences will be live streaming the panel discussion: “Are We Alone in the Universe?” Featuring UW Philosophy Professor, Stephen Gardiner.

The Fermi Paradox—the apparent contradiction between the high probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of contact with such civilizations—continues to captivate our minds. Are we alone in the universe or were other civilizations destroyed as a result of ecological catastrophes or conflict? Join our panel of leading physicists and philosophers as they explore Enrico Fermi's question: "Where is everybody?" as well as other questions: How does scientific knowledge direct our future scientific and technological pursuits on Earth and in space? How does science inform human ethics? Does science make us better citizens of the universe?

The panel will include:

Adam Frank, PhD, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester; author of About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

Stephen M. Gardiner, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, University of Washington; author of A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change

Louisa Preston, PhD, Astrobiologist, London; author of forthcoming Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe

Jason Thomas Wright, PhD, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University; Principal Investigator at NASA's Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS)


Ira Flatow: Host of PRI's Science Friday®

This panel will be presented at no charge via Livestream. To view the Livestream or add it to your calendar, use this link:

Presented by: The New York Academy of Sciences

This program is made possible by the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation