David Brin

Shoemaker Lecture: David Brin, Humanity’s Place in a Very Strange Universe

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Presented by ASU’s BEYOND Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

Our compulsion to make “sense of it all” used to be satisfied by myths and faith. Today, we probe for evidence that leads in surprising directions. As we learn about the intelligence of higher animals, the uniqueness of human sapience stands out. Just when we seem mentally ready to meet alien life, the cosmos suddenly looks stark and empty. New technologies may enhance – or replace – our definitions of personhood. And iconoclasts offer the disturbing theory that “the universe is all a simulation.” Four hundred years after Giordano Bruno was burned for asking questions like these, are we bound upon the greatest adventure of all?

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Doors open at 6:30pm. Need help finding Murdock Hall? Find a photo and map here.

David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant and author of fiction and non-fiction. His novels have been New York Times bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. He also holds a PhD in physics from the University of California, San Diego. To learn more about David, visit his website.

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