Friday, 18th March 2011 | 7:00 pm
What will be the impact on society, as we know it, if we detect a clear signal from an ET civilization? Join us at a Science Ka Adda session featuring Salman Hameed to find out …
Planets, planets everywhere … Just fifteen years ago, humans had confirmed detections of planets only in our solar system. Today, the number of candidate planets is pushing over fifteen hundred – with some located in the ‘habitable zone’. However, so far, there has been no confirmed detection of a signal from an extraterrestrial intelligence. What if we detect an unambiguous signal from an alien intelligence? What will be its impact on society, culture, and religion? While we may not be able to say much about alien sociology, we can certainly take a stab at guessing the reaction of our fellow human beings.
About Salman Hameed
Salman Hameed is an astronomer and Assistant Professor of Integrated Science & Humanities at Hampshire College, Massachusetts. His doctoral work focused on star formation in spiral galaxies. However, for the past several years, he has been working on topics related to science and religion. His primary research interest focuses on understanding the rise of creationism in the Muslim world and how educated Muslims negotiate modern science with their religion. He is fascinated by the diversity of ways in which belief manifests itself amongst humans, and the varieties of science and religion interactions. In particular, he is fascinated with new-religious movements (NRM) related to belief in extraterrestrials. He teaches a class called “Aliens: Close Encounters of a Multidisciplinary Kind”, which integrates astronomy, psychology, history and religion. Salman also runs IRTIQA, a science and religion blog with an emphasis on scientific debates taking place in the Muslim world.
Date: Friday, 18th March, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.