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Sunday, May 27 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
6 Blind Men, or How Will we Know Life on Other Planets?

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There is no broadly accepted definition of 'life.' Suggested definitions face problems, often in the form of robust counter-examples. Thus, how will we know what constitutes "life" on other planets? Join us for a discussion panel with a geneticist, physicist, comparative planetologist, and philosopher to talk about this issue when exploring alien worlds.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Adler

Charles Adler

Professor, St Mary's College of Maryland
I'm a lifelong science fiction reader and fan. I wrote a book about the science in science fiction and fantasy called "Wizards, Aliens and Starships," which was the co-winner of the 2015 American Institute of Physics popular science book award. I'm currently working on a book about... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman in a Research Space Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He is an astrobiologist that focuses on comparative planetology. As a member of multiple interdisciplinary teams, he simulates the... Read More →
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Robert Zelenka

With an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics, Robert Zelenka explores the possibilities of machine consciousness from the perspectives of both algorithmic and structural design. The advent of quantum computers and their potential ability to achieve affective... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka’s research as a molecular cell biologist focused on the biological nanomachines present in living cells. Four decades of research at the National Institutes of Health were framed by considerations of cell formation through the interaction and integration of non-living... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

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