Special NAI Director's Seminar: David Grinspoon (NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology)

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Special NAI Director's Seminar: David Grinspoon (NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology)

Time: December 16, 2013 from 10am to 11am
Location: Space Sciences Auditorium, N245 (2nd Floor), NASA Ames
Website or Map: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov…
Event Type: special, seminar
Organized By: Mike Toillion
Latest Activity: Dec 10, 2013

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Event Description

Astrobiology and the Anthropocene Epoch

Presenter: David Grinspoon, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
When: December 16, 2013 10AM PST

Informed by comparative planetology and a survey of the major episodes in Earth history, this lecture will offer a taxonomy of planetary catastrophes meant to illuminate the unusual nature of the “Anthropocene”, the current era of human-driven planetary scale changes, and re-frame our current environmental and technological predicaments as part of a larger narrative of planetary evolution. This saga has now reached the pivotal moment when humans have become a dominant force of planetary change, and geological and human history are becoming irreversibly conjoined.

Is this a likely or even inevitable challenge facing other complex life in the universe? Possible implications for exoplanet characterization and SETI will be considered, as well as the choices our civilization faces in attempting to create a wisely managed Earth.

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Comment by Sheryl La Bouchardiere on December 10, 2013 at 1:36am

That's 18:00 UK time (GMT).

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