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"Extraterrestrial Species: Will They Be Moral? Will They Be Religious?" presented by Dr. Christopher J. Corbally SJ and Dr. Margaret Boone Rappaport (Free Webinar)
Interpretations have been made of a currently narrow range of signal types that humans can record from interstellar sources, to determine if distant life forms exist. This talk briefly surveys the types of signals now available and what they and others could reveal about distant life forms in the future. The presenters then explore the assessment of intelligent species if they visit Earth. They ask which observable signs could indicate self-awareness, social behavior, and ethical thinking, and how humans can test for the presence of ethics, religion, and culture. A “Goldilocks Evolutionary Sequence” of neurocognitive features is presented, which can be operationalized as a plan to vet interstellar visitors and a protocol for negotiating with them.

5:00 PM EDT
4:00 PM CDT
2:00 PM PDT
10:00 PM London, UK

Jan 28, 2021 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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