“Confessions of an Alien Hunter” at Down To A Science: 08.10.09

by Eric on August 9, 2009

Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute will be discussing his new book Confessions of an Alien Hunter at this month’s Down to A Science Cafe, Monday August 10th from 7-9pm at the Atlas Cafe, 3049 20th St @ Alabama St. in the Mission District.

Why do we think aliens are out there? Is Earth really being visited? Will aliens really be short, gray, and hairless? What happens if we pick up a signal from another world?

These are just a few of the questions this month’s guest, Seth Shostak, tackles regularly in his role as the senior astronomer for the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute. Shostak will also discuss the beginnings of life on earth, how this knowledge impacts what astronomers search for in other galaxies, and the growing consortium of scientific voices who believe “it would be offensively self-centered to imagine that what has happened on Earth has only happened on Earth.” Watch Seth go head-to-head with a supposed alien, Stephen Colbert:

While you’re at it, buy his book “Confessions of an Alien Hunter” on Amazon. Seth’s talk will be in Conversation with Brian Malow, the earth’s premier science comedian. This café is co-presented with Nova ScienceNow & KQED QUEST.

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