Are we alone in the Universe? Geologic insights into the unlikelihood of us

March 18, 2014

Halpern Centre, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Lionel Jackson.
Astrophysicists report the discoveries of planets around other stars on almost a daily basis. Yet, years of searching the skies for radio signals from other civilizations have resulted in silence.  The geologic record reveals a succession of highly unlikely events that led to us. An overview of this evidence will be presented to put the likelihood of human-like creatures on planets orbiting other stars into perspective.
Lionel Jackson has worked as a petroleum geologist in the Canadian oil industry, as a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey and as a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). He retired from GSC in 2009 after 34 years of research. He continues his work with GSC as an Emeritus Scientist. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University since 1987.
This is the second in the Spring 2014 SFURA seminar series and will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Halpern Centre.  All members of the SFU community are welcome to attend these events. The talks are free and no registration is required.