Academic Year 2015-2016

Event Title

Truth and the Improbability of Being

Location

Room 4009, Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

Start Date

12-11-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

12-11-2015 1:00 PM

Disciplines

Astrophysics and Astronomy | Genealogy | Metaphysics | Philosophy | Philosophy of Science | Physics | Statistics and Probability

Description

To concoct life as we know it there must be a crucible and just the right ingredients. The physical universe, itself engendered from apparently nothing, is therefore the sine qua non for all life. It has evolved from a violent, metaphorical birth, and we deduce with fair accuracy its lifetime so far to be 13.8 billion years. The processes that have led to humans are manifold and complex. So when any present, complex event is viewed in light of this history, it appears entirely improbable yet simultaneously unremarkable. We consider what light physics can shed on this dichotomy.

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Nov 12th, 12:00 PM Nov 12th, 1:00 PM

Truth and the Improbability of Being

Room 4009, Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

To concoct life as we know it there must be a crucible and just the right ingredients. The physical universe, itself engendered from apparently nothing, is therefore the sine qua non for all life. It has evolved from a violent, metaphorical birth, and we deduce with fair accuracy its lifetime so far to be 13.8 billion years. The processes that have led to humans are manifold and complex. So when any present, complex event is viewed in light of this history, it appears entirely improbable yet simultaneously unremarkable. We consider what light physics can shed on this dichotomy.