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Life Over Time (Th)

Intro to astrobiology

  • Started Feb 2
  • 240 US dollars

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Service Description

At the beginning of the session, we focus on the definition of life and get introduced to the early ideas on its origins, including the “primordial soup.” We proceed with discussing the evolution of chemical elements essential to life. We review the star life cycle, get familiar with nuclear processes inside the stars, and ask ourselves how these elements may combine to give rise to life. We discuss various self-organizing processes in nature, including examples from physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and sociology. The students learn to notice and recognize complexity and emergent phenomena. The second part of the session is devoted to changing geology, atmospheric chemistry, and life forms of the early Earth. We compare the proterozoic and paleozoic eons, mass extinctions, and the subsequent rebounds of life. We also reflect on the 6th mass extinction that is taking place in front of our eyes. We end with considering the concept of self-regulating planets, including the pros and cons of planetary terraformation.

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To cancel or reschedule, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance.

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