Life's Struggle to Survive


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Date
Tuesday, December 17 2013 - 12:00 pm, PST
Speaker
John Baez
Affiliation
UC Riverside
Description

john baezWhen pondering the number of extraterrestrial civilizations, it is worth noting that even after it got started, the success of life on Earth was not a foregone conclusion.  We recount some thrilling episodes from the history of our planet, some well-documented but others merely theorized: our collision with the planet Theia, the oxygen catastrophe, the snowball Earth events, the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event, the asteroid that hit Chicxulub, and more, including the global warming episode we are causing now.  All of these hold lessons for what may happen on other planets.

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