SCS Conference “Extraterrestrials, AI, and Minds Beyond the Human” on June 4-6.

The talks will be livestreamed at

Schedule of Talks (All times are given as US Eastern Time)

Saturday, June 5.      

9:00- 10:00 AM Keynote Lecture:  “Extraterrestrial Life and Catholic Theology,” Christopher T. Baglow (Univ. of Notre Dame)

10:30 – 11:30 AM Lecture:  “The Scientific Search for Life beyond Earth: from Mars to the Galaxy,” Jonathan I. Lunine (Cornell Univ.)

11:30 AM – 12:00 Noon  Lecture: “The Likelihood of Extraterrestrial Life,” Karin I. Öberg  (Harvard Univ.)


1:15 – 2:15 PM Lecture: “The Evolution of Humans is Inevitable; so where are the extraterrestrials?”  Simon Conway Morris (Univ. of Cambridge)

2:30 – 3:00 PM Lecture: “Forming the Molecular Building-blocks of Life on Icy Cosmic Dust,” Christopher Shingledecker (Benedictine College)

3:00 – 3:30 PM Lecture:  “The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: an Overview,” Timothy Dolch (Hillsdale College

4:00 – 4:30 PM Lecture:  “Earthquakes, their Consequences, and the Jesuit Pioneers of Seismology,” Natasha Toghramadjian (Harvard Univ.)

4:30 – 5:30 PM St. Albert Award Lecture: “Scientific Innovation and Franciscan Spirituality in the Middle Ages,”  Lawrence M. Principe (Johns Hopkins Univ.)

Sunday, June 6.

10:00 – 10:30 AM Lecture: “Is Artificial Intelligence Compatible with Evolution?”  Javier Sanchez-Cañizares (Univ. de Navarra)

10:45 – 11:15 AM Lecture: “Artifact, Actuality, and Apparent Persons: On Humane Living with Near-Future Social AI,” Jordan Wales (Hillsdale College)

11:30 – 12:00 Noon Lecture:   “Deep Learning, Purpose, and Entropy,”  Timothy Anderson (Catholic University of America)

12:00 – 12:30 PM Lecture:: “Understanding Evolution with St. Thomas Aquinas,” Sister Stephen Patrick Joly, O.P., (Lansing Catholic High School)

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