Dr. John Millam on: WEIRD LIFE: ALTERNATIVES TO OUR BIOCHEMISTRY

WEIRD LIFE:

Exploring the Extra-terrestrial Alternatives to

Our Biochemistry

Is the universe filled with advanced intelligent life? Or are we alone? Scientists have been scanning the heavens for nearly sixty years to discover the answer to this profound mystery.

If other life forms exist out there on other planets or their moons, must their biochemistry be like ours? Must they be carbon-based and depend on water just as we do?  What have we learned so far?

What about “weird life”?  That is, what about life that relies on a fundamentally different biochem-istry from anything known?  Could life be based on silicon rather than carbon or rely on a liquid other than water? This isn’t just science fiction anymore, but real questions proposed and studied by scientists.

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Dr. John Millam (Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from Rice University) will be discussing the question of extraterrestrial life from the perspective of a chemist, and he will be integrating the latest findings in astronomy.

He says:  Rather than a formal lecture, this will be done as a casual discussion where you get to ask the questions you most want answered.  So, whether you are an avid Trekkie or someone who just wants know the latest, come learn about the possibilities of extraterrrestrial life.

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Afterward:  The conversations and the possibilities continue at The Blue Moose (north side of the shopping center on the NW corner of 101st and Woodland).

Fred Heeren / [masked] /[masked]

 

 

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  • John M.

    Jeff, I certainly understand your desire to have heard more. Unfortunately, there is just not enough time to cover everything. Your suggestion about unknown elements or different quantum forces is a good one but that invovles "weirder life" (rather than "weird life") since it invovles unknown physics and hence was beyond the scope of my talk.

    If you, or anyone, would like me to address a scenario that I didn't include in my talk, just post a question and I'll be happy to answer it.

    April 13, 2013

    • Jeff F.

      I would like to hear/read how "weirder life" is differentiated from "weird life."

      April 16, 2013

    • Jeff F.

      And has anyone speculated on what weird, weirder and super-weird life forms might exist, elsewhere, everywhere?

      April 16, 2013

    • Jeff F.

      Interesting. Very. But this article is referring to weird life that is still carbon-based.

      April 16, 2013

  • Bob H.

    OK,now just where do we find a designer that intelligent?

    April 10, 2013

    • Jeff F.

      My ex is a designer and is the most intelligent person on the planet. Just ask her.

      April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      How's that working for her so far? And how's it working for you to hold that anger against your heart? #justAskin'

      April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perhaps the examination of weirder life is a topic better handled in a discussion, rather than either a lecture or a noisy bar. It might include elements of quantum chemistry, quantum physics, spirituality, woo woo, fact, fantasy, multiverses and philosophy. All washed down with copious amount of coffee.

    April 14, 2013

  • Jeff F.

    And I am still not convinced that there might not be some elements out there, somewhere, that we might not yet know about, or even some slightly different quantum forces. I know, call me a heretic. HA. Wouldn't that be ironic.

    April 13, 2013

  • Jeff F.

    Yes, too many questions. So we never got to the meat of the presentation, the weird life possibilities, what alien life might look like on other planets in other systems and even galaxies. I feel like I was invited to a BBQ dinner and had only the salad.

    April 13, 2013

  • JustinKC

    @Gayle. I think the reason for that is the audience asked a lot of questions through the presentation. Maybe it would be best to leave Q&A to the end, or limit the number of questions between slides in the future through a moderator.

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I understood. It is far more challenging to 'teach' for 1-2 hours than most of us realize. Been there.

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    there was some interesting data. He left out a lot. His 'primary' topic ... alternatives to our biochemistry was only covered in the last few minutes of the talk.

    April 13, 2013

  • Jeff F.

    Would have liked to have heard the entire presentation. But heard lots of good info and data, nonetheless.

    April 12, 2013

  • Mark

    Ran out of time, didn't want to be super late.

    April 12, 2013

  • Andy B.

    HI FRED!

    April 12, 2013

  • Mark

    Kyra and I will be there.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Get a bunch of brilliant people in the same room with pen and paper. Look at the chemistry as we know it, and the anatomy and probably going to have to have somebody politically savvy... Either that or the prime directive prohibits congress... (and the IRS - my personal 'favorite' thing right now)... There's much to be considered.

    April 11, 2013

  • Fred

    Prime directive: Design an intelligent alien life form so different from Homo sapiens that it can't elect a Michele Bachmann or a Rick Santorum to Congress.

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woo hoo... I'm in. Been trying to find somebody to help me figure out which form would work best-w/ more chem than I have. And since we're playing 'god' if you will - do we need a 'prime directive'?

    April 2, 2013

  • michell

    I'm sooooo there!

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • Fred

      We're soooo glad. Bring your toughest questions to stump the quantum chemist.

      1 · March 23, 2013

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