Origins of Life in Space

Railyard Mainstage

June 8th, 2018 from 12:45pm to 1:15pm


When considering the origins (and possibilities) of life in space, there are many complex and interweaving questions to find the answers for. How likely is it that we will find life in space? How to we even calculate that likelihood? Where do we look, and what are the best methods to use in our search? And in the end, whether we find life in space or not, what does that mean to us as a species and a planet? Columbia University’s Director of Astrobiology Caleb Scharf, and biologist and complexity scientist Chris Kempes discuss these thought provoking questions, and offer specific insight into what we can expect as this search for extraterrestrial life continues.