‘Alien life in the universe’ by Victor Farrugia

Finding alien life on other planets or moons would lead to a paradigm shift in our present thinking about our place in the universe. This talk is not only about the knowledge of life on our planet but the understanding what it is all about and how it came to be. Only by understanding the fundamentals of life here can we look for life elsewhere. Even here on Earth life is so different though it all started from a common origin. Or did it? This does not mean that we are to expect life elsewhere to move, look or acquire energy to live as organisms do on Earth. One has to look for life elsewhere not with our yardstick or expectations but with an open mind. Life did not start on Earth as it is now after billions of years of evolution, nor will it be the same in a billion years from now (if mankind survives). When we meet extraterrestrials, at what stage will these aliens be in their evolution? How far are we in our endeavours to find life elsewhere? And will mankind make that vital trip to elsewhere before this planet ends its lifespan?

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Stella Maris College, Gżira. Access to the lecture room is through Emmanuel Drive via E. Giordano Street and parking within the College grounds. Thanks to the College, in particular the Director Bro. David Mizzi, for allowing us to hold this activity at the College. (This activity was originally planned for 13 May but had to be postponed at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.)