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Science on Screen - Arrival

March 11th 7:00pm

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Is the way we perceive reality influenced by the language we speak?

Join us for another Science on Screen presentation from Bernard Bates, Physics professor at University of Puget Sound, followed by the film Arrival!


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MORE ABOUT THE FILM

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team--lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)--are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers--and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

MORE ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Do we perceive reality the same way as aliens? The movie Arrival imagines a species of visitors whose perception of time is radically different than ours. For this alien species, past, present, and future all exist at the same time. This is not the way we see time, as a linear track from past, to the momentary present and into the future.
Would we be able to communicate with aliens if we don’t even share the same "reality"?


MORE ABOUT THE PRESENTER

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Bernard Bates grew up in Brooklyn NY and studied physics, geology and mathematics as an undergraduate at Brown University. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Washington.
He's taught astronomy at Edmonds College, The University of Washington and, since 1988, at the University of Puget Sound.
Since 2002, he has taught a Puget Sound course on SETI -The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.





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