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Are We Alone?

February 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Recent research has shown that most stars have planetary systems, and that a non-negligible fraction of those planets are likely to be in the so-called “habitable zone,” where life may be possible. This makes the old question of “Are we alone?” more pressing: Does life exist elsewhere in the universe, and if so, is some of that life “intelligent” and able to communicate or otherwise interact with us? I discuss various aspects of these questions, including the research on exoplanets, the possibility of space travel, UFO (recently renamed “UAP”) phenomena, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). I conclude with some thoughts about the ethical meaning of a “yes” or a “no” answer to the “Are we alone?” question.

All Sunday Programming

9:45–10:45 a.m. CAN! Forum
9:45–10:45 a.m. Youth Activity Hour
10:55 a.m. to Noon Ethical Education Classes
11 a.m. to Noon Platform
12:30–1:30 p.m. Finding Connections Book Club
5:30–8 p.m. Third Sunday Dinner Theatre

Complimentary childcare available for ages 0-5 in our nursery from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Stream Platform on YouTube.


Member Dr. Claude Bernard

Dr. Claude Bernard is professor of physics, emeritus, at Washington University and a former deputy director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he studied theoretical high energy physics under the direction of Steven Weinberg. With biologist Ursula Goodenough and geologist Michael Wysession at Washington University, Dr. Bernard developed a course called The Epic of Evolution and taught the cosmology and astrophysics part of the course for many years. He was raised in the Ethical Culture movement, having graduated from the Long Island Society Sunday School in 1964, and has been a member of the Ethical Society of St. Louis since 1991.


This Platform will feature music from Lynn O'Brien. Lynn O'Brien is a seasoned vocalist, songwriter and performer with a soulful, dynamic voice. She has captivated thousands of audiences with her healing original songs, well-loved covers and compelling vocal improvisation - seamlessly blending genres like folk, jazz, pop, soul and blues. Lynn collaborates with creators across all mediums, and also soars as a solo artist; she accompanies her vocals on guitar, ukulele, piano and occasional loop station to create an a cappella "one woman choir" effect. Drawing on her background as a board-certified music therapist, women's empowerment coach, speaker and event emcee, Lynn brings a deep sense of presence, authenticity and inventiveness to every stage. www.LynnOBrien.love.


February 18
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117 United States
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