Hello? Are we alone?
October 26 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm CEST| Free
What role does imagination play when it comes to scientific thinking? In Fiction meets Science in Space, we will engage scientists and artists in a conversation based on four science fiction films where fiction meets science. How should we imagine life on Mars? Can we travel through time and if so, what exactly would happen? How many dimensions are there in our universe? Science Fiction movies give us a glimpse of what is possible, but what is fiction and what is science? In this series of four film events, Sabine Winters (founder Future Based) engages with scientists and artists about the reality behind fiction: Where does science meet fiction?
Sabine Winters (1983) is a freelance philosopher of science and the founder of the philosophy platform Future Based. With Future Based she organizes lectures, meetings and publishes podcasts and articles. Scientific Imagination is Sabine’s project in which she researches the role and function of imagination in scientific thinking.
Please note that two events will be held in English, two in Dutch.
The aftertalk of E.T. will be held in Dutch.
The question of questions: Are we alone in this universe?
The answer can be found in many science fiction films, but in none so moving as E.T. Where much science fiction is about aliens coming to take over the world like Independence day (1996) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), E.T. tells the heartwarming story of friendship between a young boy and an alien. It can be done this way, of course.
Science also has different answers about extraterrestrial life, some scientists say that we have long been visited by extraterrestrial life, while others say that we really are alone in the big void. During this magical evening (on the roof of the Focus), we will talk to science journalist George van Hal about extraterrestrial life, and why E.T. might not be so far from your bed at all.
Aftertalk (in Dutch) with George van Hal
He writes about astronomy, physics, space travel and real science in science fiction(movies). In 2015, Atlas Contact publishers published his first book on the latter subject, Robots, Aliens and Popcorn. In the years since, several books on science have followed – from the insane promise of quantum computers to the weirdest things you can encounter in the deep cosmos.