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The Origins of Life in the Universe in Arts and Humanities Research

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101 lectures take place once per term, and cover topics in planetary science and life in the Universe. All lectures start at 1:30pm and are preceded by lunch (from 12:30pm).

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Abstract: The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe has incorporated Arts and Humanities within its research programme since its conception. That distinguishes it from other centres – often active partners of our own – working on the origins of life. What might that achieve? Dr Davison will survey some highlights from the history of thought about the origins of life, and will set out the Centre’s aims for these exchanges as a conversation running in both directions: the sciences to the humanities, and humanities to the sciences. In the first way, these collaborations help arts and humanities scholars to work with the most up-to-date theories and data from in the field. There is also value in the exchange running in the other direction, however. Centuries-old traditions of humanities thinking offer resources for coming at conceptual questions from new angles. That includes reflections on the nature of life – from philosophy, literature, and religion, for instance – but also on other concepts with scientific freight, such as the nature of matter. Philosophical interests can also bring together innovative collaborations between scientists and mathematicians. Join us as we explore and celebrate this distinctive element of the Centre’s mission and work.

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