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June 4, 2022

Science isn’t just a dispassionate search for truth. It also provides lessons for living the daily lives in the face of uncertainty and the need for commitment.

Dr Douglas Vakoch is president of METI International, a San Francisco-based scientific organisation that transmits powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars, in the hope of eliciting a reply from extraterrestrial civilisations. As an elected member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Institute for Space Law, he explores the scientific and societal dimensions of the search for life beyond Earth. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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