A mass extinction, writes Annalee Newitz on the science-fiction/science blog io9, occurs when more than 75% of all species on the planet die in under 2 million years. So far, there’ve been five mass extinctions on Earth over 540 million years, and many scientists believe we are on the cusp of a sixth—certainly there are enough apocalyptic signs (climate change, pandemics, catastrophic volcanoes, oh my!). But don’t give up hope, says Newitz, author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember; we humans have a long history of dodging the extinction bullet. And by revealing the keys to our long-term survival, Newitz suggests practical ways to keep dodging—and to live to build a better world. Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm
The Pub at Town Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5. Double Feature!
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5. Double Feature!
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.