NOVA WONDERS

Are we alone? A new “NOVA” series explores humanity’s ongoing search for extraterrestrial life.

Aired on May 09, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> THIS PONT ON PBS OB, THE MAKERS OF THE AWARD-WINNING SCIENCE PROGRAM NOVA PRESENT A NEW SERIES.

THE SIX PART SERIES NOVA WONDERS FOLLOWS SCIENTISTS AS THEY TACKLE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFE AND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.

FROM THE MYSTERIES OF ASTRO PHYSICAL TOKYO THE HUMAN BRAIN TO THE CHALLENGES OF WORLD INCREASINGLY RUN BY INTELLIGENT MACHINES.

NOVA WONDERING TAKES VIEWERS ON THE JOURNEY TO THE FRONTIER OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH.

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE SEEKS TO ANSWER AN OLD QUESTION IS THERE LIFE BEYOND OUR PLANET HERE A PREVIEW.

OUR SUN IS ONE OF AN ESTIMATED 300 BILLION STARS IN THE MILKY WAY.

AND WE THINK THERE ARE AT LEAST 100 BILLION OTHER GALAXIES.

SO WHAT ARE THE CHANCE THAT IS ALL THE FUN IS ONLY HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN OUR TINY CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE?

TODAY, ASTRONOMERS AND ENGINEERS ARABLING NEW TOOLS TO PROBE OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AND OUR GALAXY.

HUNTING FOR CLUES OF LIFE BEYOND EARTH.

WHAT ARE THEY DISCOVERING?

I'M ANDRE FENTAS.

I'M TALITH WILLIAMS AND IN THIS EPISODE NOVA WONDERS, ARE WE ALONE?

AND WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO FIND OUT.

JOINING US NOW IS ONE OF THE COHOST ATTENTION DR. ANDRE FENTON, A PROVESLE NEURAL SCIENCE WELCOME.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

LISTEN, THIS PROGRAM IS REALLY AMAZING.

TELL US WHAT IS NEW AND DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS SERIES.

SO THE SERIES IS FOCUSED ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST THAT WE CAN COME UP WITH AS A SPECIES, THE THINGS WE ALL WONDERED ABOUT ACROSS THE MILLENNIA.

THAT'S WHAT WE FOCUS ON.

IT'S AT THE FRONTIER OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE AND EVEN IMAGINATION.

LISTEN, I LISTED A COUPLE IN THE INTRODUCTION OF SOME OF THE TOPICS YOU COVER.

THEY ARE QUESTIONS THAT SOONER OR LATER I THINK ALL OF US BEGIN TO WONDER ABOUT.

GIVE US A MORE.

ELABORATE ON SOME OF THE ISSUES.

THE FIRST ONE OPENING THE SERIES IS WHAT ARE ANIMALS SAYING?

THEY MAKE SOUNDS, HAVE WAYS OF COMMUNICATING.

DO THEY HAVE AN ACTUAL LANGUAGE?

THE NEXT SHOW WAS, YOU KNOW, WE ARE FULL -- WE ARE AN ECOSYSTEM -- WE ARE FULL OF STUFF.

YES.

A HUGE AMOUNT OF STUFF LIVING IN IT.

TRULY.

TRULY.

WHAT IS THAT STUFF.

. IS WHAT IS THAT THE IN THE UPCOMING WEEK IS ARE WE ALONE?

ARE THERE OTHER FORMS OF LIFE BEYOND WHAT WE KNOW ON OUR PLANET?

YOU CAN THEN ASK, WHAT IS ACTUALLY THE UNIVERSE MADE OF ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT?

LIKE, WHAT IS THE STUFF THAT THE WHOLE WORLD -- ALL OF EXISTENCE IS MADE OF?

AND THE ANSWERS ARE FASCINATING.

THERE ARE TWO OTHER SHOWS.

ANOTHER ONE ASKS, CAN WE ACTUALLY BUILD A BRAIN.

YEAH.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

INTELLIGENTS LIKE BRAIN MAYBE BETTER.

AND CAN WE MAKE LIFE?

CAN WE ENGINEER AND CREATE LIFE.

YEAH, AND EVE SEEN A LOT OF THE EPISODE AND THEY ARE AMAZING, LIKE I SAID.

BUT YOU AND YOUR TWO COHOSTING, A MATH TISSUEN AND A COMPUTER SCIENTIST.

YOU ARE VERY YOUNG.

IS THERE A TARGET AUDIENCE FOR THIS PARTICULAR SERIES?

ARE YOU TRYING TO REACH A YOUNGER AUDIENCE.

WELL THE FOCUS IS THE TYPICAL PBS I THINK AUDIENCE WHICH TENDS TO BE SOMEWHAT OLDER.

BUT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE REAL AND PRACTICING SCIENTISTS.

WE COME TO THE MATERIAL WITH ENERGY AND, YES, WE LOOK YOUNG.

I HAPPEN TO BE A LOT OLD ARE THAN I LOOK.

CONGRATULATIONS, MAN.

YOU GOT TO TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE DRINKING.

THAT'S RIGHT.

BUT THE WHICH I APPROACH THE SERIES AND THOUGHT ABOUT IT WAS THIS WAS THE SHOW THAT I WISH I HAD.

YES.

AS I WAS GROWING UP AS I WAS A KID.

BECAUSE I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT SCIENCE WAS FASCINATING.

YES.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT SCIENCE COULD STRETCH YOUR IMAGINATION.

IT WASN'T CREATIVE.

THAT'S NOT HOW I UNDERSTOOD IT.

I HOPE THAT'S WHAT THE SERIES IS ABLE TO DO.

LET'S TALK WITH THE EPISODE COME UP.

IS THERE LIFE BEYOND THIS PLANET?

WE HEARD IT IN THE SBRUKS.

REPEAT IT -- GIVE US A SENSE OF HOW HUGE THIS UNIVERSE IS.

SO, IN OUR GALAXY, THE MILKY WAY, THERE IS 300ISH BILLION STARS.

THAT'S A REALLY BIG NUMBER.

BUT THERE IS OTHER GALAXIES AND AT LEAST ANOTHER 100 OR SO BILLION STARS THERE.

AND SO IF YOU DO THE MATH.

INCOMPREHENSIBLE.

IT'S INCOMPREHENSIBLE

IT'S HUGE.

THE FIRST REACTION WHEN YOU HEAR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND YOU DRY TO GRASP THE SIZE OF THE UNIVERSE WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GRASP.

OF COURSE YOU THINK HOW COULD THERE NOT BE LIFE BEYOND EARTH, RIGHT.

ABSOLUTELY.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR HAVING A PLANET LIKE THE EARTH, APPROXIMATELY THE SAME SIZE, A PARTICULAR DISTANCE FROM A WUN SUN, THE TEMPERATURE IS APPROXIMATELY WHAT IT IS THAT'S NECESSARY FOR LIFE AS WE KNOW IT ON EARTH, THERE IS, LIKE, TENNISH BILLION OR SO SUCH PLANETS.

SO THERE ARE 10 BILLION POSSIBILITIES FOR LIFE TO EVOLVE.

WHAT ABOUT -- AND I HEARD THIS IN THIS EPISODE.

AND ENRICO FERMI, THE ITALIAN PHYSICALIST.

HE ASKED THE QUESTION WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

IF THE UFRPS IS POPULATED WITH LIKE HOW COME THEY NEVER MAKE CONTACT.

IT'S A HARD QUESTION TO ANSWER.

THEY MAY NOT BE LOOKING FOR US.

THEY MIGHT BE VERY FAR AWAY AND THE SIGNALS DON'T COME TO US.

OR WE MAY HAVE DETECTED THEM.

WE JUST WOULDN'T RECOGNIZE IT.

RIGHT.

OR THEY MAY BE LOOKING SO ADVANCED WE CAN'T TELL THEY'RE LOOKING AT US.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS OF COMMUNICATING, MANY WAYS OF BEING.

YEAH.

AND WE HAVEN'T ACTUALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT YET.

LISTEN, YOU KNOW THERE IS MORE TO TALK ABOUT, SO MUCH MORE, CONCERNING THIS SERIES.

I HOPE PEOPLE WATCH IT BECAUSE IT'S REALLY EDUCATIONAL.

AND ENLIGHTENING AND FUN.

THANK YOU, DOCTOR FOR JOINING ME.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

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