Dr. Russ Genet — free public lecture

July 15, 2011

Dr. Russ Genet to Trace Humanity’s Discovery of the Cosmos on August 3

Evening Star Hunt to Follow Free Public Lecture by Distinguished Astronomer

In a colorful slide presentation and lecture, astronomer and noetic scientist Russ Genet will trace humanity’s discovery of the cosmos beginning with pre-scientific cosmologies and culminating in the Big Bang Theory and the Runaway Universe. The lecture, beginning at 7 p.m., concludes with a summary of our current search for exoplanets and our quest to find life and alien civilizations among the stars.

The presentation is free and open to the public and takes place from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at The Evergreen State College Campus (in the Longhouse). The cost for parking is $2. Weather permitting, the lecture will be followed by an exploration of the evening sky in a star hunt.

Genet tells the story of the evolution of human consciousness, from primeval stardust to planetary stardom, and explores the emergence of the story through scientific research and wonder. He views the multi-faceted epic through unexpected lenses, and follows it through education. Finally, he explores the evolutionary epic as it shifts cultural and scientific paradigms, serves our quest for a brighter future, and enriches humanity’s imaginative and spiritual dimensions.

Evergreen students will also be making presentations on their published research into binary stars on August 3.

Genet’s presentation is part of the Cosmology and Consciousness — Summer Lecture Series (schedule of events). The series is made possible by the 2011 Noosphere Award from The Evergreen State College Foundation.

Dr. Russ Genet

About Dr. Russ Genet

Russell M. Genet, PhD, is a Research Scholar in Residence at California Polytechnic State University, Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at Cuesta College, and Director of the Orion Observatory. He is the author of a dozen books and over one hundred scientific papers. Genet, who pioneered the world’s first fully robotic observatory (featured in the PBS special The Perfect Stargazer), was the 51st President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.  His latest book in the field of cosmic evolution, Humanity: The Chimpanzees Who Would Be Ants, gives an account of how we came to be, drawn from the current groundbreaking science, and suggests possible future scenarios. 

Genet recently co-chaired three conferences and co-edited three books related to his work in cosmic evolution:

  1. The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques
  2. The Evolutionary Epic: Science’s Story and Humanity’s Response
  3. Science, Wisdom and the Future: Humanity’s Quest for a Flourishing Earth

Jason Wettstein (360) 867-5213, (360) 451-3167; wettstej@evergreen.edu
Rebecca Chamberlain (360) 866-2141; chambreb@evergreen.edu