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TUTORIAL DISCUSSION TOPICS

At the beginning of each GenS 4014 tutorial two teams of two students each (determined by the tutor in the previous week) will hold a 5 - 10 min debate on a topic suppplied by the tutor in the previous week. The topics are listed below.

Session 2 2005:

Please note! These debate topics are subject to change, especially at the start of a session.

Week:

Tutorial Discussion Topic

Week 3

Is an alien like the ocean in Solaris possible? How could it manipulate its environment? How might it communicate? What kind of thoughts would it have? What is the most non-human alien you have encountered in popular culture?

Week 4

Fermi's Paradox

Week 5

Terraforming

Week 6

What is Life?

Week 7

Are we the only intelligent beings in the Universe?

Week 8

Intelligent Design versus Random Fluke

Week 9

How To Communicate with an Alien

Week 10

Signs? Why eating your crusts and believing in aliens is good for you...

Week 11

Impact of ET Contact

Week 13

Quiz preparation

 

Debates should be no longer than 15 minutes per debator, followed by a class discussion.


The tutorial questions discussed in Phys 2170 differ from GenS 4014, involving a more rigorous treatment of the arguments. The questions for the year are available here in pdf format.