Pi- Symposium: What is Life?

Date: 2019-05-20

Time: 18:00 - 21:00

Venue: Scalateatern, Stockholm

Do not miss when Richard Dawkins on stage meets international and Swedish researchers for a spectacular evening on AI, evolution, science history and philosophy.

What is Life? 75 years ago, the physicist and Nobel prize winner Erwin Schrödinger published an essay on the universal question: Which are the building blocks of life? Are there limits to the scientific comprehension of living organisms? Despite scientific progress the question remains today, consciousness and matter are mysteries yet to solve.

Fri Tanke, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research are proud to present a Pi-symposium which will investigate what life is.

Will we ever crack the riddles of life? We have invited world leading biologists, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists, psychologists, philosophers and historians to discuss the mysteries of life and the challenges science stand up against.

The evening with include questions such as:
AI: Can we give human intelligence to machines?
Language and consciousness: What make us human?
Human 2.0: Which is the next step in the human evolution?
What is Life? The legacy of Erwin Schrödinger

The jazz singer and music award winner Isabella Lundberg is in charge of the entertainment for the evening.


Richard Dawkins, author, evolutionary biologist and emeritus fellow of The Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University
Ulf Danielsson, professor in theoretical physics, Uppsala University
Todd Sacktor, professor in physiology, pharmacology and neurology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
Robert Goldstone, Distinguished Professor of psychology, Indiana University in Bloomington
Abhijit Mahabal, Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Computer Science and researching corpus linguistics at Google
Ingrid Dunér, Ph.D. student in history of ideas, Lund University
Ulf Ellervik, professor in organic chemistry, Lund University
Dan Larhammar, professor in molecular cell biology, Uppsala University and President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Karl Sigmund, professor in mathematics, University of Vienna
Torbjörn Elensky, author
Christina Moberg, professor in organic chemistry, Royal Institute of Technology
Åsa Nilsonne, professor in medical psychology, Karolinska Institutet

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