The (astrobiological) science of cinema

Could a meteorite erase humanity, and by the way every living creature, from the face of the Earth? And a virus? How is Mars, a planet so close to ours and at the same time so vertiginously distant? And, more difficult still, who are we and where do we come from? All these questions, seemingly borderline with metaphysics, actually have empirical and measurable answers. The cinema, in its infinite and neat phagocytosis of themes and arguments of all origins, has made them their own on numerous occasions.


The resulting products are many times a halfway between science and fiction, although there are always objective facts that can be learned. Of course, always with a critical eye. If you do not have the proper training, that's what the dissemination is for: that's where the proposal that hosts the Cosmocaixa headquarters in Alcobendas, in Madrid, the meeting From the cosmos to celluloid. Astrobiology through cinema (from October 17 to December 12), a cycle of lectures in which, through extracts from films, invite you to discover the connections between the universe and life.

The idea in itself to explain science through cinema-, has not been invented now. "What is original is how we are going to offer it," says Jesús Martínez Frías, Head of the Department of Planetology and Habitability of the Center for Astrobiology of CSIC, who will moderate the talk Meteorites: Messengers of space and impact risks (December 12). ). "Instead of passing a movie and commenting on it, we are going to connect social networks with science and dissemination."

 

Fuente: EL PAIS. Silvia Hernando

 

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