Free Thinking

Aliens: The Ultimate Them and Us

Radio Times
Review by:
Laurence Joyce

“It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.” And perhaps it would take the logical Vulcan mind of Mr Spock to settle this Free Thinking debate entitled Aliens: the Ultimate Them and Us that asks what effect the discovery of alien life would have on humanity, and would it be a good idea for us to do some of the groundwork now?

Matthew Sweet is joined by science-fiction writer Stephen Baxter, broadcaster and journalist Sue Nelson, futurist and neuroscientist Anders Sandberg, and leading space scientist John Zarnecki to weigh up the remote cosmic possibilities and to separate the little green men from the boys.

About this programme

Matthew Sweet chairs a debate entitled Aliens: The Ultimate Them and Us, recorded at the Sage Gateshead as part of the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, with sci-fi writer Stephen Baxter, journalist Sue Nelson and space scientist John Zarnecki on the panel.