Disappointed by the US gov’t. shutdown? Hmm… intelligence can be hard to find these days on Earth. But surely there is intelligent life in space?

ANU astrobiologist Charley Lineweaver wants us to rethink our place in the universe. In this entertaining talk from the 2013 TEDxCanberra, Charley explores what he sees as the flawed logic of much of what we think about our evolution, and asks the big question: is there anybody (else) out there?

Watch it on YouTube: Science, humility and the fallacy of the planet of the apes