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  • Origins Project Mission

    The Origins Project helps expand understanding, improve education, and raise public awareness of key issues by generating and disseminating new knowledge to help address global problems, improve the quality of life, and inform the development of sound public policy.

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  • Origins Project Amazon Cruise

    The Origins Project invites you to join Origins Project Director Lawrence Krauss and Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins for an enlightening cruise in the Amazon beginning December 30, 2017. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime adventure!

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  • Welcome Frank Wilczek and Sidney Altman

    ASU officially welcomed Frank Wilczek and Sidney Altman, both Nobel laureates, as part of its faculty. Altman and Wilczek cite their friendship with Origins Project Director Lawrence Krauss and their connection to the Origins Project as the impetus for accepting their new positions at ASU.

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  • Thank you!

    Thank you for an amazing 2015-2016 season. We hosted over a dozen public and private events, which attracted thousands of guests and millions of views online. From Antarctica to Phoenix, the Origins Project continues to explore fundamental questions facing humankind today.

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Welcome to The Origins Project

Founded and directed by Lawrence Krauss, the Origins Project was created to explore humankind's most fundamental questions about our origins.

To tackle these questions, we bring together a diverse collection of the world’s leading scientists, scholars, and public intellectuals to discuss, and if possible create, new research opportunities associated with forefront issues ranging from the origin of the universe to the origins of life, modern humans, consciousness, culture, complex systems and technology.

We aim to serve as a resource for the public understanding of science by creating unique opportunities for experts and the general public to engage with one another, share information, and ultimately work together to address the numerous global challenges of the 21st century.

The Origins Project 2015-2016 Newsletter is now available. Check it out online to learn about our recent and upcoming events and offerings.

Upcoming Events

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Origins Portal

The Origins Education Portal allows users to explore materials presented in and inspired by our exclusive scientific workshops. Curated by leading experts, researchers and world renowned scholars who participated in our events, we will make available a growing one-of-a-kind archive of information of use for teachers, students, and the general public.

Our first installment, The Origins of Violence: An Overview, is only the beginning. We invite you to enter this interactive portal to learn and share what you discover.

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Dawkins & Krauss: Life, The Universe, And Everything (An Origins Project Dialogue)

Origins Throwback

Last year, Richard Dawkins joined Lawrence Krauss at the Academia Film Olomouc Science Film Festival. The Origins Project went to central Europe for the first time with this dialogue featuring Krauss and Dawkins discussing life and the universe, interdisciplinary issues, and science in general as a useful guide for humans.

Learn more about this monumental Origins Project Dialogue from April 2015

Visiting Distinguished Professors

Frank Wilczek, Peter Singer & Sidney Altman

We regularly bring scholars and public intellectuals to ASU for extended periods, and are excited to welcome 2015-2016 Origins Project Distinguished Visiting Professors Peter Singer, and Nobel Laureates, Frank Wilczek and Sidney Altman.