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Welcome to The Origins Blog. Here we share insights from behind the scenes interviews with our prestigious guests and colleagues, new and inspired perspectives from what we learn and discover about our origins, and a bit of the unexpected about our events and what goes on behind the scenes.

  • William J. Perry: A "Cold Warrior" Working to End the Nuclear Threat

  • Posted on February 13, 2018 - 4:14pm
  • William J. Perry, the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense and notable Cold Warrior, has had a long and illustrious career in national defense and diplomacy—a career that began almost by chance, but that became a lifelong calling. Perry has devoted his life to reducing the nuclear threat, first in the private sector, and later in government, education, and diplomacy.

  • Interview with Zachary Adam

  • Posted on May 4, 2017 - 4:18pm
  • On April 5, 2017 I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Dr. Zachary Adam. Dr. Adam is a Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Harvard Origins Initiative. His research focuses on the broad theme of “Physicochemical automata and life’s origins.” He was brought to ASU as the recipient of the 2017 Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award and to give several lectures to the public on the research being done to understand the origins of life.

  • Q&A with Great Debate Panelists on AI

  • Posted on February 24, 2017 - 4:28pm
  • What makes humans so special? From a scientific point of view one could say that we’re special because we have brains capable of immensely large computational powers. From a philosophical point of view one could say we’re special due to our ability to reason, make decisions, and feel emotions. Whatever the reason you choose to prescribe to, I’m sure we can all agree that human beings are wonderfully complex and will always be at the top of the food chain. Right?

  • Q&A with Frank Wilczek on the Materiality of Vacuum

  • Posted on January 24, 2017 - 6:29pm
  • As a blog writer for the Origins Project I strive to introduce the world to amazing people. As a neuroscientist I strive to learn what makes them tick. On January 23rd, 2016 I accomplished both of these goals when I met with Dr. Frank Wilczek. Dr. Wilczek is a theoretical physicist who holds the position of Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is also an Origins Project Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University.

  • Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression Part 2

  • Posted on November 28, 2016 - 4:03pm
  • In April 2016 I attended the Symposium on Neuroethics hosted by the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Here Neurologists and Neuroscientists discussed emerging neurotechnology and how it’s being implemented. While at this conference I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Helen Mayberg.

  • Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression Part 1

  • Posted on November 21, 2016 - 3:59pm
  • In April 2016 I attended the Symposium on Neuroethics hosted by the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Here Neurologists and Neuroscientists discussed emerging neurotechnology and how it’s being implemented. While at this conference I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Helen Mayberg.

  • Deep Brain Stimulation for the Minimally Conscious Part 2

  • Posted on November 10, 2016 - 3:54pm
  • In April 2016 I attended the Symposium on Neuroethics hosted by the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Here Neurologists and Neuroscientists discussed emerging neurotechnology and how it’s being implemented. While at this conference I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Joseph J. Fins.

  • Deep Brain Stimulation for the Minimally Conscious Part 1

  • Posted on November 3, 2016 - 3:42pm
  • In April 2016 I attended the Symposium on Neuroethics hosted by the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Here Neurologists and Neuroscientists discussed emerging neurotechnology and how it’s being implemented.

  • Meet the Men and Women Uncovering Inconvenient Truths

  • Posted on October 10, 2016 - 12:49pm
  • On October 19, the Origins Project will host a conversation with leading public thinkers and writers Elizabeth Kolbert, Michael Shermer, and Curtis Marean. This unscripted and candid conversation, moderated by Lawrence Krauss, will uncover Inconvenient Truths: From Love to Extinctions, as our guests discuss aspects of skepticism, power, deceit, climate change, and the environment.

  • 100 Years of Gender History: A Timeline

  • Posted on July 28, 2016 - 10:02am
  • Same-sex love, sexuality, sexism, and transgender people are recorded in almost all cultures across human history, and for just as long there is a history of the persecution associated with sexuality, gender, and reproductive rights. Explore this timeline to see how policy has changed in the last century, and how it continues to affect gender minorities and fundamental human rights across the globe.

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