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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.

  • What’s The Point? Learning the History of Violence

  • Posted on September 4, 2015 - 11:00am
  • It’s a question I asked myself frequently as I researched, organized, and wrote the content for the Origins of Violence archive. I’ve never doubted the importance of preparing an open-access, community-focused treatment of the exciting and impactful work that was done during April 2014’s Origins of Violence workshop.

  • The Origins Of PTSD

  • Posted on July 21, 2015 - 11:00am
  • While doing research for The ASU Origins Project’s new educational experience: The Origins of Violence, two questions began to emerge for me. What are the natural reactions to the trauma these victims of violence were exposed to? And, are these reactions consistently represented throughout time?

  • Interacting with a Force in Physics: An Interview with Frank Wilczek, Part 2

  • Posted on July 19, 2015 - 10:00am
  • "I’m having as much fun with just about anything in this work. It’s really fun, it’s what I talked about in terms of theories of beauty and perception. It’s a mixture of novelty and predictability that seems to be just the right kind of mixture to keep things going forward."

  • The End of the Beginning, New Horizons

  • Posted on July 16, 2015 - 11:00am
  • This week the world celebrated the end of an era as the New Horizons spacecraft made a fly-by approach of the furthest classical planet in our solar system, Pluto. The occasion shared a special anniversary – it was 50 years to the day that the Mariner 4 probe flew by the planet Mars, giving us the closest look at another planet for the very first time.

  • Looking up at the night's sky: Meeting Adrian Liu

  • Posted on April 24, 2015 - 1:30pm
  • Adrian Liu is someone who was never intimidated by the vast scale of our universe. Liu explained how the fear of physics is somewhat acquired, and that fundamentally it’s not all that different from when any of us looked up at the night’s sky and ask ourselves “what is that?”

  • Bringing notes to life, the legacy of Phillip Glass

  • Posted on April 15, 2015 - 2:30pm
  • With the strike of a key, the individual pieces of the piano were brought to life in an orchestral manner with the ethereal music of Phillip Glass. The life work of a man who has been called “one most influential and controversial contemporary composers”, lives on through his compositions, played by a new generation of performers.

  • Three Questions with Noam Chomsky

  • Posted on March 27, 2015 - 11:30am
  • Just before the March 22, 2015 Dialogue: Science, Mind, and Politics, I had the chance to sit down with Noam Chomsky for a quick interview to hear his thoughts on the intersection of creativity, art, and science.

  • Who is Noam Chomsky?

  • Posted on March 4, 2015 - 3:30pm
  • There are many titles that accurately describe Chomsky. Linguist, activist, philosopher, computer scientist, professor, dissident, scientist, anarchist, behaviorist, and intellectual.

  • Diane Ackerman and the Beauty of Nature

  • Posted on February 24, 2015 - 4:30pm
  • There’s confusion surrounding extinction and humans - whether it happens to us, or because of us? The Anthropocene, the geological age of humanity, is a forceful topic because it plays on humans’ invasiveness, and how we have begun to leave a giant imprint of Earth’s life systems.