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Great Debates

The Origins Project Great Debates are our signature events. They present several viewpoints on a theme of importance to the public where guests are moderated by Origins Project Director, Lawrence Krauss, in an exciting public discussion to share and explore what they are learning about our origins. Audience members have opportunities to submit questions to the panel, to allow participation from those in attendance and from those streaming our Great Debates online.

Click on an upcoming event below for details in how to purchase tickets or watch via streaming online. Previous event videos may be found on our Origins Project YouTube channel, and are also embedded in the corresponding event pages found below. Visit our Events page for information about all of our events.

Upcoming Great Debates

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Past Great Debates

  • Great Debate: The Future of Artificial Intelligence - Who's in Control?

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • Will progress in Artificial Intelligence provide humanity with a boost of unprecedented strength to realize a better future, or could it present a threat to the very basis of human civilization? The future of AI is up for debate, in this Origins Great Debate.

  • Great Debate: Political Bodies - Sex, Gender & Reproductive Rights

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
  • Almost no issues galvanize the public more than questions associated with sex, gender, and reproductive rights. During this Great Debate, we hope to explore and examine these issues in the context of the scientific origins of sex and gender and the social, cultural, and political ways we live and express it.

  • Panel: Einstein's Legacy, Celebrating 100 Years of General Relativity

  • Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
  • 100 years ago, Albert Einstein forever changed our view of space, time, and the cosmos. Join some of the world's top experts for the culmination of a year long centenary celebration of Albert Einstein's developments of the theory of general relativity. Einstein himself would be amazed at what has transpired over the last century, from black holes to an accelerating universe!

  • Great Debate: Extinctions - Tragedy to Opportunity

  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00pm
  • Some say that we are in the midst of the 6th great extinction on Earth? Is this true? Join us as we explore the nature of extinction, from biology, and the great past extinctions, to culture, language, technology and the future of both our species and the Earth's biosphere, and ask whether, and to what extent extinction required for progress, and what we can do to preserve existing biodiversity on our planet.

  • Great Debate: The Storytelling of Science

  • Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 7:00pm
  • An evening focused on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science with the world’s most well known scientists, writers and broadcasters.

  • Great Debate: Origins of Deception

  • Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 7:00pm
  • Why is deception such an essential part of the human condition?  What evolutionary purpose does it fulfill?  How can we recognize it on an individual level, and overcome it on a societal level in a modern democracy?