The Origins Project at Arizona State University is hosting a weekend celebration of its fifth anniversary by focusing on the future of humanity in “Transcending our Origins: Violence, Humanity and the Future,” at 7 p.m., April 5 at ASU's Tempe campus.
Tickets for the April 5 Great Debates are now available. The Great Debates will be the capstone event to a weekend full of activities for the Origins Project. At 7 p.m., April 5, Origins will hold the first of two Great Debates in Gammage Auditorium on ASU’s Tempe campus. The first Great Debate is titled “The Origins of Violence,” and will feature such noted scholars and writers as experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, Harvard; primatologist Richard Wrangham, Harvard; political scientist Erica Chenoweth, University of Denver; psychologist Adrian Raine, University of Pennsylvania; international relations scholar John Mueller, Ohio State University; and Sarah Mathew, assistant professor is ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. The group will discuss the development of violence from the brain to world wars.
The second panel, which will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m., is titled “The Future: From Medicine and Synthetic Biology to Machine Intelligence.” It will feature scientists and notable experts such as evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, biologist and entrepreneur Craig Venter, science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, investor and former journalist Esther Dyson, distinguished scientist Eric Horvitz of Microsoft, science executive George Poste of ASU, and physician and evolutionary biologist Randy Nesse of ASU. They will talk about the future of new biomedical and robotic technologies and their impact on humanity.
Lawrence Krauss will moderate the evening.
Tickets for the Origins Project Great Debate Transcending our Origins: Violence, Humanity and the Future are available online through Ticketmaster.com and at the ASU Gammage Box Office, (480) 965-3434. Discounted student tickets are available with a student ID at the Gammage Box Office. The first 1,250 tickets are free (two per person) to persons presenting a valid ASU ID at the Gammage Box Office only.
For more information on Origins events, please go to origins.asu.edu, or call (480) 965-0053.