The Origins Symposium at Arizona State University was held a few days ago inaugurating a new initiative called The Origins Initiative at ASU. The leading numero unos of the science world gathered for a dozen panels about the world and its intelligibility. From the program:
In partnership with The Science Network, this unprecedented event will bring together 70 of the world’s leading scientists and scholars, including 8 Nobel Laureates, and the world’s pre-eminent scientific public intellectuals, for three days of panels directed at exploring important outstanding research questions, and will be capped by several remarkable associate activities, including a full day of public lectures and panels at the 3000 seat Gammage Auditorium on ASU’s Tempe campus.
The only problem I have with the perspective of the The Science Network and Lawrence Krauss, who initiated this symposium, is the exclusion of social and humanist sciences. There is only one panel about the contemporary culture, and it could very well be parallelled with a panel on consumption, culture and the political Bios. And why not include a few artists and art historians while you’re at it?
Watch out for the videos, they will be posted here soon.