ASU's Krauss on cover of Humanist magazine

By

Skip Derra

Arizona State University professor Lawrence Krauss is featured on the cover of the November/December Humanist magazine, with an accompanying article (“Humanism, Doubt and Optimism”) that is his address to the American Humanist Association when he accepted the 2015 Humanist of the Year award.

The Humanist of the Year award was established in 1953 to recognize a person of national or international reputation who, through the application of humanist values, has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the human condition.

Krauss said he was particularly pleased by the Humanist award.

“The list of past awardees includes many intellectual heroes of mine, and to join that list is truly one of the greatest honors of my life,” he said.

“Moreover, the context of this award, humanism, means a great deal to me, because humanism characterizes the spirit that I have tried to use as a guide in my personal, professional and public activities,” he said. “That spirit, to me, can be summed up as follows: It is up to us determine the nature of the way in which we carry out our lives, using a combination of reason, intelligence, and compassion.”

Krauss is internationally known for his work in theoretical physics and cosmology, and is a well-known author, science communicator, activist and public intellectual. His research covers science from the beginning of the universe to the end of the universe, and includes the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics.

In addition to being an ASU Foundation Professor, Krauss is the director of the Origins Project at ASU, which explores key questions about our origins, who we are and where we came from, and then holds open forums to encourage public participation.