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Paul Wason

John Templeton Foundation

Paul Wason is responsible for developing research initiatives investigating the evolution and fundamental nature of life, humanity, and mind as they relate to meaning and purpose. Specializing in cultural evolution and prehistory, Paul received his doctorate from Stony Brook University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bates College. His research on inequality, cultural evolution, and archaeological theory has been published as The Archaeology of Rank (1994), and in various articles.

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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