• Have you ever had a dream in which you are aware that you are dreaming? These seemingly altered states of consciousness are called lucid dreams. If you’re not sure of what they are they can be disturbing, but many people use them to solve the problems of their waking lives, or even just for fun. We’ll hear about this experience from a couple of dreamers, and find out about the science of lucid dreaming from one of the world’s leading researchers in the field.
  • The Deep Evolutionary Roots of Cancer Professor Paul Davies, Regents' Professor and Director, the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Arizona State University 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Arizona State University    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Processing in Eusocial Insect Collective Decision-making at Arizona State University
  • Make sure you check out this awesome site with information on everything from cosmos to meaning! Also features our Beyond Staff Paul Davies!

The Beyond Center

BEYOND is a pioneering center devoted to confronting the really big questions of science and philosophy.

Our research projects address such issues, and range from cosmology, through astrobiology to the ultimate fate of humanity. We tackle subjects as diverse as time travel, the colonization of Mars, multiple universes, the nature of complexity and the relationship between mathematics and nature.

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Our Goal

Bring together scientists and philosophers from all disciplines to brainstorm some of the age-old questions of existence, using the latest ideas and discoveries at the forefront of scientific research. Develop new experimental and theoretical research projects that change the way scientists think about foundational questions.

Have you ever wondered…

  • How the universe came to exist?
  • Where the laws of nature come from?
  • How life began?
  • Whether or not we are alone in the universe?

Research Topics

Scientists have little idea how, where or when life began, but the study of biogenesis is a major part of the subject of astrobiology.

Time is the most fundamental aspect of our experience, and yet it remains mysterious in many ways.

Science works because the universe is ordered in an intelligible way.

The Community

We are here to communicate the excitement and challenge of scientific endeavor related to the big questions. This is conducted through public lectures, podcasts, newspaper, magazine articles, and other special events.

You don’t have to be a distinguished scientist to get involved with BEYOND – although we welcome those, too. There are many ways that you can help. You can volunteer your time during our workshops, lend us your space, or becoming a sponsor. A list of our sponsors can be found below. We would love your help confronting the big questions!

Get Involved

If you share our vision of BEYOND, and would like to become involved in this unique intellectual adventure, there are several ways you can help...