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2015 ANNUAL REPORT

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83

rd

AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

Distinguished Lecturers

Cushing Orator,

Charles Krauthammer, MD

Charles Krauthammer, MD, who

referred to himself as a “psychiatrist

in remission,” provided his interesting

insider perspective on the issues in

Washington, D.C., where he says it is

possible to subsume all current political arguments under

a multi-faceted umbrella issue: What is the proper size,

scope, reach and power of government? What is the nature

of the American experiment? What is the nature of the social

contract between America’s citizens and the state?

Hunt-Wilson Lecture,

Jonathan Turley

Prof. Jonathan Turley began his remarks

speaking about the 83

rd

AANS Annual

Scientific Meeting theme, Founding

Principles. He expressed his belief that

founding principles tether those who

follow to something essential and true. In his case, the area

of constitutional law, these principles came from the framers

of the Constitution. According to Turley, current practices in

the government are departing from the founding principles

and changing American politics in dangerous ways, without

debate or discussion. Turley suggested that these changes are

taking away individual rights, and that “if you let liberty go,

it rarely comes back.”

Rhoton Family Lecture,

Spencer Wells, PhD

Wells believes we are in another massive

extinction period, though this time

we are losing cultures. While globally

we currently have 6,000 languages,

we are losing one every two weeks.

As a species — biologically — we “really don’t have much

going for us,” but that change in our highly adaptable brain

allowed humans to create responsive, novel cultures. As

cultural diversity is a large part of what defines us as Homo

sapiens, “losing a culture is like losing a chapter in the story

of humanity.”