John Hendricks’ adventures in curiosity

On the eve of the launch of his Curiosity Project — the first of two five-night events begins today — Gateway Canyons founder John Hendricks spoke about his latest educational initiative, which he believes will allow audiences to “dive deep” into the topics of science, technology, civilization and “the human spirit.”

His lecture on Earth history today launches a series of Curiosity Retreats.

Cost to attend the lectures can be as much as $6,000, but the retreats are limited to 70 attendees. The fee, an obvious demonstration of supply and demand, helps sponsor the work and travel of experts.

Future speakers include:

■ Dr. Vint Cerf, vice president and “chief Internet evangelist” at Google, who will discuss the “The Future of the Internet.”

■ Author and physician Dr. Deepak Chopra, who will speak on “Journey Into Enlightenment.”

■ Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at City College of New York, who will speak on “The Future of the Mind and Beyond.”

Experts in the fields of the Middle East and global security, China, nanotechnology, particle physics and “The Science of Happiness” are also slated to hold forth among the red rocks at future retreat events.

The next five-day intellectual adventure will be July 20-25.

As a bonus, Tesla Motors will capitalize on the scenic and beautiful byway that is Colorado Highway 141 by creating a special display and driving experience for the 2014 attendees, according to the resort. 

Beginning in 2015, Hendricks said, he will be working with universities to customize future retreats featuring top faculty experts whose presentations and “deep dive” interviews will be captured on video and made available online, he said.


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