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Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation

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The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation is a private foundation established in 2000 by New York financier and convicted sex offender[1][2] Jeffrey Epstein.[3] Officially registered as J. Epstein VI Foundation, the "VI" stands for Virgin Islands, where the foundation is based and Epstein owned a private island. The foundation's board includes Cecile de Jongh, wife of the former governor, John de Jongh.

Activity

In 2003, the foundation pledged $30 million to Harvard University[4] to establish the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, directed by Martin Nowak, a professor of mathematics and biology.[5] The University received $6.5 million of this pledge.[6] The foundation has also supported NEURO.tv, a video series featuring experts discussing topics related to the brain,[7] and the OpenCog project, an open-source software initiative for Artificial intelligence.[8][9][10]

The foundation has also funded individual scientists, including Stephen Hawking, Marvin Minsky, Lawrence Krauss, Lee Smolin, George Church, Ben Goertzel, Kip Thorne, Gregory Benford and numerous Nobel laureates, including, Gerald Edelman, Murray Gell-Mann, Gerard ’t Hooft, David Gross, and Frank Wilczek.[11] In a 2003 profile, Epstein claimed he spent $20 million a year on these researchers.[12] Over the years, the Foundation has convened many of these scientists in conferences to discuss the consensus on fundamental science topics such as gravity, global threats to the Earth and language.[13]

As a representative of the foundation, Epstein sat on the Mind, Brain and Behavior Advisory Committee at Harvard University, and been involved in the Santa Fe Institute, the Theoretical Biology Initiative at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the Quantum Gravity Program at the University of Pennsylvania.[14] Epstein also served on the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Jeffrey Epstein must register as NY's highest level sex offender". Palm Beach Daily News.
  2. ^ "Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein: I'm a sex offender, not a predator". 25 February 2011.
  3. ^ "The Edge Organization: Profile Page".
  4. ^ a b The Harvard Crimson, June 5, 2003, "People in the News: Jeffrey E. Epstein" [1]
  5. ^ "Program for Evolutionary Dynamics". www.ped.fas.harvard.edu.
  6. ^ "Harvard To Keep Epstein Gift | News | The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  7. ^ "NEURO.tv Episodes - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  8. ^ "Jeffrey Epstein backs OpenCog Artificial Intelligence Research". h+ Media. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  9. ^ "About". OpenCog Foundation. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  10. ^ Hendricks, Drew. "Science Funder Jeffrey Epstein Launches Radical Emotional Software For The Gaming Industry". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  11. ^ New York, May 14, 2003, "Jeffrey Epstein: International Man of Mystery."
  12. ^ "Jeffrey Epstein: International Moneyman of Mystery - Nymag". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  13. ^ National Review Online, July 10, 2013, "Evolution at Harvard: How Financier Jeffrey Epstein Changed the Course of Evolutionary Studies at Harvard University" [2]
  14. ^ "Jeffrey Epstein Science website profile". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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