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Speakers About Science

Dan Barker
  • Located in Madison, WI
  • Former evangelical minister
  • Co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Author of Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
  • Author of Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (with a foreword by Richard Dawkins)
  • Author of The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God
  • Dynamic Speaker and Debater (and singer!)
  • Frequent media appearances including the Phil Donahue show, Maury Povich, Hannity & Colmes, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Co-host of Freethought Radio
Rob Boston
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Assistant editor of AU's monthly magazine Church & State
  • Leading writer and researcher on church-state topics
  • Serves as spokesman for AU and has appeared on NBC's Nightly News, CNN's Headline News, Fox News, and other programs.
Ed Brayton
  • Located near Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Owner of the Freethought Blogs network and the popular blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars.
  • President and co-founder of Michigan Citizens for Science.
  • Recipient of the Friend of Darwin award from the National Center for Science Education.
  • Host of Culture Wars Radio on WPRR in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Former stand-up comedian.
Baba Brinkman
  • Located in New York
  • Rap artist
  • Playwright
  • Science Communicator
  • Advocate of Evolution
Tom Clark
  • Located in Boston, MA
  • Founder, Center for Naturalism.
  • Developer of Naturalism.Org, a leading Web resource on worldview naturalism, its implications and applications.
  • Author, Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses and many publications and presentations on naturalism, free will, science, addiction, and criminal and social justice.
  • Host and moderator, Philosophy CafĂ© at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA.
Mark Edward
  • Located in San Pedro, CA
  • Steering Committee Member of IIG West (Independent Investigation Group) - an affiliate branch of CFI (Center for Inquiry, Skeptical Inquirer Magazine)
  • Editorial Board of Skeptic magazine since inception
  • Performing Magic Castle performer since 1975
  • Author of Feral House Publishing: "Psychic Blues" reviewed in New York Times, Daily Mail UK and availble at amazon.com
  • Recently on the Halloween episode of "The Jeff Probst Show" and "Inside Edition" showing how psychics defraud the public.
  • Find his website at www.themarkedward.com.

Scott Forschler
  • Located in St. Cloud, MN
  • PhD in Philosophy (U of MN, 2004), emphasis in ethical theory
  • former member of Campus Atheists and Secular Humanists (U of MN), Minnesota Atheists
  • previously taught philosophy at several Minnesota community colleges and the University of Minnesota
  • author of several peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations on ethics
  • author of the upcoming book The Logic of Morality, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield
  • currently a philosophy instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Abby Hafer
  • Located in Bedford, MA
  • D.Phil. in zoology from Oxford University
  • Teaches human anatomy and physiology
  • Senior lecturer in biology at Curry College in Milton, MA
  • Interviewed on National Public Radio/Public Radio International. 
  • Also interviewed on WBAI radio in New York.
  • Has presented at numerous colleges and humanist societies
  • Three presentations: UnIntelligent Design: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and 'Intelligent Design' Does Not, Animals That Shouldn't Exist, According to Intelligent Design, Biology and Intelligent Design--They Really Speak Different Languages (and I can prove it)
Adam Lee
  • Located in New York, NY
  • Author of the blog Daylight Atheism
  • Cited in Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
  • Won first prize in a science-writing contest judged by Steven Pinker
  • Was singled out in campaign attack ads in 2008 run by a Republican senator
  • Lifetime member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation
Matt McCormick
  • Located in Sacramento, CA
  • Professor, Dept of Philosophy, California State University
  • His teaching website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mccormickphilosophy/
  • He runs a blog, Atheism: Proving the Negative, at http://atheismblog.blogspot.com/
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester
  • Has studied the philosophy of religion, epistemology, atheism, and critical thinking for over 20 years
  • About to release a book entitled Atheism and the Case Against Christ
  • Has lectured extensively to student groups, at atheism and philosophy conferences, public groups, and others.
Miri Mogilevsky
  • Lives in NYC
  • Studied psychology at Northwestern University
  • Now studying social work at Columbia University
  • Blogs about social justice, psychology, and basically everything at freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason
  • Tweets @sondosia
  • Enjoys Russian literature and Cheezits

Topics Include:

  • Psychology & mental health (especially as they relate to skepticism)
  • social justice
  • sexual health
  • LGBT/women's issues
  • writing/blogging/activism
  • social media
Aron Ra
  • Located in Dallas, TX
  • Producer of the 'Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism' video series
  • Regular co-host of the Magic Sandwich Show on BlogTV
  • Occasional co-host on the Atheist Experience TV show
  • Member of American Atheists and the Fellowship of Freethought
  • Over 80,000 subscribers on Youtube
  • Host of the podcast "Ra-Men"
  • Contributing member of the Global Secular Council
  • Founder of the Philogeny Explorer project
  • Producting educational classroom supplement videos according to Next Generation Science Standards
Frank R. Zindler
  • Located in Columbus, OH
  • Editor of American Atheist Press
  • Linguist
  • Spent twenty years as a teacher and professor of biology, psychobiology, and geology
  • Outstanding debater and public speaker
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