Yvette d’Entremont launched scibabe.com in fall of 2014, debunking all the BS she could find on the internet with a combination of real science and dirty jokes. The combination took off to a roaring start, and the site had a few viral successes early. Her first professional piece of writing, “The Food Babe Blogger Is Full of Shit,” went massively viral and launched SciBabe into a career. Her first book, SciBabe’s Ten Rules To BS Detection, will be out in 2017.
Margaret Downey is the founder and president of the Freethought Society, the organizer of the Skeptic Track DragonCon parade entry, and the creator of the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center and The Tree of Knowledge. Margaret has been featured in three books, A Better Life, 50 Voices of Disbelief, and Parenting Beyond Belief.
Emery Emery is a filmmaker, director, producer, comedian and host of the hit podcasts Ardent Atheist and Skeptically Yours. He’s worked with Penn Jillette, and was the editor of film The Aristocrats and The Green Room with Paul Provenza. He directed “Jake Johannsen: I Love You”, Chris Porter’s, “Screaming From The Cosmos” and produced Doug Stanhope’s, “Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere” as well as Teller’s film, “Play Dead”.
Emery is a former evangelical Christian whose religious studies, instead of bolstering his faith as he intended, led him to became a skeptic of all things woo. His outgoing personality and compelling arguments attract listeners from around the world and you can find him regularly engaged in public debates on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Debbie Goddard is the director of outreach at the Center for Inquiry and the director of African Americans for Humanism. Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved with progressive issues and LGBT activism. In June 2006, CFI hired Debbie as a field organizer, allowing her to utilize her grassroots organizing experience working with campus and community groups. In 2012, she was promoted to director of outreach and now oversees CFI’s U.S. branches and the international campus outreach initiative.
Dr. Abby Hafer is an author, scientist, educator and public speaker. Her book debunking Intelligent Design, The Not-So-Intelligent Designer—Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not became a #1 bestseller on Amazon in the category of Theism. (Dr. Hafer is not averse to irony.) Her public speaking has taken her all over the United States as well as overseas, and she has given many radio interviews, including appearing on NPR and WBAI.
Her scientific career includes a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University, many research projects in physiology, and a stint monitoring fish populations on the Bering Sea, which also included wining a pushups contest against the ship’s officers. More recently, she published “No Data Required: Why Intelligent Design Is Not Science”, which was published in The American Biology Teacher. She teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, the astronomy writer Alan MacRobert.
Tracie Harris has a Bachelor’s Liberal Studies from UCF, including areas of specialization in anthropology, communication and studio art. Raised in the fundamentalist Church of Christ, she began creating the online counter-apologetic comic strip, “Atheist Eve,” (2004-2013) shortly after her deconversion. Tracie became a member of the Atheist Community of Austin (ACA), and began volunteering as cohost for the award-winning program “The Atheist Experience” in 2006. She is current Vice President of ACA, and was a regular voice on their atheist/feminist podcast “Godless Bitches, as well as an occasional stand-in for “Non-Prophets.”
Heather Henderson is a singer, actress, editor, producer, 10+ year burlesque veteran, co-host of the Ardent Atheist and Skeptically Yours podcasts and member of Penn Jillette’s NoGod Band in Las Vegas.
She became an atheist and a skeptic after the advent of the Internet with its ever-growing access to information. She has a huge online following and started debating openly her skeptical views after realizing that so many people believed in bad ideas. She met her partner Emery Emery online and discovered that they both shared the same views and wanted to do something to help correct the huge amount of misinformation available to unsuspecting individuals.
Gayle is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith 10 years ago when her then-teenagers began asking questions she could not answer. Her research led her (and her children) into the light of reason and rationality. Years later, she still feels the effects, both positive and negative, of that dramatic shift in perspective and attitude. It is this sympathy and compassion that drives her to reach out to help others navigate the emotional and physical process involved in leaving one’s faith.
Gayle is an attorney and former personal trainer. She lives on Freethought Farm in middle Tennessee, where she spends her days amongst her longhorns, goats, donkeys, chickens, and dogs. She blogs about life on the farm, endurance event training, and secularism at Happy. Healthy. Heathen.
Alix Jules is a writer, activist, social critic and commentator based in Dallas, Texas. His activism has garnered national attention on matters of race, religion, and politics. He’s been featured in various national secular campaigns and was the first atheist featured in Ebony Magazine. He’s a Brooklyn native who grew up staunchly Catholic, where his unanswered questions eventually led him to Atheism by way of Christianity, Islam, and then Skepticism.
He is a founding member of the largest Freethought organization in North Texas, advises for the Center for Inquiry and American Humanist Association, and is an organizer for Black Nonbelievers of Dallas. As an academic nomad he’s studied computing and data interpretation from Columbia and Northwestern and the foundations of the mind at Harvard.
His writing can be found on various venues including Secular Nation, Free Inquiry, American Atheist Magazine, and Time Magazine. You can also find Alix challenging modern convictions on the Graffiti Wall on Patheos, and on his selftitledblog on The Orbit.
Lawrence Krauss is director of the Origins Project at ASU and Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department at Arizona State University. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe. He has won numerous international awards for both his research and his efforts to improve the public understanding of science. Krauss is the only physicist to have received the top awards from all 3 US Physics Societies, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, and the American Association of Physics Teachers, and in 2012, he was awarded The National Science Board’s prestigious Public Service Award for his many contributions to public education and understanding of science around the world. Among his other honors are include the 2013 Roma award, from the city of Rome, and the 2015 Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association.
Krauss is the author of over 300 scientific publications, as well as numerous popular articles on science and current affairs. He is a commentator and essayist for newspapers such as The New York Times and The New Yorker and appears regularly on radio, television, and film, and is a sought after public lecturer. Krauss served as executive producer and subject of The Unbelievers, a documentary film that discusses science and reason with Richard Dawkins. He also stars in Werner Herzog’s new films Salt and Fire and Lo and Behold. He is the author of 10 popular books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Physics of Star Trek (1995) and A Universe from Nothing (2012). His new book The Greatest Story Ever Told…So Far will be released in March 2017.
Krauss is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves as the chair of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and is on the Board of Directors of the Federation of American Scientists. He helped found ScienceDebate, which, in 2008, and 2012 helped raise issues of science and sound public policy in the Presidential elections in those years. Hailed, by Scientific American as a rare scientific Public Intellectual, Krauss has dedicated his time, throughout his career, to issues of science and society and has helped spearhead national efforts to educate the public about science, ensure sound public policy, and defend science against attacks at a variety of levels.
Madison Kimrey is a writer, public speaker, actress, and high school student from Burlington, NC. She is passionate about voting rights, women’s rights, and the humane treatment of animals, and the participation of young people in government and politics.
Lauri Lebo spent 20 years as a reporter, covering everything from the investigation of two 30-year-old unsolved murders that changed the accepted narrative of her hometown to the last Confederate casualty 135 years after the Battle of Gettysburg. In addition to Devil in Dover, she is also a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media on the subject of Evolution, Creationism and Objectivity in the Press. She was a blogger for Religion Dispatches about creationist attacks on evolution education and has written for Scientific American, Washington Spectator and Public Eye. She is now an activist for public education, working in communications for the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Also, she is a proud card-carrying member of the ACLU and serves on the Pennsylvania ACLU Board of Directors.
Leighann Lord was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and it’s Millions Living Happily Without Religion Campaign. Author Chris Johnson featured her in The Atheist Book: A Better Life. Leighann is a co-host on the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson.
Leighann is also a CFI certified Secular Celebrant; officiating at milestone life events commemorated with a nonreligious worldview.
As a veteran stand-up comedian, Leighann has been seen on: Lifetime, VH-1, Comedy Central, HBO, and The View. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post and the author of Leighann Lord’s Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady. Follow her at VeryFunnyLady.com
Hemant Mehta is the editor of FriendlyAtheist.com, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. He is a former National Board Certified high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, where he taught for seven years.
Hemant has appeared on television, in newspapers, and has served on the boards of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) and the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups nationwide).
Mark is the founder of Be Secular, the creator of #NormalizeAtheism, public speaker and activist. He and his partner Shanon Nebo have spoken and presented around the country on subjects ranging from parenting to interfaith partnerships. Mark was the Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 PA State Atheists and Humanists Conference has filled that role at a number of other national and regional conferences.
Andrew B. Newberg, M.D. is currently the Associate Director in Charge of Research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University and he is adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College with honors in chemistry in 1988, and then from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in 1993. He did his training in Internal Medicine at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. Following his internal medicine training, he completed a Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine in the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He has actively pursued a number of neuroimaging research projects which have included the study of aging and dementia, epilepsy, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Newberg has been particularly involved in the study of mystical and religious experiences, a field referred to as “neurotheology”. He has also studied the more general mind/body relationship in both the clinical and research aspects of his career including understanding the physiological correlates of acupuncture therapy, meditation, and other types of alternative therapies. He has taught medical students, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as medical residents about stress management, spirituality and health, and the neurophysiology of religious experience. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and chapters on brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and mystical experiences. He is the author of the new book entitled, “How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation.” He is the co-author of the best selling books, “How God Changes Your Brain” (Ballantine) and, “Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief” (Ballantine). He is also a co-author of “Words Can Change Your Brain” (Hudson Street Press) and “Born to Believe: God, Science, and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs” (Free Press). And he is the author of several academic books including, “The Metaphysical Mind: Probing the Biology of Philosophical Thought”; “Principles of Neurotheology” (Ashgate); and co-author of “The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief” (Fortress Press). The latter book received the 2000 award for Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences presented by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He has also produced a 24 lecture video program entitled, “The Spiritual Brain,” for The Teaching Company. He has presented his work at scientific and religious meetings throughout the world and has appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, CNN, ABC World News Tonight as well as in nationally distributed movies: “What the Bleep Do We Know?”; Bill Maher’s “Religulous”; and “Awake: The Life of Yogananda.” His work has been featured in a number of media articles including in Newsweek, Time, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, London Observer, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Readers Digest.
Marie Schaub is an outspoken atheist who was the only named plaintiff in a case against the New Kensington-Arnold School District in PA. Mrs. Schaub, her unnamed daughter, and FFRF sued the public school over an unconstitutional monument of the Ten Commandments.
Amanda Scott is a government major at Georgetown University. Prior to transferring to Georgetown, she earned her associate’s degree in paralegal studies from a community college in Alabama. Amanda has been extensively involved in advocating for the separation of church and state and the interests of atheists, agnostics, and humanists in Alabama and nationwide. She currently serves on the Youth Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and interned with the Freethought Equality Fund PAC last summer. Amanda is the recipient of the 2014 Activist of the Year Award from American Atheists, the Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Activist Award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Award for Outstanding Activism from the Secular Student Alliance. She hopes to go on to law school and become a public interest lawyer specializing in constitutional and civil rights law.
David Silverman is President of American Atheists and was the creator and Executive Producer of the 2012 Reason Rally. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Brandeis University, his MBA in Marketing from Penn State, and his CAGS in International Business from Seton Hall. Dave served as a professional inventor at Bell Labs for 8 years (74 issued patents) and a Marketing Director for Natural Microsystems.
He has been an atheist since he was 6-years-old. Dave became an activist in 1996 and soon became New Jersey State Director. He also founded the Alliance of Lucent and AT&T Atheists and Secularists, the first employee club of its kind. He was tapped to be the National Spokesperson in 2004, and then was named Vice President in 2008. The Board of Directors elected Dave as President in September of 2010.
Mr. Silverman has appeared on most major news programs including The CNN Special “Inside Atheism”, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The O’Reilly Factor (spawning the famous “WTF meme-face”), The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Ronan Farrow Daily, Scarborough Country, CNN’s Paula Zahn NOW, Nick News, Hannity and Colmes, FOX and Friends, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many more.
Dave recently authored “Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World“,the first book of its kind to be published by a major publisher in American History.
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Callie Wright is an activist, speaker, and host of The Gaytheist Manifesto podcast, which explores the intersection of the atheist movement and the LGBTQ rights movement. Callie came out as a transgender woman in the summer of 2013, and her mission is to be a voice for the LGBTQ community in the atheist movement, and a voice for secularism in the LGBTQ community.
ROY ZIMMERMAN: Selections from REZIST
ReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”
Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.