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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.