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Topics: History, Media, Politics
Subtopics: Coming out atheist, Journalism, Lobbying
Ronald Aronson grew up in Detroit and was educated at Wayne State University, U.C.L.A., the University of Michigan, and Brandeis University, where he earned a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas. He studied with William Barrett, Page Smith, and Herbert Marcuse. Swept up in the political activism of the 1960s, he became a community organizer …Learn more about Ronald Aronson >
Topics: Activism & Organizing, Atheism & Secularism, Humanism, Religion, Skepticism, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Community group organizing, Event planning, Women & gender
Jennifer Beahan is the Executive Director for CFI–Michigan. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CFI–Michigan and is working to build a secular community throughout Michigan. Her interests include volunteer management, program development and evaluation, secular activism, and women’s rights. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education (K-12), and in addition to her work …Learn more about Jennifer Beahan >
Topics: Debates, Philosophy, Religion
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Leaving religion, Naturalism, Religious criticism
Fundamentalist raised and educated, Jeremy graduated from Grace Bible College and Cornerstone University with a dual degree in social studies and religious education. While training for ministry Jeremy underwent a dramatic de-conversion as a culmination to many years of questioning. Today Jeremy works to promote critical thinking and skeptical inquiry in his local community. When …Learn more about Jeremy Beahan >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Atheism & Secularism, Biology, Religion
Subtopics: Comedy, Evolution, Separation of church and state
After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He is now the owner of the popular blog, Dispatches from the Culture Wars. He has appeared …Learn more about Ed Brayton >
Topics: Cognitive Science, History, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science (General)
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Ethics & morality, Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, Leaving religion, Meaning of life, Mental illness, Metaphysics, Naturalism, Philosophy of science, Pseudoscience, Psychology of religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism, Science denial, Sex & sexuality
Luke Galen is currently a professor of psychology at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University. His main area of research and teaching focuses on the psychology of religion. He is currently researching the psychology of secularity and nonreligious individuals especially in regards to moral behavior. He …Learn more about Luke Galen >
Topics: Cognitive Science, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology
Subtopics: Evolutionary psychology
Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal—she …Learn more about Barbara Oakley >