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Topics: Cognitive Science
Subtopics: Art & science, Evolutionary psychology, Paranormal & fringe-science claims
Anthony Barnhart is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Arizona State University, where he began his graduate career with the intention of being a language researcher. To this end, he has published research examining the processes underlying handwritten word perception, a …Learn more about Anthony Barnhart >
Topics: Philosophy, Politics, Psychology
Subtopics: Ethics & morality, Evolutionary psychology, Meaning of life, Separation of church and state
Joe E. Barnhart, Ph.D., recently retired to write his novels, became Professor of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas in 1974. He became a contributing member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Society for Biblical Literature, the Southern Society for Philosophy and …Learn more about Joe E. Barnhart >
Topics: Biology, Cognitive Science, Education, Psychology
Subtopics: Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, Science education
Mark Blumberg is a behavioral neuroscientist and the F. Wendell Miller Professor at the University of Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in 1983, majoring in Physics and Philosophy. That year, he began graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he received his doctorate in Biopsychology in 1988. After leaving Chicago, …Learn more about Mark Blumberg >
Topics: Education, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Ethics & morality, Evolutionary psychology, History of religion, Psychology of religion, Science education
Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He often teaches in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Toronto (in Scarborough). He is also a lifetime member of Humanist Canada and an Expert Advisor for the Centre for Inquiry Canada. He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences …Learn more about Christopher DiCarlo >
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
Subtopics: Evolutionary psychology, Psychology of religion
Dr. Will M. Gervais teaches courses on the psychology of religion and morality, social psychology, and research methods. He directs Kentucky’s Beliefs and Morality (BAM!!!) Lab, which investigates the psychological intersection of atheism, religion, and morality. Dr. Gervais’s research has focused broadly on the psychology of atheism for over a decade. His work has appeared …Learn more about Will Gervais >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Biology, Cognitive Science, Psychology
Subtopics: Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, Filmmaking
Dacher Keltner was born in Jalisco, Mexico, the offspring of two early members of the counterculture. His mother, a literature professor, and father, an artist, raised him and his brother in Laurel Canyon in the late 60s, where those North Hollywood hills were filled with revolution. When his mother secured her first job as a …Learn more about Dacher Keltner >
Topics: Education, Psychology, Skepticism
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Evolutionary psychology, Mental illness, Pseudoscience, Science education, Skeptic movement
Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, professor, and scientific skeptic operating out of Oklahoma. Dr. Lack is the author or editor of six books, most recently Critical Thinking, Science, & Pseudoscience: Why You Can’t Trust Your Brain (co-authored with University of Cape Town philosopher Jacques Rousseau). He has also authored or co-authored more than 45 scientific publications relating …Learn more about Caleb Lack >
Topics: Atheism & Secularism, Humanism
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Critical thinking, Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, History of atheism/secularism, Music
Dale McGowan double-majored in music and evolutionary anthropology at UC Berkeley and taught interdisciplinary courses centered on writing and critical thinking at the college level, as well as music theory and music history. As a writer, Dale has variously focused on science, parenting, and the interface between religious belief and unbelief. His books include Sharing Reality: How …Learn more about Dale McGowan >
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 >
Topics: Education, Psychology
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Evolutionary psychology, Psychology of religion
Keith E. Stanovich is Professor of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of over 200 scientific articles. Stanovich is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and of the American Psychological Society. From 1986-2000 Stanovich was the Associate Editor of Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, a leading journal of human …Learn more about Keith E. Stanovich >