Board of Advisors

David Silverman

Advisory Board Chair
David Silverman was an atheist activist for 24 years, serving as President of American Atheists and Executive Director of Atheist Alliance International. During his tenure, he brought national attention to the movement via “War on Xmas” billboards and TV appearances on Fox News, CNN, and many others. Silverman created and the Reason Rally on 2012, the largest atheist gathering in history, and his book Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, was rated the “Best Atheist Book of the Year”. Since leaving the world of activism, Silverman has also left Progressivism and Feminism, while still clinging to the fair, compassionate and egalitarian views. His video channel is “FirebrandForGood” and he speaks on truth, data, and Humanism.

Peter Boghossian, PhD

Dr. Peter Boghossian is the author of How to Have Impossible Conversations, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR). He was a full time faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Portland State University, an Affiliated Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Science University in the Department of General Internal Medicine, and a visiting fellow at Reason Foundation think tank. He’s an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the Center for Inquiry, and has an extensive publication record across multiple domains of thought. His popular pieces have been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, The Spectator, City Journal, The American Mind, The Philosophers’ Magazine, the LA Times, National Review, USA Today, New Statesman, etc. He’s the creator of the Atheos app.

Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR), and the New York Editor for Spectator USA, the American edition of the oldest English language magazine in publication. She is a board member at Ideas Beyond Borders, which makes inaccessible ideas freely accessible to those who speak Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish. She serves as Editor at Global Conversations. Her past appearances have included: Joe Rogan Experience, Oslo Freedom Forum, Rubin Report, Fox Nation, Triggernometry, MythCon, and more. She studied Computational Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Computational Biology at Boston University, and worked at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

James Lindsay, PhD

Dr. James Lindsay is an author, mathematician, and political commentator, who has written seven books spanning a range of subjects including religion, the philosophy of science, and postmodern theory — notably the 2020 book Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody. He is the co-founder of New Discourses, a media and educational resource which works in the spirit of free inquiry, free speech, and free association—without guilt—to elucidate the ways by which the Critical Social Justice movement seeks to define and control our discourses. He led the Grievance Studies Affair which made international headlines in 2018, including the front page of the New York Times. His essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Philosophers’ Magazine, Scientific American, and Time.

Ronald A. Lindsay, JD, PhD

Dr. Ronald A. Lindsay was a lawyer with the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP for twenty-six years before joining the Center for Inquiry (CFI) as its general counsel and then, from 2008 until 2016, its president & CEO. During his tenure, he helped to oversee the merger of the Richard Dawkins Foundation into CFI. Lindsay’s PhD was in philosophy, with a concentration in ethics, and he has written two nonfiction books, Future Bioethics and The Necessity of Secularism, and numerous articles, including essays in college textbooks and publications in noted academic journals, including the American Journal of Bioethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. He is the author of the entry on “Euthanasia” in the International Encyclopedia of Ethics. He has also written a novel, The Lost Song of Goliath, which retells the David-Goliath myth through the eyes of Goliath. He is disappointed that the novel has not sold enough copies for him to be accused of cultural appropriation. Lindsay is a fierce advocate for free speech and a relentless opponent of dogma of any sort, whether religious or ideological.

Yasmine Mohammed

Yasmine Mohammed is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author who advocates for the rights of women living in Islamic majority countries, as well as those who struggle under religious fundamentalism. She is the founder of Free Hearts Free Minds, which provides psychological support for freethinkers living in Muslim majority countries–where the state sanctioned punishment for leaving Islam is death. She also serves as an advisor at the AHA Foundation. Her book, Unveiled, is a memoir/polemic that recalls her experiences growing up in a fundamentalist Islamic household and her arranged marriage to a member of Al-Qaeda. She has spoken in Canadian parliament and has been featured in many mainstream media publications such as: CNN, CBC, BBC, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera, New York Times and many others. She has spoken in Ivy League universities such as Harvard, Stanford, and Dartmouth and for many organizations including: The Freedom From Religion Foundation, AHA Foundation, Ayn Rand Institute, and Think Inc.

Gad Saad, PhD

Dr. Gad Saad, Professor of Marketing at Concordia University in Montreal, has pioneered the use of evolutionary psychology in marketing and consumer behavior. His works include 'The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature'; 'The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption'; and 'Evolutionary Psychology in the Business Sciences'. Dr. Saad has published 75+ scientific papers at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and a broad range of disciplines including consumer behavior, marketing, advertising, psychology, medicine, and economics. His Psychology Today blog 'Homo Consumericus' and YouTube channel 'The Saad Truth' have garnered 6.4+ million and 19.7+ million total views respectively.In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Saad is a leading public intellectual who often writes and speaks about idea pathogens that are destroying logic, science, reason, and common sense. His recent book is titled 'The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense.'

Michael Sherlock

Michael Sherlock is the former Executive Director of Atheist Alliance International and has been an outspoken atheist activist and champion for human rights for the best part of a decade. He is the author of seven books on atheism and religion. He holds a BA in political science and sociology and a Master’s in Religious Studies. Michael’s work has received mention from Ricky Gervais, Richard Dawkins and other well-known atheists. Michael has also had several essays and articles published on the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Michael is deeply passionate about normalizing atheism, promoting secularism, and helping the most vulnerable atheists on the planet. He is also a confident public speaker, having delivered speeches at conferences around the world.

Michael Shermer, PhD

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the podcast The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, Heavens on Earth, and Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist.

Colin Wright, PhD

Dr. Colin Wright is an evolutionary biologist, the Founding Editor of Reality's Last Stand, and a Contributing Editor of Quillette magazine. He is an Academic Advisor for the Society for Evidence Based Gender Medicine (SEGM). He is interested in the sex and gender debate, and has essays published in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Times, Quillette, and elsewhere. He is a strong proponent of secular humanism, freethought, free speech, and academic freedom.