Dr. Richard Dawkins
Ethologist and Evolutionary Biologist, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Author, ‘The Selfish Gene’, ‘The Blind Watchmaker’
Dawkins was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Oxford in 1989. He holds honorary doctorates in science from the University of Huddersfield, University of Westminster, Durham University, the University of Hull, the University of
Antwerp, and the University of Oslo, and honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen, Open University, the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel and the University of Valencia. He also holds honorary doctorates of letters from the University of St Andrews and the Australian National University (HonLittD, 1996), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
in 1997 and the Royal Society in 2001. He is one of the patrons of the Oxford University Scientific Society.
In 1987, Dawkins received a Royal Society of Literature award and a Los Angeles Times Literary Prize for his book The Blind Watchmaker. In the same year he received a Sci Tech Prize for Best Television
Documentary Science Program of the Year for his work on the BBC's Horizon episode The Blind Watchmaker. In a poll held by Prospect magazine in 2013, Dawkins was voted the world's top thinker based on 65 names chosen by a largely US- and UK-based expert panel.
Dr. Robert Trivers
Evolutionary Biologist, Rutgers University
Author, ‘The Folly of Fools; the Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life’, ‘Natural Selection and Social Theory’, ‘Genes in Conflict
Trivers is arguably one of the most influential evolutionary theorists alive today. Steven Pinker considers Trivers to be "one of the great thinkers in the history of Western thought", who has inspired an astonishing amount of research and commentary in psychology and biology—the fields of sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, Darwinian social science, and behavioral ecology are in large part an attempt to test and flesh out Trivers' ideas. It is no coincidence that E. O. Wilson's Sociobiology and Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene were published in 1975 and 1976 respectively, just a few years after Trivers' seminal papers. Both bestselling authors openly acknowledged that they were popularizing Trivers' ideas and the research they spawned. Likewise for the much-talkedabout books on evolutionary psychology in the 1990s— The Adapted Mind, The Red Queen, Born to Rebel, The Origins of Virtue, The Moral Animal, and How the Mind Works. Each of these books is based in large part on Trivers' ideas and the explosion of research they inspired (involving dozens of animal species, mathematical and computer modeling, and human social and cognitive psychology). Recently Trivers authored a book for the masses titled The Folly of Fools:
Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life.
THE CRAFOORD PRIZE IN BIOSCIENCES 2007
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the annual $500,000 Crafoord Prize in Biosciences for 2007 to Robert L. Trivers, Rutgers University, "for his fundamental analysis of social evolution, conflict and cooperation".His pioneering ideas on the evolution of the social behavior of animals form the basis of much of sociobiology and its research on how cooperation and conflict arise in the animal.world.
Dr. Bruce M. Hood
Dr. Bruce Hood is a British experimental psychologist who holds the Chair in Developmental Psychology in Society at Bristol Cognitive Development Centre. He is wellknown for his ideas on humans being hard-wired for supernatural beliefs. He is the author of ‘Supersense:
Why We Believe in the Unbelievable’, and most recently, ‘The Self Illusion: How the Brain Creates Identity’. In 2011, he was chosen by David Attenborough to present the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, "Meet Your Brain" which was broadcast on the BBC.
Dr. Sue Blackmore
Blackmore is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She blogs for the Guardian, and often appears on radio and television. The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 16 other languages; more recent books include Conversations on Consciousness (2005), Zen and the Art of Consciousness(2011), and a textbook Consciousness: An Introduction (2nd Ed 2010).
Dr. Ugo Bardi
Professor of Physical Chemistry University of Florence Author, ‘The Limits to Growth Revisited', President of the Association for peak oil and Gas (Italy). Bardi is a researcher on materials for new energy sources, a contributor for The Oil Drum. He is the president of ASPO Italy, a member of the scientific committee of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) and author of several books, including "The Limits to Growth Revisited".
Dr. Ian Robertson
Professor of Psychology
Director of Trinity College Neuroscience Dublin, Ireland
Robertson’s 'The Winner Effect' uncovers the psychology and science of business and personal success. He is also author of 'Mind Sculpture, Opening the Mind’s Eye and Stay Sharp'. He holds the Chair in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and is Visiting Professor at University College London.
Dr. Azim Sharif
Professor of Psychology (Religion, Morality, Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology) University of Oregon. Shariff’s primary line of research explores the evolutionary origins of and psychological mechanisms underlying moral/pro-social behavior, with a special focus on the positive and negative social consequences of religions and related cultural systems.
Dr. Dario Maestripieri
Professor of Comparative Human Development, Evolutionary Biology and Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Maestripieri was awarded the B. Grassi Prize as the Best Young Zoologist from the Academia Nazionale dei Lincei in Italy in 1989, the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association in 2000 and a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health in 2001. He has been elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological sciences, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the integrative study of animal behavior. He is author of several books including ‘Games Primates Play’ and ‘Machiavellian Intelligence’
Dr. Kari Norgaard
Professor of Sociology University of Oregon
Norgaard is recipient of the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Practice Award for 2005. Her first book “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life” was published by MIT Press in 2011 and has been of interest to audiences throughout Western Europe and the United States. Her research on climate denial, tribal environmental justice and gender and risk has been published in Sociological Forum, Gender and Society, Sociological Inquiry, Organization and Environment, Rural Sociology, Race, Gender & Class, and other journals, as well as by the World Bank. Her research has also been featured in The Washington Post, National Geographic, High Country News, and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”
Dr. Maureen O’hara
President International Futures Forum O’Hara, chair of the psychology department at National University in La Jolla, California, is a noted researcher, educator, writer, and speaker on leading- edge issues in relational psychology, client-centered therapy, gender relations, organizational psychology, and the future of consciousness. Maureen is also a founding fellow of the Meridian International Institute on Governance, Leadership, Learning, and the Future, a San Francisco-based futures think tank, and a member of the International Futures Forum at St. Andrews University, Scotland.
Science Historian and Writer
Author, ‘Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence’ and 'Turing’s Cathedral: ‘The origins of the digital universe’
Dr. Robert Gifford
Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies University of Victoria, Canada Author,
Gifford's main research interests are environmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology. He has worked on nonverbal behavior and on climate change behavior barriers. Gifford is the author of 5 editions of Environmental Psychology: Principles and Practice, which has also been translated into Japanese. Since 2002, he is editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Gifford has served as President of the environmental divisions of the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the Canadian Psychological Association.
Dr. Harvey Whitehouse
Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology Oxford University, UK and a leading figure in the cognitive science of religion. Professor Whitehouse holds a Statutory Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford and is a Professorial Fellow of Magdalen College. He is also the Director of the Centre for Anthropology and Mind at the University of Oxford
Political economist and former Harvard Business School professor
Author, ‘When Corporations Rule the World’, ‘Change the Story, Change the Future’. Korten is political activist, prominent critic of corporate globalization, and "by training and inclination a student of psychology and behavioral systems”.
Professor Hamilton is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) and the Vice- Chancellor's Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University. He is a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government, and is the Founder and former Executive Director of the The Australia Institute. He regularly appears in the Australian media and contributes to public policy debates. Clive is the author of several books including ‘Requiem for a Species’, ‘Affluenza’ ‘Earth-masters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering’. His articles appear in the New York Times.
Dr. Jorgen Randers
Professor of Climate Strategy at the Bl Norwegian Business School. Author, of Limits to Growth (1972) and 2052 Deputy Director of the World Wildlife Fund from 1994 to 1999. Randers received an undergraduate degree at the University of Oslo in 1968, and a PhD at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1973. From 1981 to 1989 he served as president of the BI Norwegian Business School, and from 1994 to 1999 as deputy director general of the World Wildlife Fund International in Switzerland. He also serves on the board of Tomra in Norway, British Telecom in England and The Dow Chemical Company in USA. In the year 2005-06 he led the Norwegian Commission on Low Emissions, which "presented a report demonstrating how Norway could reduce her greenhouse gas emissions by 2⁄3 by 2050".Randers is currently (2008) professor of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School. He is author of ‘The Limits to Growth’ and ‘2052: AGlobal Forecast for the Next Forty Years’
Dr. Joseph Tainter
Professor of Anthropology, Utah State University
Author, 'The Collapse of Complex Societies' among others. Tainter has written or edited many articles and appeared in several documentaries including ‘The Eleventh Hour’ and ‘Collapse’. Tainter argues that sustainability or collapse of societies follow from the success or failure of problem-solving institutions and that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their "energy subsidies" reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. He recognizes collapse when a society involuntarily sheds a significant portion of its complexity.
Dr. Brian Fagan
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology University of California Santa Barbara
Author, ‘The Attacking Ocean’, ‘Elixir’, ‘The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization’. Fagan has contributed over 100 specialist papers, to many national and international journals. He is a Contributing Editor to American Archaeology and Discover Archaeology magazines. He serves on the Editorial Boards of six academic and general periodicals and has many popular magazine credits, including Scientific American and Gentleman's Quarterly. Fagan has been an archaeological consultant for many organizations, including National Geographic Society, Time-Life, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Microsoft Encarta.
Dr. Michael Shermer
Psychologist, and Science Historian
Author, ‘The Believing Brain’, ‘Why Darwin Matters’. Shermer is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims. The Skeptics Society currently has over 55,000 members. Shermer also engages in debates on topics pertaining to pseudoscience and religion in which he emphasizes scientific skepticism.
Dr. Paul Piff
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Piff studies how social hierarchy, inequality, and emotion shape relations between individuals and groups.
His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and his work has been published in leading
academic journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Annual Review of Psychology.
Journalist and Author, ‘End of Oil’, ‘End of Food’. Contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and The Guardian (UK), Slate, USA Today, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Rolling Stone
Roberts writes and lectures frequently on the complex interplay of economics, technology, and the natural world. 'The End of Food' follows the successful publication of Roberts's first book, The End of Oil, published in 2004.
Dr. William Catton
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Catton is an American sociologist best known for his scholarly work in environmental sociology and human ecology. His intellectual approach is broad and interdisciplinary. Catton's repute extends beyond academic social science due primarily to his 1980 book, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change. Catton has written three other books, including From Animistic to Naturalistic Sociology and his 2009 book Bottleneck: Humanity's Impending Impasse
Dr. Thomas Metzinger
Metzinger is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Theoretical Philosophy Group at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany. Widely considered to be the foremost European philosopher of mind, he is the author of three books. Most recently: 'The Ego Tunnel', and the editor of a number of collections of essays and papers, including Conscious Experience.
Professor of Film Studies, Capilano University Canada. Thoma has worked in Vancouver and Los Angeles as a writer, story editor, author and educator. His produced screenplays include Primal Force (UPN-Paramount), The Set-Up (MGM-Showtime), and The Wrong Man (Viacom Pictures), which was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. He has also written extensively for one- hour television, such as First Wave and Total Recall: 2070, as well as children’s television, notably with Maurice Sendak on Little Bear, George and Martha, and Seven Little Monsters. He has one published novel, Gibsons Landing.
Founder Center for Media and Democracy, PR Watch and SourceWatch. Author, ‘Weapons of Mass Deception’, ‘Toxic Sludge is Good for You’. Stauber is an organizer, investigative writer, public speaker, and author of six books including ‘Weapons of Mass Deception’ and ‘Toxic Sludge is Good for You’. He founded the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) in 1993 to create the only public interest and journalism organization dedicated to exposing organized corporate and government propaganda and its impacts on democracy, public information and democratic social change. Stauber served for sixteen years as CMD's Executive Director, fundraiser and on its board of directors, retiring in July, 2009.
Marine Ecologist, Masters Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Matzke is one of the few individuals to sail and do extensive research in the Pacific Trash Gyre. She has a masters from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and specializes in Cetacean Research.
Dr. John Marra
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NCDC Regional Climate Services Director, Pacific Region. Former Senior Scientist, Coastal Natural Hazards Specialist at NOAA IDEA Center, PSGS Senior Coastal Hazards Specialist at NOAA Pacific Services Center. University of Canterbury, The University of Montana, Stanford University