Jon RonsonAriane SherineBrian CoxBen GoldacreSimon Singh
James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world's most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. Randi has pursued "psychic" spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water "with a memory," and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public's eyes in the name of the supernatural.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1986.
Phil Plait, the creator of Bad Astronomy, is an astronomer, lecturer, author, and President of the James Randi Educational Foundation. After ten years working on Hubble Space Telescope and six more working on astronomy education, he struck out on his own as a writer. He has written two books, Bad Astronomy and Death From The Skies, dozens of magazine articles, and 12 bazillion blog articles. He is a skeptic, and fights misuses of science as well as praising the wonder of real science.
Richard Dawkins is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author. He came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term 'meme'. In 1982, he made a widely cited contribution to evolutionary biology with the theory, presented in his book The Extended Phenotype, that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body. In his 2006 book The God Delusion, which has sold over 1.5 million copies to date, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that faith qualifies as a fixed false belief. In 2008 he delighted fans with a cameo appearance as himself in Doctor Who.
Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects engineer, actor, educator, and co-host of the popular television series MythBusters. He says he has spent his life "gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real". He's built everything from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate — and just about anything else you can think of.
Professor Richard Wiseman started his working life as an award-winning professional magician, and was one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle. He then obtained a first class honours degree in Psychology from University College London and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Edinburgh. For the past twelve years he has been the head of a research unit at the University of Hertfordshire, and in 2002 was awarded Britain's first Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology. Prof Wiseman has established an international reputation for his research into unusual areas of psychology, including deception, luck and the paranormal.
Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary film maker. His books, Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats were international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare At Goats is currently being filmed as a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. He's also the author of two collections, Out Of The Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness.
Ariane Sherine is a TV comedy writer and journalist. She's the creator of the Atheist Bus Campaign, which launched across the UK in January 2009, and is now running in 12 countries across the world. Ariane received a Special Award from the National Secular Society for the Atheist Bus Campaign, and was also nominated for Secularist of the Year 2009 (The Irwin Prize) and the Revolution Magazine "Hotshot" Award 2009. She is now a Distinguished Member of the British Humanist Association. She was asked to give the first non-religious "Thought For The Afternoon" on Radio 4 in January 2009.
Professor Brian Cox is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. He is also working on the FP420 R&D project in an international collaboration to upgrade the ATLAS and the CMS experiment by installing additional, smaller detectors at a distance of 420 meters from the interaction points of the main experiments. He is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC.
Ben is an award winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor who has written the weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian since 2003.
He appears regularly on Radio 4 and TV, and has written for the Guardian, Time Out, New Statesman, and the British Medical Journal as well as various book chapters. His book, also called Bad Science, an Amazon bestseller, was published in 2008.
Simon Singh is an author, journalist and TV producer, specialising in science and mathematics, which, he claims, are the only two subjects he has the faintest clue about. He is the author of The Code Book and Fermat's Last Theorem, and his latest book is Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial, which he co-authored with Edzard Ernst, the world’s first professor of complementary medicine.