James Randi

James "The Amazing" 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. Read more...

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James Randi

Ed Lu

NEW Since obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Lu has been a research physicist working in the fields of solar physics and astrophysics. He's also spent 207 days in space aboard the Space Shuttle and ISS, and was a volunteer in "The First Card Trick in Space." Read more...

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about ISS


Murray Gell-Mann

In 1969, Professor Gell-Mann received the Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles and is author of the popular science book, The Quark and the Jaguar, Adventures in the Simple and the Complex. He will deliver the keynote address at The Amaz!ng Meeting 4. Read more...


Nadine Strossen

Law Professor Nadine Strossen is president of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is the first woman and the youngest person ever to lead the ACLU. She also sits on the Council on Foreign Relations. No stranger to public speaking, she is the featured speaker at The Amaz!ng Meeting 4. Read more...

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Nadine Strossen


Jamy Ian Swiss

Jamy Ian Swiss has performed internationally for corporate clients, lectured to magicians in 13 countries, and made numerous television appearances including CBS 48 Hours, PBS Nova, the PBS documentary The Art of Magic, and Comedy Central. He is a co-founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics and a contributor to Skeptic magazine.  Read More...

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Jamy Ian Swiss

Mac King

Magician and Comedian Mac King was named “Magician of the Year” by the Magic Castle in Hollywood, broke a Guinness World Record,
just appeared on his special for NBC, was voted the 6th best show in Las Vegas, and his new book from has just entered its 5th printing. Read More...

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Mac King

Penn & Teller

Penn & Teller defy labels, and at times, good taste. They’ve performed together for more than 25 years; skewering the genre of magic, their sold-out audiences, and themselves -- very often all at the same time, within one mind-boggling evening. Their Showtime series Bullshit! is currently in its third season. Read More...


Mythbusters

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are the Mythbusters, a couple of guys with lots of special effects experience who test urban legends and blow stuff up. Part science, part education, their hit show on the Discovery Channel shows that science can be fun as well as informative. Kari Byron will be attending as well. Read More

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Mythbusters

Julia Sweeney

Ovation Award winner Julia Sweeney is best known for her character Pat on Saturday Night Live, and her acclaimed Broadway show "God Said, Ha!". She has worked on the shows Sex & the City and Desperate Housewives and has written and performed 2 one-woman monologues. Julia will serve as panelist for Can a Skeptic Believe in God? Read More...

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Julia Sweeney

Ellen Johnson

Ellen Johnson is the President of American Atheists, which defends the civil rights of nonbelievers, works for the separation of church and state, and addresses First Amendment issues. A second-generation Atheist herself, she organized the historic "Godless Americans March on Washington" in 2002. Read More...

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American Atheists

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens' trademark savage wit flattens hypocrisy inside the DC Beltway and around the world, laying bare the "permanent government" of entrenched powers and interests. He's the author of many bestsellers. From Mother Theresa to Michael Moore, no one is above scrutiny. Read More...


Carolyn Porco

Dr. Carolyn Porco is a leader in the exploration of the solar system. She wrote her thesis on Voyager, has worked on the Mars Observer, the Lunar Explorer, and Cassini. Her company produces space imagery in an artistic and educational manner. Read More...


Richard Wiseman

Award-winning magician, psychologist and author, the aptly name Dr. Wiseman is frequently seen on British television and has given lectures in many different countries. He pays particular attention to the psychology behind belief in psychics and most recently, alleged hauntings. Read More.

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Richard Wiseman

Stanley Krippner

Dr. Krippner has conducted workshops and seminars on personal mythology, dreams, hypnosis, and/or anomalous phenomena in over a dozen different countries. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams. Read More...


Michael Shermer

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Director of the Skeptics Society, founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, columnist for Scientific American, and producer of the TV series, Exploring the Unknown. His many books include: The Borderlands of Science, How We Believe, and Why People Believe Weird Things. Read More...

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Michael Shermer

Paul Provenza

Known to viewers from hit shows Northern Exposure and Empty Nest, Paul Provenza is on the cutting edge of comedy. Funny, confident, and always challenging, Paul’s stand-up comedy has been critically acclaimed as bright, edgy, and honest by journalists from coast to coast. Read More

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Paul Provenza


Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr. is an Emmy winning producer of NBC’s The West Wing and MSNBC's senior political analyst. Mr. O’Donnell served as Senior Advisor to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and was the Democratic Chief of Staff of the United States Senate Committee on Finance. Read More...

Chip Denman

Daniel W. "Chip" Denman is a statistician at the University of Maryland.  He teaches "Science and Pseudoscience" for the Honors Program, and recently created a graduate course in information visualization for the College of Information Studies.  He is a past-president and co-founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics. Read More...

Articles from
NCAS

Karen Russell
Atheist Karen Russell is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is the on-air legal correspondent for Seattle Live and KING-TV in Seattle.  Karen is a frequent contributor on CNN, Court TV and MSNBC as a legal and political analyst.  Karen recently starting blogging at huffingtonpost.com .


Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett's research centers on philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. Read About his Talk...

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Daniel Dennett

Jerry Andrus

Visionary illusionist, skeptic and magician, Jerry Andrus astounds the world with his illusions and special effects. At home in Oregon, which he calls "The Castle of Chaos," Andrus fashions the mind boggling illusions which he exhibits all over the world. The world renowned magician continues to perform, invent, write and lecture on the subject of cognitive science. Read More...

Dragon Illusion by
Jerry Andrus

Todd Robbins

Todd Robbins is the world's foremost purveyor of reality at its most amazing — He is the classiest act to ever grace the stage of the American Sideshow. You may have seen him on one of the over 100 TV appearances he has done! These include multiple appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien; and the NBC special Extreme Variety. Read More...
Dark Deceptions by
Todd Robbins


Phil Plait

Dr. Phil Plait is the "Bad Astronomer." Despite that moniker, he is in fact a very good astronomer and author who goes out of his way to educate the public on commonly held misperceptions the pervade the media today. He also works at Cal State Sonoma's astronomy department. Read More...

Bad Astronomy
by Phil Plait

Hal Bidlack

Lt Colonel Hal Bidlack, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the U SAF Academy. He has a long history with the JREF, and has previously performed as Master of Ceremonies, speaker, and presenter. He is a father of three, and a widower, who is not quite sure what he believes in. Read More...

Important Article
by Hal Bidlack