Richard Dawkins is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford and is one of the most respected scientists in the world. He has written several best-selling popular books and appeared in several television and radio programs, concerning evolutionary biology, creationism, and religion. In addition to his biological work, Dawkins is well known for his views on religion. He is an outspoken antireligionist, atheist, secular humanist, and skeptic, and he is a supporter of the Brights movement, a movement attempting to pursue a purely naturalistic worldview, in which – as a consequence – there is no god.

Richard Dawkins always generates impressive crowds when visiting North America. He is an internationally best-selling author. Among his books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth and The Magic of Reality. His most recent books are his two-part autobiography. Part 1 An Appetite for Wonder, released in 2013 and A Brief Candle in the Dark released in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature. His around-the-world speaking tour is the focus of a recent documentary “The Unbelievers” which also features appearances by Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert, Cameron Diaz, Ian McEwan, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman, and Sarah Silverman.

Ayaan is a Somali-born classical liberal. A free speech advocate. An activist for the rights of women and girls. A public intellectual with a powerful voice. A woman that does not back down when she sees a problem. Previously a Member of the Dutch Parliament (2003-2006), she regularly called for furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society, and defending the rights of Muslim women. Now, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Founder of the AHA Foundation, she regularly comments on today's issues and offers a platform to exchange perspectives that lead to real solutions. She has written several books including Infidel (2007); Nomad (2010); Heretic (2015); and The Challenge of Dawa (2017). Her newest book Prey is available now. Her podcast, The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast, launched in 2021.

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and Enlightenment Now. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He was Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for the New York Times, the Guardian, and other publications. His twelfth book, published in 2021, is called Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.

John H McWhorter is an associate professor in the Slavic Department at Columbia University. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers, his M.A. from New York University, and his Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford. Professor McWhorter has taught the seminar "Language in America," a study of American linguistic history that considers Native American languages, immigrant languages, creole languages, American Sign Language, Black English and other speech varieties-- their development, interactions, and preservation. He has also taught the seminar "Language Contact," which focuses specifically on the mixture of language in North America, and studies the development of creoles, pidgins, koines, "vehicular" languages, and nonstandard dialects. Both seminars consider perceived legitimacy of languages, and the standing of language mixtures in media and education. Professor McWhorter also teaches various other courses for the Linguistics Program and Music Humanities for the Core Curriculum program.

Konstantin Kisin is a writer, social commentator, co-host of TRIGGERnometry and comedian. He is a regular on British and American TV and radio shows including Question Time, Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Daily Politics, LBC Cross Question, Tucker Carlson, the Megyn Kelly Show and many others. Konstantin has written for publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator, Tablet Magazine, Quillette, Standpoint as well as his first book, An Immigrant’s Love Letter to the West.

​​Francis Foster is a stand up comedian and co-host of Triggernometry. He has performed across the globe, opening for Eddie Izzard in Barcelona and Madrid and the world famous Comedy Cellar in New York. His writing credits include Mock The Week amongst many others. In 2018 he and his co-host Konstantin Kisin started Triggernometry which has gone on to achieve huge success with over 40 million downloads across all platforms.

John Vervaeke is an Associate Professor, in the teaching stream. He has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 1994. He currently teaches courses in the Psychology department on thinking and reasoning with an emphasis on insight problem solving, cognitive development with an emphasis on the dynamical nature of development, and higher cognitive processes with an emphasis on intelligence, rationality, mindfulness, the nature and function of the self, and the Psychology of wisdom. He is the director of the CognitiveScience program where he also teaches courses on the introduction to Cognitive Science, and the Cognitive Science of consciousness wherein he emphasizes 4E (embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended) models of cognition and consciousness . In addition, he taught a course in the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program on Buddhism and Cognitive Science for fifteen years. He is the director of the Consciousness and the Wisdom Studies Laboratory. He has won and been nominated for several teaching awards including the 2001 Students' Administrative Council and Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students Teaching Award for the Humanities, and the 2012 Ranjini Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award. He has published articles on relevance realization, general intelligence, mindfulness, flow, metaphor, and wisdom. He is first author of the book Zombies in Western Culture: A 21st-Century crisis which integrates Psychology and Cognitive Science to address the meaning crisis in Western society. He is the author and presenter of the YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis, and the series After Socrates.

Michael Shellenberger is the best-selling author of San Fransicko (HarperCollins 2021) and Apocalypse Never (Harper Collins 2020), a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment,” and Green Book Award Winner. He is Founder and President of Environmental Progress, an independent and nonprofit research organization based in Berkeley, California.Read Less

Thomas Chatterton Williams is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Losing My Cool and Self-Portrait in Black and White. He is a Visting professor of humanities and senior fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, a 2022 Guggenheim fellow, and a visiting fellow at AEI. He was previously a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and a Columnist at Harper’s. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, Le Monde and many other places, and has been collected in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. He has received support from New America, Yaddo, MacDowell, and The American Academy in Berlin, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees. His next book, Nothing Was the Same, will be published by Knopf.

Kathleen Stock is a British philosopher and writer. She was a professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex until 2021. She has published academic work on aesthetics, fiction, imagination, sexual objectification, and sexual orientation. In the years from 2010 to 2016 she was Member of Council, Royal Institute of Philosophy and in 2012-2015 she was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees, American Society of Aesthetics. She was, from 2018 to 2021, Vice-President of the British Society of Aesthetics.

Chris Williamson is a British podcaster, model, club promoter and TV celebrity. He became known to the British public through being a contestant on the first season of Love Island (2015). He created the podcast, Modern Wisdom (2018), which as of 2022 has obtained over 62 million views on youtube alone. Modern Wisdom has discussions with scientists, professionals and public figures on a range of issues like dating, fitness, psychology, mental determination, science, etc.

Mary Harrington is a contributing editor at UnHerd, and author of Feminism Against Progress (Regnery, 2023). Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Times of London, First Things, The Spectator, The New Statesman, and many more. She publishes her own weekly Substack newsletter, Reactionary Feminist, and tweets as @moveincircles.

Alex O’Connor is a YouTuber and host of Within Reason, a philosophy podcast that has featured guests including Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Slavoj Žižek, and William Lane Craig, amongst many others. He is a public speaker and debater, having defended philosophical atheism, monarchy abolitionism, and free speech with opponents such as Ben Shapiro and Piers Morgan.

Lee Fang is a journalist with a longstanding interest in how public policy is influenced by organized interest groups and money. He was the first to uncover and detail the role of the billionaire Koch brothers in financing the tea party movement. His interviews and research on the Koch brothers have been featured on HBO's "The Newsroom," the documentaries "Merchants of Doubt" and "Citizen Koch," as well as in multiple media outlets. He was an investigative blogger for ThinkProgress from 2009 to 2011, and then a fellow at the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute and contributing writer for The Nation.

Africa Brooke is a Zimbabwean born, internationally acclaimed consultant, accredited coach, speaker, and podcaster. As the Founder and CEO of Africa Brooke International, she is renowned for her expertise and nuanced insights into overcoming self-sabotage and self-censorship. In this area, she offers specialized consulting and high-level coaching services, along with ongoing support to public figures, teams, and individuals worldwide. Hosting two weekly personal development and philosophy podcasts “Beyond the Self” and ‘Unthinkable Thoughts’, Africa's voice has resonated across various media platforms. She has been a sought-after guest on numerous television shows, podcasts, and radio broadcasts. Her contributions to mainstream publications, including The Guardian, showcase her thought leadership, and her impactful keynotes have graced the halls of prestigious institutions, including Cambridge University.

Diana Fleischman is an evolutionary psychologist, writer, podcaster and former psychology professor. She writes about sex differences, moral psychology, evolution and reproductive technology. She's currently finishing up a book called "How to Train Your Boyfriend" about how we all want to change other people, and what we can do about it. A high decoupler and edgette (that's a female edgelord) you can find her @Sentientist.

Bridget Phetasy is a Spectator columnist and contributing editor. She is also the host of the Weekly Dumpster Fire on YouTube and the Walk-Ins Welcome podcast. Follow her on Twitter, Rumble and YouTube, or join her community at

Freddie Sayers is a journalist and interviewer who runs the UK-based alternative media platform UnHerd, and presents the site’s breakout YouTube interview series, LockdownTV. The series includes interviews with some of the world’s most influential scientists, economists, and politicians. UnHerd’s mission is to challenge ‘herd mentality’ and celebrate otherwise unheard ideas, people and places. Since Freddie joined as Executive Editor in May 2019 its audience has grown over 500% to over 3m a month, making it one of the standout success stories in British new media. On day one of lockdown in the UK, in March 2020, Freddie launched LockdownTV, a YouTube interviews show talking to experts and thinkers about what was really happening in this extraordinary year. It has since racked up nearly 10m views, with viewers from across the world. Before taking the reins at UnHerd, Freddie was Editor-in-Chief of global data company YouGov, founder of multiple media and data startups including political news website PoliticsHome and messaging survey company InConvo (now YouGovChat). As a commentator he has also been published in the Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Spectator and Prospect.

Winston Marshall is a multifaceted individual known for his diverse contributions to music, media, and intellectual discourse. He rose to prominence as a musician, starting with bands like Gobbler’s Knob and Captain Kick & The Cowboy Ramblers before co-founding the highly successful folk-rock band Mumford & Sons. Throughout his musical career, he collaborated with renowned artists and released solo projects like the techno-fusion album 'Silk'. Beyond music, Marshall has established himself as a prominent figure in media and intellectual circles. He has written for various publications including The Free Press, The Jewish Chronicle, and The Spectator, and hosted podcasts such as 'Marshall Matters'. He has appeared on numerous media platforms including BBC, Fox News, and Sky News Australia. Additionally, Marshall is involved in activism, co-founding initiatives like 'Hong Kong Link Up' to support asylum seekers and BN(O) holders settling in the UK. He is also a co-founder of the 'Dissident Dialogues' festival of ideas, which brings together leading intellectuals for discussions and debates. Overall, Marshall's diverse interests and contributions span music, media, activism, and intellectual discourse.

Before joining Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign in March 2019, Briahna Gray was a columnist and Senior Politics Editor at The Intercept, who focused on progressive political messaging, as well as issues relating to identity and culture. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Current Affairs, and The Week, among others. Her insights regarding the weaponization of identity in the contemporary political sphere can be found in the Fusion documentary “Trumpland: Kill All Normies,” as well as a variety of podcasts and online programs, including NPR, TYT, and The Real News. Prior to joining The Intercept, she practiced law at a boutique litigation firm in New York City and was contributing editor to Current Affairs Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast "SWOTI (Someone's Wrong on the Internet)," on which she applies a leftist lens to subjects relating to both politics and pop culture. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2011, and a B.A. from Harvard College in 2007.

Dan Granger is the CEO and founder of Oxford Road, a leading ad agency and ad-tech developer. Since starting Oxford Road in 2013, Dan has teamed with countless “unicorn” companies on TV, radio and podcast advertisements on some of the country’s biggest shows, including Tim Ferriss and Joe Rogan.

Quadruple Amputee and DJ, Tom Nash exercises his unique knack for storytelling alongside his often dark and dry sense of humour, to lead audiences down a path of self discovery, encouraging them to inspect their lives from a different angle. Tom’s grounded approach to working out what’s important and setting aside the noise of life, resonates with listeners. Tom explains how harnessing the power of adversity helped him to build a more pragmatic, productive and self-reflective mindset. Applying the lateral thinking methods imbued upon him to circumnavigate physical issues into his vocational endeavours carved out a new line of thinking.

Former NASA engineer Harleen Kaur is working to shatter people’s news filter bubbles. She co-founded Ground News with Sukh Singh to help combat disinformation, fake news, and media biases. The platform compares how news sources across the political spectrum cover major stories.

Greg Lukianoff is an attorney, New York Times best-selling author, and the President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE). He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, Freedom From Speech, and FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus. He co-authored The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure with Jonathan Haidt. Most recently Greg co-authored The Canceling of the American Mind: Cancel Culture Undermines Trust and Threatens Us All—But There Is a Solution with Rikki Schlott. Greg is also an Executive Producer of Can We Take a Joke? (2015), a feature-length documentary that explores the collision between comedy, censorship, and outrage culture, both on and off campus, and of Mighty Ira: A Civil Liberties Story (2020), an award-winning feature-length film about the life and career of former ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser.

Jonathan Kay is Canadian Editor of Quillette, a TedX speaker, founder of the WrongSpeak podcast, an op-ed writer at National Post, and co-host of the Quillette podcast. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Skeptic, Canadian Lawyer, Gotham, and Canadian Jewish News. His books include Among The Truthers, Legacy: How French Canadians Shaped North America, Your Move: What Board Games Teach Us About Life, Panics and Persecutions, and Magic In The Dark: One Family’s Century Of Adventures In The Movie Business. His awards include Engineers Canada’s award for Journalism Excellence in Engineering, Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Editorial Writing, Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Critical Writing, and Canada’s National Magazine Award.

Anna Khachiyan is a Russian-American cultural critic, writer, and co-host of the podcast Red Scare based in New York City. On March 29, 2018, Khachiyan started the cultural commentary podcast Red Scare, with co-host and actress Dasha Nekrasova. The show has been associated with both the dirtbag left and the new right as well as the subculture surrounding Dimes Square. It covers current topics in American culture and politics in both a comedic and serious tone. Khachiyan's commentary and critique of neoliberalism and feminism are heavily influenced by historian Christopher Lasch and social critic Camille Paglia.

Andrew Gold is the host of Heretics podcast and YouTube channel. He is a former BBC & HBO documentary maker who speaks five languages and has investigated some of the world’s most taboo topics. After being told he couldn’t continue as a TV presenter on UK TV because he was a white man, he turned to independent podcasting.

Ayishat Akanbi is a cultural commentator, stylist, and artist. Through her work and large online following she confronts complex issues around living in today's society. She uses her platforms to comment and call out injustice and inequality in intelligent, personal, and moving ways

Eli Lake is a reporter with The Free Press. He is a longtime journalist covering foreign affairs and national security. He formerly covered these topics for Bloomberg, The Daily Beast, and Newsweek. Lake has reported on these topics from India, China, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and Israel.

Jacob Siegel is a reporter at The Daily Beast and an Army veteran. He was an editor and contributor to Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, an anthology of short fiction by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Seigel’s work has been published in The New York Times, Tablet, Politico, New York Daily News, Vice, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Magazine, among other places.

Nathan J. Robinson is a leading voice of millennial left politics. He is the editor of Current Affairs. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Guardian, and elsewhere. A graduate of Yale Law School, he is a PhD student in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University, where his work focuses on contemporary left social movements. He is the author of Why You Should Be A Socialist.

Michael Christopher Moynihan is an American journalist, former National Correspondent for Vice News, and co-host of The Fifth Column podcast. He was previously the cultural news editor for The Daily Beast, the managing editor of Vice magazine, and a senior editor of the libertarian magazine Reason.