The Speakers

The Armoured skeptic & Shoe0nHead

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SKEPTICISM in the Social Media age

Armoured Skeptic is a well-known Canadian atheist YouTube content creator who focuses mainly on religion and often debunks many statements made by religious fundamentalists and apologists.

June, also known as "Shoe0nhead", is a popular YouTube content creator from New York who enjoys ranting about the bizarre world we live in today. 

Melissa Chen

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The EROSIon of enlightenment values and why we need to safeguard them

Melissa Chen was born in Singapore and immigrated to the US, where she studied Computational Biology at Boston University and then at MIT. She worked at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and has published papers on lymphoma and infectious disease. She left the science world behind after a stint in a biotech firm and is currently the managing director of Ideas Beyond Borders, an New York-based organization founded by Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, whose mission is to promote free expression and human rights around the world to counter extremist narratives and authoritarian institutions. 

 

 

Sargon of Akkad & 
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A Discussion of Contemporary Socio-Politics

Carl "Sargon of Akkad" Benjamin is a popular independent Vlogger with nearly 600,000 subscribers on YouTube. A skeptic of ideologies both theological and political, his channel is dedicated to rational arguments backed by evidence.  Sometimes a polemicist, at other times soft spoken, Sargon of Akkad has created a considerable amount of content regarding skeptical thought.

Thomas Smith is the host of the popular podcast Serious Inquiries Only where he interviews various members of the atheist and skeptic communities. He's also a co-host on the podcast Opening Arguments and Comedy Shoe Shine, and former host of Thomas and The Bible. 

They will be discussing cultural-political topics on which they disagree. Thomas Smith will be interviewing Sargon of Akkad onstage in what is sure to be an entertaining hour with two individuals who could not be on more opposite ends of many belief standpoints.

 

Ron Miscavige

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ruthless: scientology, My son, david miscavige, and me

Ron Miscavige is the father of David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology. Ron spent 42 years living under the Church's grasp, but escaped from their international headquarters in California on March 25, 2012. After his escape, the Church's "disconnection policy" was activated, wherein family members and friends sever all ties. His son David allegedly hired private investigators to follow him and file reports each day about his activities: where he went, what he did, and who he spoke. Ron has an amazing story to share surrounding the 42 years he spent in Scientology and the terrible experiences of being followed, harassed and disconnected from his family in the aftermath. He is raising his voice in hopes that families like his are not drawn in and later torn apart because of differing beliefs.