The Speakers

The Armoured skeptic & Shoe0nHead

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Atheism 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



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 moonlights as a secular activist and runs the Global Secular Humanist Movement, which has 370K subscribers. Chen is launching a non-profit called Ideas Beyond Borders which promotes the free exchange of ideas and defends human rights through education, building partnerships, research, and technology to counter extremist narratives and authoritarian institutions.



featuring thomas smith


Dave Rubin is a talk show host, comedian, and TV personality. He is the host of The Rubin Report, a talk show about big ideas and free speech, heralded for it's politically incorrect and honest approach to discussing complex issues and current events. The show has garnered a huge fan base from across the world, by having honest conversations about important issues in a thoughtful and candid manner rarely seen in mainstream media.

Dave is known for his political satire and political commentary, targeting many topics including political correctness, free speech, politics, mass media, religion, and foreign affairs. He is passionate and outspoken about the ideological split between liberals and the progressive movement, and has been influential in popularizing the phrase "Regressive Left." A former progressive, Dave identifies with Classical Liberalism and feels strongly about building a new center in the political landscape. 

Dave was formerly an on-air host at The Young Turks Network, and prior to that was co-host of The Six Pack on SiriusXM satellite radio, also one of the top comedy podcasts on iTunes. His television credits include Comedy Central, Fox News, HLN, CNN and PBS. He has defended LGBT rights on The O'Reilly Factor and debated Mike Huckabee. Dave's comedy and commentary has been highlighted in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, and he has been nominated by L.A. Weekly for Funniest Twitter. 

Dave will be interviewing Thomas Smith. 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.