Scott E. Antes

Scott Antes is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. Prior to becoming a university educator in 1996, he experienced a rewarding career in industry and manufacturing as a design engineer, additionally as a stringed musical builder.


Nicole Bies-Hernandez, Ph.D.

Nicole Bies-Hernandez is a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Her research examines a variety of topics within the domain of cognitive psychology using both theoretical and applied techniques with humans. The research areas that her work investigates are memory (both long-term and working memory), decision-making/reasoning, and text comprehension. Generally, within all of these areas, she is particularly interested in how these processes function as well as factors that can influence (enhance or hinder) them. From working in these areas, she has also developed research interests that involve the teaching of psychology and the application of cognitive findings to learning and memory in the classroom.


Robert Blaskiewicz, Ph.D.

Bob Blaskiewicz is the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry’s “Conspiracy Guy” web columnist, a JREF Swift Blog contributor, a blogger at skepticalhumanities.com, a regular panelist on the live weekly web show The Virtual Skeptics (Wed 8PM Eastern), and contributes a monthly essay to the Skepticality podcast. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he specializes in and teaches about World War II veterans’ writings, extraordinary/paranormal claims and conspiracy theory.


Mark Edward

Mark Edward is a professional mentalist who specializes in magic of the mind. He has spent over thirty years in world class venues from high-end night clubs and theaters to hundreds of private party and corporate events. As one of only five specially chosen and trained mediums in the history of Hollywood's famed Magic Castle, he has performed fifteen years of seances that helped him perfect the role of spirit medium and psychic entertainer. During this time he wrote several books on these subjects and appeared on television as both primary consultant and on-air performer in such diverse programming as A & E's Biography: "Houdini, the Great Escape," NBC's "The Other Side" and "Psychic Secrets Revealed," and many more. Most recently, he contributed a tell-all about how the Ouija board works for National Geographic Channel's "Brain Games." His featured segment as a spirit medium on the pilot episode of Showtime's "Penn & Teller's - Bullshit!" series helped secure an Emmy Award nomination for that episode in 2002.


Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards is a magician, mentalist, lecturer, and businessman. Mike rose to fame years ago as part of
Project Alpha, where he and Banachek (Steve Shaw) posed as psychics and were declared genuine by a
leading physic research laboratory. Michael’s work on Project Alpha, along with that of James Randi, showed that even highly funded scientists were able to be fooled in their own laboratories with relatively simple magic effects. Michael has lectured throughout the United States as a skeptic. He lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.


Season Ellison, Ph.D.

Season Ellison is a Lecturer of Performance Studies in the Honors and First Year Seminar Programs at Northern Arizona University. Her research areas include the study of performance in daily life, gender and diversity studies, viewing animal training and communication through the lenses of theatre and performance, and theatre directing, devising, and acting. She uses theatre practice daily in her general education courses to help students think beyond their own boxes. When she is not at work, she spends her time training and riding horses, working on her mini-ranch, and hiking with her dogs. She is also a licensed equine massage therapist.


Whitney Hansen, Ph.D.

Whitney Hansen is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University where she teaches a range of undergraduate courses. While her area of expertise is cognitive psychology, with a focus on human memory, she also teaches courses on research methods, statistics, and physiological psychology. She has also spoken to attorneys, insurance adjusters, and general audiences about memory errors and eyewitness misidentification. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and dog.


Sharon Hill, P.G., EdM

Sharon Hill is a geologist with a specialty in science and society and public outreach for science. She is the creator and editor of the unique critical thinking blog DoubtfulNews.com that casts an informed and skeptical eye on questionable topics that appear in the media such as the paranormal, alternative medicine claims, pseudoscience, and anomalies. She researches and writes about the paranormal, monsters and natural phenomena for various blogs and publications including Skeptical Inquirer and Fortean Times. As a Scientific and Technical Consultant for Center for Inquiry, she authors a monthly column on the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry site called “Sounds Sciencey” that calls out fake and pretend science and sham inquiry. As owner of Lithospherica, LLC, she advocates for evidence-focused skepticism, providing consults, training, and presentations for paranormal investigation groups, writers, journalists and businesses.


Ray Hyman, Ph.D.

Ray Hyman is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon. His research and publications have focused on deception, perception, cognition, problem solving and creativity. He also performed professionally as a magician and contributed many of his creations to various magic publications. In collaboration with James Randi and Martin Gardner, he was one of the founders of the modern skeptical movement. He lectures and writes on skepticism and how we are fooled.


Eve Siebert, Ph.D.

Eve Siebert has a Ph.D. in English literature from Saint Louis University and has taught college writing and literature for many years. Her primary area of study is Old and Middle English literature, with secondary concentrations in Old Norse and Shakespeare. She contributed several posts to the Education and Skepticism blog series for the James Randi Educational Foundation and has participated in workshops on Skepticism and Rhetoric, Skepticism across the Curriculum, and Skepticism and the Humanities at The Amazing Meeting. She blogs at skepticalhumanities.com and www.skeptic.com/insight/, contributes to the Skepticality podcast, and is a panelist on the Virtual Skeptics webcast.


Jona Vance, Ph.D.

Jona Vance teaches philosophy at Northern Arizona University. His research and publications focus on perception and emotion, especially their significance for theories of rationality and the structure of the mind. Jona has presented his work at NAU, Cornell, Harvard, Peking (China), Western Ontario, and other universities. He also regularly facilitates community philosophy discussions in Flagstaff and Sedona in association with NAU’s Philosophy in the Public Interest.


Chad Woodruff, Ph.D.

Chad Woodruff is a Social Cognitive Neuroscientist at NAU who studies the relationship between brain function and empathy. Specifically, he examines how the brain simulates the thoughts and feelings of others, but also how it keeps those thoughts and actions separate from its own.


Anthony Barnhart, Ph.D.

Anthony Barnhart (aka, “Magic Tony”) is a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. He started his career studying the processes underlying handwritten word perception. However, Tony is also a part-time professional magician with over 20 years of performing experience. His research trajectory changed in 2010 with the publication of the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about our Everyday Deceptions, in which he was featured as a consultant and teacher on the science of stage magic. The scientific interest that the book garnered motivated Tony to shift his focus toward the interface of science and magic. His work on the science of magic has been featured in Science News For Kids as well as in national and international television appearances and documentaries, most recently appearing in the Science Channel’s “Hack My Brain” program.