In this episode, Bo Bennett answers some listener feedback about critical thinking and interviews humanist Matthew Facciani about his activism & research in the areas of feminism, religion, and science communication.
From Matt’s website:
Matthew Facciani is a PhD candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of South Carolina. He completed his undergraduate education at Westminster College, PA receiving a B.A. in Psychology with honors. Facciani has done research on neuroimaging methods and is currently studying the themes of race, class, and gender in comic books. His dissertation will be on the neuroscience of religiosity. He is also an instructor at the University of South Carolina where he teaches psychological statistics.
Facciani’s writing has been featured on Faith Street, The Good Men Project, The Feminist Observer, Patheos, Skeptical Raptor, Feministing, Secular Nation, and others which are linked in the writing section of this site.
As for activism, Facciani is involved with various organizations and projects which promote gender equality and religious tolerance. Facciani also travels around the country to give talks about gender equality and the psychology of religious belief.
Once Facciani finishes his PhD, he plans to complete a post-doctoral fellowship furthering his cognitive neuroscience research and become a college professor and science communicator.