BrighterBrains.org is the communications outlet for the Brighter Brains Institute – a San Francisco Bay Area charity, think tank & policy advocacy center.
We are composed of twenty-four Fellows from eleven nations. Twelve of our Fellows are “Active” – involved in the current activities of BBI. The other thirteen were involved in earlier activities. Fellows also serve as Board Members and Officers.
- Susan KuchinskasActive Fellow
Susan Kuchinskas is the author of “The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy and Love” – a book that explains the physiological link between love and wellbeing, what happens in the brain when we connect with others—and what’s missing when we can’t. She also wrote “Oxytocin Parenting: From the Womb through the Terrible Twos”, about how parenting shapes the brain’s social circuits. She works as a journalist covering science, business and technology. Find out more about Susan at www.ChemistryofConnection.com. 510-644-2612www.kuchinskas.com @susankuchinskas
- Alex McGilveryactive fellow
Alex McGilvery is lives with his family in Flin Flon, northern Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of The Unenchanted Princess, By The Book, and Playing With Yggdrasil, and he serves as the minister of a thriving congregation: Northminster Memorial United Church of Canada. Alex has also written essays for the bioethics think tank – The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. (Vice-President)
- Hank PellissierActive Fellow
Hank Pellissier – Brain health writer at GreatSchools.org, columnist at Salon.com,NYTimes, and SFGate.com, author of Brighter Brains: 225 ways to elevate or injure IQ. Produced the Atheist Film Festival, ex-Managing Director of Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Bio here. (President)
- Rosalina MelendresACTIVE FELLOW
Rosalina Melendres – president and founder of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy and other private schools for tribal children in Oriental Mindoro, the Philippines. She pursued master units in child psychology at the Philippine Normal University, Manila, where she also completed her specialization course for preschool children. She has devoted her life to helping the underprivileged children of Oriental Mindoro, and she has also worked as a vocation promoter since 1987. (Vice-President)
- Zoltan IstvanActive Fellow
Zoltan Istvan (Columbia University) ex-journalist for National Geographic, author of the best-selling visionary sci-fi novel The Transhumanist’s Wager, columnist for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and Motherboard VICE. In October 2014, Istvan announced that he may run for U.S. President on a platform he calls the Transhumanist Party. The three primary political goals of his campaign are human longevity, creating a culture of science and technology, and creating “national and global safeguards and programs that protect people against abusive technology and other possible planetary perils we might face as we transition into the transhumanist era.”
- Bwambale Robert Musubahoactive fellow
Bwambale Robert Musubaho – is a Ugandan biological science graduate, a humanist and educationist. He’s the founder and director of Kasese United Humanist Association, a community organization in Western Uganda that embraces the humanist ethos, and engages in local developmental activities. His organization operates a free thought library, a primary school, and a botanical garden. His work can be viewed here. His great passion is to help children and youths attain basic education and vocational skills to help them achieve self reliance.
- Alexey Turchinactive fellow
Alexey Turchin is author of “Structure of the Global Catastrophe. Risks of human extinction in the XXI century” and numerous articles on existential risks. He studied Physics and Art History at Moscow State University. Since 2010, he has worked at the Science for Longer Life Foundation where he wrote a book “Future Studies” with Michael Batin. He is presently working on the book ‘‘Immortality”. He is one of the founders of Longevity Party, and the founder of Stop Existential Risks on Facebook. He organized the first ever street action in the USA for Life Extension at Googleplex in Feb. 2014 and he’s led multiple other actions in additional nations.
- Roger D. HansenActive Fellow
Roger D. Hansen has been a civil engineer and planner for Reclamation for 33 years in Provo, Utah. He has worked with colleagues to bring water and power to Native Americans in remote locations, particularly Navajos in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Roger has written on water distribution system automation, technology and ethics, history of water development, Native American issues, organizational dynamics, and international travel. He’s worked in over 30 countries on 5 continents, and he currently divides his time between Provo, the Navajo Nation, and Uganda. His blog Tired Road Warrior deals largely with humanitarian and social justice issues. Roger is on the local board of the Professional Chapter ofEngineers Without Borders, and the humanitarian committee of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. He’s married, with 3 married children and 11 grandchildren. (Board Member)
- Ted PetersActive Fellow
Ted Peters is a futurist and scholar who focuses on the interaction between theology and science. He co-edits the journal, Theology and Science, for the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley. His website is: Ted’s Timely Take, tedstimelytake.com. Ted sponsored the “De-Worming the Mangyan” Project. (Board Member)
- Leo IgweActive Fellow
The Western and Southern African representative to IHEU, the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He has bravely worked to end a variety of human rights violations, including anti-gay hate, sorcery, witchcraft, ritual killing, human sacrifice, “untouchability”, caste discrimination, “child witch” superstition, and anti-blasphemy laws. He is presently enrolled in a three year research program me on “Witchcraft accusations in Africa” at the University of Bayreuth, in Germany.
- Biba Kavassactive fellow
Biba Kavass is an Economics teacher at Southwind High School in Memphis, TN. She is also the founder of Microfinance in Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to involving students in humanitarian projects on a global level and the first KIVA Club (high school microfinance) chartered in the state of Tennessee. Students operate a website entitled Microfinance in Action, are writing a book entitled “Microfinance in Action: A Guide for Teenagers,” and are producing a video-documentary on poverty and microfinance via travels both nationally and internationally. Her resume is here. (Secretary)
- Dorothy DeasyActive Fellow
Dorothy Deasy is a freelance design researcher with a Masters of Applied Theology and a BS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is on the Board of Directors of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. Dorothy has performed humanitarian service work in India, she has volunteered with a group foster home in Chicago, and she’s volunteered to help Somali refugee families with their relocation. (Board Member)
- Nikki OlsonActive Fellow
Nikki Olson is a transhumanist writer/researcher authoring unique articles on transhumanist culture and advancing technology. Involved in Singularity research for 4 years as a full-time research assistant, she worked on an upcoming book about the Singularity, aided in the development of the University of Alberta course “Technology and the Future of Medicine”, and produced educational material for the Lifeboat Foundation. Her interests lie in scarcity reducing technology, biotechnology, DIY, augmentation technologies, artificial intelligence, and transhumanist philosophy. (Board Member)