Andrew Fraknoi is chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College near San Francisco and senior educator at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He is a fellow of CSI, specializing in debunking pseudoscience connected with astronomy. Asteroid 4859 was named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union to recognize his contributions to the public understanding of astronomy, but he is eager to reassure readers that his is an extremely boring main-belt asteroid that is in no danger of hitting Earth.
Professor Paul Kurtz is the founder of the Center for Inquiry, CFI’s former chairman, the former Editor-in-Chief of Free Inquiry magazine, and professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kurtz has spent much of his life on the critical examination of religion, but believes that naturalists need to emphasize and build positive alternatives to religion. For Kurtz, it is not enough to reject God, but to affirm the positive implications of the secular humanist perspective.