Carnegie Mellon University — Pittsburgh, PA
Andy Norman teaches philosophy at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. He is a dynamic presenter who likes to challenge audiences to think hard about reason and faith, science and spirituality, and the foundations of ethics. Andy authors the popular "Brainstormin'" column for the Humanist Network News, and works at developing naturalistic alternatives to destructive religious mythologies. His work has appeared in Free Inquiry, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, and dozens of journals. Also a serial entrepreneur, Andy built an early “thought processor” for strengthening critical thinking skills. He now runs popular Ultimate Frisbee-based character education programs for children. Andy received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife of 20 years, two fascinating kids, and a dog that couldn’t care less about frisbees.