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John Kirbow

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Biography: Here is a link to my work and bio:

Short version here:

John Kirbow is a writer, polyglot language lover and veteran of the US Army Special Operations community and Defense Department, with time in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Europe, and US Central Command (CENTCOM). A self-described "Social Science Warrior (SSW), he is the founder of Reason Revival (, a movement for bringing science, reason and compassion into politics and sensitive social issues. He also focuses heavily on ways that people in the West can support secular dissidents, women's movements and liberal-minded Muslims across Islamic societies, with an ongoing initiative for bringing various voices, skills and ideas together. He is finishing books on both projects.

I'm a writer and an author working on several books, on a coast to coast political movement to bring people together in conversation across ideology and demography.

My discussions over the years with diverse groups on these topics have been very encouraging.

I am a Student Veteran at Fordham, and am collaborating with faculty at CUNY as well, specifically on building a much bigger bridge between returning veterans and academia, as well as veterans and the science / skepticism community.

I'm the founder of the Reason Revival movement and currently working to help build "discussion incubators" across NYC Universities, to bring conservatives and liberals together in more civil and productive forms of dialogue and discussion.

I am in frequent contact and dialogue with NYC academia and media figures as well as the science and skepticism community

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Main Website:

Science in our Communities:

Very respectfully,

John A Kirbow

"Per Aspera, Ad Astra",

“Through hardship, to the Stars!”

Founder, Behavioral Terrain and Reason Revival
Former GS-13 and Special Operations NCO, US Army (OIF / OEF)

Project Founder and Director:
The Red Hook Empowerment Network
Project Fort Defiance for Veterans

M: (347) 738-3245
Location: New York City
Proposed Session Title: A Revival of Reason and Science within American Politics
Session Description:
THE FOCUS: Building a Bridge between Science, Skepticism and American Politics, to counter extremism and superstition with reason and compassion


(1) How to combat hate and extremism with science and skepticism. Equipping ourselves and others with the tools to reach out, communicate with, and meaningfully engage diverse American audiences, across political demography.

(2) Creating Exchange Spaces. That is, how we can build "incubators for reason, skepticism and compassion" across more of America. In particular, within our online platforms, as well as across campuses and communities, including within marginalized neighborhoods.

(3) How can we reach out more effectively into heartland America, beyond our Cities?

(4) How can we build bridges of productive dialogue, empathy and understanding across more of our social and political divides?

The talk will have a common thread of science throughout: The practical tools and models to help achieve the above ideas, and some of the science behind these approaches. Chiefly, *emotionally effective communication, non-confrontational discussion and dialogue, moral psychology, and anti-extremism models*.

One of my writings on science and skepticism within politics can be found here:


Overall, I hope to make the case that skeptics can be at the tip of the spear in this change. I look forward to Q and A, and will aim for a 20 minute professional style talk, with 10 minutes of engaging and thoughtful Q and A.

"Per Aspera, Ad Astra!"
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