ESA Fellow, Prof. Susan Schneider

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Professor Susan Schneider, PhD is an Honorary and Advisory Philosopher, and ESA Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association.

Prof. Schneider is a Professor at the University of Connecticut, and the NASA-Baruch Blumberg Chair at the Library of Congress and NASA. She is also the Director of the AI, Mind and Society Group at the University of Connecticut.

Schneider writes about the nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy, AI, cognitive science and astrobiology. Within philosophy, she has explored the computational nature of the brain in her academic book, The Language of Thought: a New Direction. More recently, she defended an anti-materialist position about the fundamental nature of mind. In her new book, Artificial You: AI and the Future of the Mind, she brings these topics together in an accessible way, discussing the philosophical implications of AI, and, in particular, the enterprise of “mind design.” Her work in philosophy of AI has now taken her to the Hill (Washington, DC), where she will meet with members of Congress on AI policy and organize educational events for Congress and staffers in conjunction with the Library of Congress on a range of topics, such as data privacy, algorithmic bias, technological unemployment, autonomous weapons, and more. Schneider appears frequently on television shows on stations such as PBS and The History Channel (see below for clips) as well as keynoting AI ethics conferences at places such as Harvard University and University of Cambridge. She also writes opinion pieces for the New York Times, Scientific American and The Financial Times. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, (see “media” above), at venues like The New York Times, Science, Big Think, Nautilus, Discover and Smithsonian.


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ESA Fellow, Prof. Michael Rose


Professor Michael R. Rose is Honorary and Avisory Evolutionary Biologist of the United Sigma Intelligence Association.

Prof. Rose is Distinguished Professor & Director of NERE, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology School of Biological Sciences at University of California, Irvine, and Cheif Scientist at Lyceum Pharmaceuticals. His research interests are Experimental Evolution, Human Evolution, Evolution of Sex, and Biological Immortality in addition to Aging and Drosophila. His academic distincions include British Commonwealth Scholar (1976-1979), NATO Science Fellow (1979-1981), NSERC of Canada University Research Fellow (1981-1988), President’s Prize (with others) American Society of Naturalists (1992), Excellence in Teaching Award, UCI Biological Sciences (1996), and Busse Prize, World Congress of Gerontology (1997).


ESA Fellow, Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, FAAN


Dr. Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, FAAN is Advisory Neurologist of United Sigma Intelligence Association.

Dr. Amit M. Shelat is a Professional Neurologist, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He is the Vice Chairman of the New York State Board for Medicine. Dr. Shelat is also appointed to the Board for Professional Medical Conduct of the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Shelat is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Shelat is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN), the American College of Physicians (FACP), the New York Academy of Medicine (FNYAM), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FFSMB) and the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners (FAAOE).

Dr. Shelat completed his neurology residency in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Program at Northwell Health. He completed his medical doctorate at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Shelat holds the Master of Science degree in Healthcare Management (MHCM) from the Harvard University, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in Health Policy and Management from the New York University (NYU), Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He completed his undergraduate studies at New York University (NYU) and graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and psychology with departmental honors.


FSA Member, Ian Lawrence Bott

Ian Lawrence Bott is a Member of FSA Society and Contributing Education Consultant of USIA. Mr. Bott studied at Imperial College London, and after graduating, he is studying a Master degree in education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is also a member of Triple Nine Society.

“I grew up in London, England and spent my undergraduate studies between Imperial College London and Rice University.

After graduating, I sought out a career in education, first as a math teacher and then as a Dean of Academics, helping to found a high school in Houston, Texas.

Currently I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Mind, Brain, and Education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, with the intention to go on to complete a PhD.

I am interested in 21st-century school reform, with a particular focus on individuality and personalization within education. I did not always feel that traditional education served my needs, and so I am always curious about new ways to unlock human potential. In my free time I like to play poker competitively, follow US politics, and spend time with my dog.”

– Ian Bott

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ESA News, Dr. Ronald Hoeflin’s Interview


InSight Publishing Interview with Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin, Advisory Psychometrician of the USIA, is now published. Dr. Hoeflin is Founder of Mega Society and Prometheus Society. Dr. Hoeflin is a pioneer in the field of Psychometrics for high range intelligence creating Mega Test and Titan Test as the first high range test in history.

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FSA Member, Mark Tabladillo



Mark Tabladillo Ph.D. is a Member of FSA Society, USIA. Dr. Tabladillo works for Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect. He has a science doctorate from Georgia Tech. Based in Atlanta, GA, Mark provides cloud enterprise solutions for companies in the US for Microsoft’s strategic clients. His professional focus includes developing Artificial Intelligence systems and has contributed to Microsoft’s Ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence. He is also volunteer Regional Director in Georgia for Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics alliance.

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ESA Fellow, Ronald Hoeflin, PhD


Ronald K. Hoeflin, PhD is Honorary and Advisory Researcher, and ESA Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association.

Dr. Hoeflin is best known as the founder of Mega Society and Prometheus Society before founding Omega, Epimetheus, One in a Thousand, and Top One Percent SocietyAs an American Philosopher, Dr. Hoeflin received a PhD in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research, and In 1988, he won the American Philosophical Association’s Rockefeller Prize for his article, “Theories of Truth: A Comprehensive Synthesis.” Presently, Dr. Hoeflin is nearing completion of his multi-volume book titled “The Encyclopedia of Categories”.

ESA Fellow, Prof. Peter Singer


Professor Peter Singer is a Honorary and Advisory Philosopher of United Sigma Intelligence Association.

Prof. Singer is best known as “World’s Most Influential Living Philosopher” credited with starting the Modern Animal Rights Movement, development of Effective Altruism, and Life Ethics in Bioethics.

He is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. Since 2005, Prof. Singer has been Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, both in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.

“Journalists have bestowed on me the tag of “world’s most influential living philosopher.” They are probably thinking of my work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, often credited with starting the modern animal rights movement, and with the influence that my writing has had on development of effective altruism. I am also known for my controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics.

Several key figures in the animal movement have said that my book Animal Liberation, first published in 1975, led them to get involved in the struggle to reduce the vast amount of suffering we inflict on animals. To that end, I co-founded the Australian Federation of Animal Societies, now Animals Australia, the country’s largest and most effective animal organization. My wife, Renata, and I stopped eating meat in 1971.

I am the founder of The Life You Can Save, an organization based on my book of the same name. It aims to spread my ideas about why we should be doing much more to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty, and how we can best do this. You can view my TED talk on this topic.

My writings in this area include: the 1972 essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” in which I argue for donating to help the global poor; and two books that make the case for effective giving, The Life You Can Save (2009) and The Most Good You Can Do (2015).

I have written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 50 books, including Practical Ethics, The Expanding Circle, Rethinking Life and Death, One World, The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason) and The Point of View of the Universe (with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek. My writings have appeared in more than 25 languages.

I was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. After teaching in England, the United States, and Australia, in 1999 I became Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Since 2005 I have combined that role with the position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. One of the big attractions of being in Melbourne is that Renata and I can spend time with our three daughters and four grandchildren. We also enjoy hiking, and I surf.”

*Reference from Prof. Peter Singer’s official website.


ESA Fellow, Dr. Tom Chittenden


Tom Chittenden, DPhil, PhD, PStat is an Advisory Statistician/Biologist, and Fellow of ESA Society and the United Sigma Intelligence Association.

Dr. Chittenden holds D.Phil. from University of Oxford, and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Presently, he is a Senior Biostatistics and Mathematical Biology Consultant at Harvard University, Medical School as an Advisory Board Member. He has been a Lecturer and Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institue of Technology (MIT), University of Oxford among others. Dr. Chittenden is the Chief AI Scientist of WuXi NextCODE Genomics, and President and Founder of Complex Biological Systems Alliance. He was recently named one of the Top 100 Artificial Intelligence Leaders in Drug Discovery and Advanced Healthcare.

*Dr. Chittenden is a member of Omega Society.

FSA Member, Caspar Nijuis


Caspar Nijuis is a member of FSA: Four Sigma Associate Society. Nijuis studied mathematics at the University of Amsterdam, top university in Netherland, and obtained a Master’s degree. Caspar Nijhuis is also a member of Epimetheus Society.

“I am an IT generalist with a background in mathematics, currently working as a freelance coder. I always get drawn to the most tricky puzzles, also outside of the IT realm, for example Go and Sudoku.

Still I am not sure yet, but it seems the only thing in life that really matters is music. My favourite range of music is from Mozart to Rachmaninov, but I like almost all music. And I do play the piano a little bit, too.”

– Caspar Nijhuis

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