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Sam Harris

Sam Harris is a cofounder and Chairman of Project Reason. He is the author of the bestselling books The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, and Waking Up. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The AtlanticThe Annals of Neurology, among others. Mr. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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Annaka Harris

Annaka Harris is a cofounder of Project Reason. She is a freelance editor of nonfiction books, a consultant for science writers, and author of the children’s book, I Wonder. Ms. Harris is also a volunteer for InnerKids, working with children to help increase their attentional skills and self-awareness.

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Jai Lakshman

For the last 25 years Jai Lakshman has served as an Executive Director, Program Manager, Board Member and Strategic Consultant for non-profit and business organizations focusing on international public health, community & economic development, Native arts and culture, the environment, and youth education. Jai has served as Director of many organizations including: The Southwest Association for American Indian Arts (SWAIA) - Santa Fe Indian Market; Seva Foundation; and New Mexico Water Initiative. Jai currently owns and operates Wildhorse Enterprises, LLC, a community based economic development and property management firm dedicated to developing sustainable, land-based business initiatives, including renewable energy and mixed–use projects in the Southwestern United States. Jai is also co-founder of the non-profit arts and conservation organizations, Creative Footprint and He is also the founding member of newly formed, Native Development Associates, LLC.