Reginald Vaughn Finley, Sr.

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Reginald Vaughn Finley Sr.
Born 1974
Atlanta, Georgia
Residence Florida
Nationality American
Education PhD. International Public Health, 2019, M.S. Biology, 2016, M.ED. Science and The Public, 2013, B.S. Human Development, 2011, A.A. General Studies
Alma mater Euclid University, SUNY at Buffalo, Clemson University
Occupation Multidisciplinary science educator
Years active Since 1998
Known for Activism on behalf of science education and freethought
Television WifeSwap Episode 122, The Humanist Perspective TV Show
Children 5
Parent(s) Algernon C. Finley Sr and Mary L. Finley
Call-sign Dr. Ion or the Infidel Guy
Website www.reginaldfinley.com

Reginald Vaughn Finley, Sr. (born in 1974) is a science and health educator, and genealogist.[1]

He follows in the tradition of his great-grandmother, Dr. Mary Alice Person LaSaine[2] (1882-1957), an early black educator. He is a US Army veteran, and served overseas during Operation Able Sentry in 1995. Finley is a former member of the Atlanta-based music group Forte', now called 112.

As an experiment, he worked for a time as a "phone psychic" with the psychic network.[3] He said he was amazed at how the callers didn't realize that they were the ones providing the information.[3] Finley gave a talk about his methods to a Center for Inquiry conference in 2001.[4]

While attending St. Leo College at Fort McPherson, he studied philosophy and religion, and soon became interested in the effect of bad ideas and the lack of scientific knowledge of the general public. Lacking a religious identity, he shortly began identifying himself as a freethinker and critical thinker.[5]

Finley took a hiatus from school and began his 12-year internet media career with an internet radio show, The Infidel Guy Show[6] (1999-2010), which focused on educating the public about science, philosophy, ethics, freethought, and the value of critical thinking.[7]

Finley's programs, Freethought Radio and The Infidel Guy Show, featured personalities from across the philosophical and scientific spectrum, including scientists Michio Kaku and Richard Dawkins, lawyer Michael Newdow, creationist Kent Hovind, Ali Sina of Faith Freedom International, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci, and Michael Shermer, founder of the Skeptics Society.[8] At its end, Finley had produced over 600 programs.

Finley's family appeared on ABC's reality show Wife Swap on November 28, 2005, in which his wife Amber switched places with the wife of a devout Christian pastor.[9]

From 2007-2012, Finley returned to corporate America while simultaneously conducting his informal education programs [10] on a part-time basis.

After working in the informal science industry, and corporate america, Finley returned to school, earning his bachelor's in Human Development from Amridge University (2011), and completed his master's at SUNY at Buffalo in Science and the Public[11] (2013). He has also attended Clemson University, earning a master's in Biology (2016). He is currently earning a PhD in International Public Health from Euclid University. [12]

His latest projects include AmazingLife.Bio,[13] a biology education website for grades 5 through 12, in which he educates visitors about the diversity of life on planet Earth. He also offers online tutoring services in biology. His other project, Cancer Cure Scams,[14] is a site devoted to protecting cancer patients against dangerous alternative medicine practitioners and educating the public on how to properly understand and interpret science.[8]

Finley is currently a multidisciplinary science instructor[7] in Orlando, Florida, and has taught subjects such as the nature of science, critical thinking in science, biology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, marine biology, and physical science.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finley, Reginald (Oct 1999). "Family Origins Tree". FamilyOriginsTree.com. Reginald Finley Sr. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Dr. Mary Alice Person LaSaine
  3. ^ a b "Dial a Psychic". infidels.org. December 23, 2000. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ Flynn, Tom (ed.). The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief. Prometheus Books, 2007, p. 31.
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/reginaldvfinleysr/about
  6. ^ The Infidel Guy Show
  7. ^ a b c LinkedIn.com, Reginald Finley, LinkedIn Page, Last accessed December 26, 2013.
  8. ^ a b ReginaldFinley.com, ReginaldFinley.com, October 4, 1999, accessed December 26, 2013.
  9. ^ Wifeswap episode 122, American Broadcasting Company, November 28, 2005, accessed May 11, 2007.
  10. ^ https://www.facebook.com/thefunscientists
  11. ^ http://gse.buffalo.edu/online/science
  12. ^ [1], ReginaldFinley.com, Last accessed December 14, 2016.
  13. ^ AmazingLife.Bio
  14. ^ Cancer Cure Scams

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