Mary Midgley is a philosopher whose special interests are in the relations of humans to the rest of nature, particularly animals, and in the tendency of science to become a religion. She formerly lectured in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle on Tyne, UK. Her books include Beast and Nature, Animals and Why They Matter, Science and Poetry, The Myths We Live By, The Solitary Self; Darwin and the Selfish Gene and a memoir, The Owl of Minerva. She still lives in Newcastle and has three sons.
Jonathan Burt is the editor of the Reaktion “Animal” series, author of Animals in Film (2002) and Rat (2008), and numerous articles on aspects of animal history. He is currently writing a novel which has more animals in it than he ever intended.
Karen is Senior Vice President of the Film & TV Unit at American Humane Association. She has been with AHA for more than 18 years and leads the Los Angeles-based Film & TV Unit. The program includes 50 full-time and part-time staff, including American Humane Association Certified Animal Safety Representatives™, who monitor animal action on 2,000 productions a year. The Film & TV Unit grants filmed productions that follow its guidelines and requirements the famed “No Animals Were Harmed”® end-credit certification.
Sam Gosling is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He did his doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley, where he his dissertation focused personality in spotted hyenas. His non-human research has also examined dogs, cats, chimpanzees, and squid. He also does research on Internet-based methods of data collection and on how human personality is manifested in everyday contexts like bedrooms, offices, webpages, and music preferences. Gosling is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution.