Brian Keith Dalton: Mr. Deity and the Humanists
Apr 24, 2011 / 4:00 PM
Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston
Date change! Because of a scheduling conflict, we've postponed this meeting by one week.|
Brian Keith Dalton is the creator of Mr. Deity, a web show that began as an iTunes podcast and shortly thereafter became a YouTube sensation garnering hundreds of thousands of views and the attention of Sony Pictures Entertainment. After signing with Sony, Mr. Deity aired exclusively on Sony's "Crackle" website where the episodes were viewed by millions of fans and lauded by likes of Michael Shermer, Julia Sweeny, and Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller). Brian writes, directs, produces, stars in, edits, and composes the music for the show.
Brian is (as he likes to say) a "Formon"—a former Mormon. In his late teens, Brian got religion "with a vengeance" and began studying theology, philosophy, and psychology. In the 1980s, he wrote and performed an album of religious music with partner Paul Steenhoek, and toured the Western United States, singing and lecturing about the importance of faith. He ultimately ended up working with Jewish theologian, and Nationally Syndicated radio talk show host, Dennis Prager. But in his mid-twenties, he began to question his devotion to both Mormonism and religion in general. This questioning lead him to a life of skepticism and a deep reverence for science, the scientific method, and the value of free thought and critical thinking. Brian has an extensive background in Mormonism, Christianity, and Judaism.
He is well-versed in skepticism, science, critical thinking, and is extremely passionate about the importance, and governing role of reason in our lives and in our society. He is an award-winning writer, director, editor, composer, and producer and has shot, produced, and edited video for Disney, Clear Channel, Cap Cities, and other Fortune 500 companies.
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