Alex J. O’Connor is founder of the Cosmic Skeptic YouTube channel, podcast and blog, platforms dedicated to the publication of philosophical ideas and debates in an accessible format. He is currently reading for a degree in philosophy and theology at St John’s College, Oxford University.

Alex is an international public speaker and debater, having delivered addresses in multiple continents at conferences, universities, and local drinking groups, as well as debated ethics, religion, and politics with a number of high-profile opponents before college audiences, on radio talk shows and on national television.

Alex’s online videos have been viewed thirty million times, attracting over 400,000 people to subscribe to his regular content. He has produced videos with notable experts in respected fields, such as Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins, and William Lane Craig.

Alex is an impassioned animal rights advocate and religious critic, regularly discussing these topics on his online platforms. He is an enthusiastic reader and book collector, a musician, and spends much of his free time playing poker or snooker and sampling a variety of alcoholic beverages. He also, sometimes and rarely, works on his degree.