The Foundation Team
Daniel R. Hansen
Founder and Executive Director
Dan Hansen launched The Ingersoll Foundation based on deep concerns about the potential neurological, mental health and ethical consequences of long-term and frequently and robustly reinforced presentation to young children of claims of fact base that lack any objective evidence of their veracity.
(Profiles of other Ingersoll Foundation team members are in development and will appear here soon.)
Dan directs the activities necessary for the establishment of The Foundation including addressing its strategy, organization, mission, communication and message, establishment as a tax-exempt charitable corporation and any other matters that arise in the course of its development.
His concerns include the ethics of the repeated presentation of such claims by influential adult authority figures, to vulnerable children, before may of them have developed the skills and self-assurance to question such claims and the potential for acceptance of such claims to result in the suppression of some aspects of critical thinking in other matters, the persistence of these childhood teachings into adulthood and the possibility that negative neurological effects may result from acceptance of these claims. He is particularly interested in research that could reveal whether or not there are differences in brain activity between in individuals who were exposed to such claims in childhood versus those who were not.
Dan holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Russian Language and Zoology, including studies in cellular and developmental biology, neurophysiology and endocrinology. He currently resides in Palatine, Illinois.