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Today marks the beginning of my Slide-A-Day Project for 2014. Each day I will post a slide. Some will be experiments with design, some tutorials, some will be slide makeovers, some … well, we’ll just have to wait and see where this goes. Basically I am setting out to make communication, education, and presentations better one slide at a time.

This first slide has sort of a calendar cover feel to it and I added a few words that I think are important to the coming year. Purpose in part because I think much of the work I will be doing this year is about trying to get people to use technologies more purposefully. Presentations because they are a ubiquitous part of business and academic communication and because there is a lot of room for improvement. PLEs or personal learning networks are becoming ever more important as the rate of change increases and each of us has to stay agile and ready to tackle whatever comes next. Photography because I enjoy capturing the world around me not only in words but in pictures. And finally, Pink because I will be attempting to raise enough funds throughout the year to participate in Avon’s Breast Cancer Walk next October here in NYC.

I think this is going to be an exciting and educational experience. I welcome your questions, comments and suggestions for slides you would like to see. 

Many famous people and scientists who are Atheists or Agnostics

I find it very interesting when looking at the various lists of famous people and scientists who are atheists or agnostics. It certainly shows that atheists do not lack any form of intelligence or talent. Atheists also cannot be labelled as being evil people or unprincipled people.

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. Atheism is acceptable within some religious and spiritual belief systems, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Raelism, and Neopagan movements such as Wicca. By extension Atheists do not believe in Satan or the Devil.
Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of God, as well as other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown or unknowable.
Theism is the belief that at least one deity exists.

The names below are all atheists that that many people admire from around the world:
Douglas Adams - British writer who wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Isaac Asimov - American author and professor of biochemistry
Sir Arthur C. Clarke - British scientist and science-fiction author
Joseph Conrad - Polish novelist
E. M. Forster - English novelist
Billy Joel - Musician
Bill Gates - founded Microsoft
Mark Zuckerberg - founded Facebook
Jack Nicholson - Actor
Sir Richard Branson - an English business magnate and humanitarian
Bill Bryson - Author
Linus Torvalds - a Finnish American software engineer developed Linux kernel
Richard Stallman - software freedom activist and computer programmer
Steve Wozniak - Cofounder of Apple
Alan Turing - The Turing Award, often recognized as the “Nobel Prize of computing”, is named after him
Sir Clive Sinclair - British entrepreneur and inventor of the world’s first ‘slim-line’ electronic pocket calculator and early personal computers
Brad Pitt - Actor
Stephen Fry - British author, actor and television personality
Hugh Laurie - English actor, comedian and writer
Graham Greene - English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenwriter, travel writer and critic
Stieg Larsson - Swedish journalist, author of the Millennium Trilogy
Terry Pratchett - English fantasy author known for his satirical _Discworld_ series
Salman Rushdie - British Indian author, notable for _The Satanic Verses_
George Bernard Shaw - Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics
Robert Louis Stevenson - Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer
Virginia Woolf - English author, essayist, publisher, and writer
Albert Einstein - Scientist
Stephen Hawking - arguably the world’s pre-eminent scientist
Richard Feynman - Nobel Prize in Physics
Sir Bertrand Russell - World-Renowned Philosopher, Nobel Laureate
Sigmund Freud - the father of psychoanalysis
Alfred Nobel - created the Nobel Prizes
Carl Sagan - World-Renowned Astronomer
Sir David Attenborough - World-Renowned Broadcaster and Naturalist
Daniel Dennett - Tufts Professor of Philosophy
Angelina Jolie - Actress
Ricky Gervais - Comedian
Ben Elton - English comedian, writer and director
Eddie Izzard - English stand-up comedian and actor
Daniel Ratcliffe - Actor
Sir Ian McKellen - Actor
Sir Bob Geldof - an Irish singer-songwriter, author, occasional actor and political activist
Jodie Foster - Actress
Lance Armstrong - Cyclist
Rafael Nadal - Tennis champion
Keanu Reeves - Actor
Billy Connolly - Scottish comedian, musician and presenter
James Cameron - Director
Richard Dawkins - more Agnostic than Atheist
Bruce Lee - Martial Artist
Sir Mick Jagger - Musician
John Lennon - Musician
Mark Twain - Author
Katharine Hepburn - Actress
Gene Wilder - American actor
Emma Thompson - English actress, comedian, and screenwriter
John Malkovich - Actor
Kevin Bacon - American film and theater actor
Peter Fonda - American actor
Tony Hancock - British actor and comedian
Eric Idle - British comedian
Larry King - American radio and television host
Sir Noël Coward - English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music
Jeremy Clarkson - English journalist and broadcaster
Woody Allen - American film director, writer, actor, comedian, and playwright
Frank Zappa - Musician
Vincent van Gogh - Dutch post-Impressionist painter
Alex Erwin - South African politician
Bob Woolmer - English international cricketer, professional cricket coach and commentator
Nadine Gordimer - South African anti-Apartheid political activist
Yitzhak Rabin - Israeli politician, statesman and general. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Israel
Julia Gillard - Prime Minister of Australia 2010-2013
Clement Attlee - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951, under whose government the National Health Service and Welfare State were established
Allan Pinkerton - Scottish-born American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton Agency

Sources:
http://www.michaelnugent.com/best/famous-atheists/
Top 20 Famous Atheists & Agnostics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_atheists_in_science_and_technology
http://www.rantlifestyle.com/2014/01/01/famous-atheistsagnostics/#slide1
50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1)
Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 2)
A Further 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 3)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnosticism
http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismmyths/a/AtheismSatan.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_atheists

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