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