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Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. w i k i


Clark Adams (1969–2007): Prominent American freethought leader and activist.[1]
Jessica Ahlquist A Rhode Island teenager won a court battle to have a prayer banner removed from Cranston High School West and has that received a $40,000-plus scholarship from those who supported her efforts.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (born 1969): Dutch feminist and politician.[2][3]
Natalie Angier (born 1958): Nonfiction writer and science journalist for The New York Times; 1991 winner of Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.[4]
Dan Barker (born 1949): American atheist activist, current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, alongside his wife, Annie Laurie Gaylor.[5]
Walter Block (born 1941): Austrian School economist and neoliberal[6]
Peter Brearey (1939–1998): British secularist, socialist and journalist, Editor of The Freethinker from 1993 until his death.[7]
William Montgomery Brown (1855–1937): Episcopal bishop and Communist author.[8]
Richard Carlile (1790–1843): English activist. He was an important agitator for the establishment of universal suffrage and freedom of the press in the United Kingdom.[9]
Richard Carrier (born 1969): historian, philosopher, and atheist activist.[10]
Chapman Cohen (1868–1954): English freethought writer and lecturer, and an editor of The Freethinker and president of the National Secular Society.[11]
Richard Dawkins (born 1941): British biologist, author of The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil's Chaplain, The Ancestor's Tale, The Blind Watchmaker, The Extended Phenotype, River Out of Eden, and The Selfish Gene. Founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, a non–profit charitable organization that promotes critical thinking, science-based education, and evidence–based understanding of the world.[12] Richard Dawkins has produced several documentaries, including Root of all Evil? and Enemies of Reason.
Barry McGowan (born 1961): Author of How to Separate Church & State. Long-time atheist activist and former President and Vice-President of Freethought organizations, he is the creator and webmaster of[13] [14]
Margaret Downey (born 1950): an atheist activist who is a former President of Atheist Alliance International.[15]
Matt Dillahunty is the president of the Atheist Community of Austin, the host of the live internet radio show "Non-Prophets Radio" and of the Austin Public-access television cable TV show The Atheist Experience.[16] He is also the founder and contributor of the counter-apologetics encyclopedia Iron Chariots and its subsidiary sites.[17]
Joseph Edamaruku (1934–2006): Indian journalist, author, leader in the rationalist movement, and winner of the International Atheist Award in 1979.[18][19]
Sanal Edamaruku (born 1955): Indian rationalist, president of the Indian Rationalist Association.[20]
Reginald Vaughn Finley, Sr. (born 1974): ("The Infidel Guy"): Internet radio host and Podcaster in Atlanta, Georgia, co-founder of the Atheist Network and founder of[21]
David D. Friedman (born1945): capitalist writer.[22]
Annie Laurie Gaylor (born 1955): co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and, with her husband Dan Barker, is the current co-president.[23]
Emma Goldman (1869–1940): Lithuanian-born radical, known for her writings and speeches defending anarchist communism, feminism, and atheism.[24]
Gora (1902–1975): Indian atheist leader, co-founder with his wife of the Atheist Centre in Andhra Pradesh.[25]
Saraswathi Gora (1912–2006): Indian social activist, wife of Gora and leader of the Atheist Centre for many years, campaigning against untouchability and the caste system.[25]
John William Gott (1866–1922): English trouser salesman and leader of the Freethought Socialist League, the last person in Britain to be sent to prison for blasphemy.[26]
Che Guevara (1928–1967): Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician and author.[27]
E. Haldeman-Julius (1889–1951): American author, editor and publisher of the Little Blue Books series[28]
Erkki Hartikainen (born 1942): is a Finnish atheist activist. He is the chairman of the Atheist Association of Finland (Suomen Ateistiyhdistys) and former chairman of the Union of Freethinkers of Finland (Vapaa-ajattelijoiden liitto), the biggest atheistic association in Finland.[29]
George Holyoake (1817–1906): English secularist.[30] Holyoake was the last person in England to be imprisoned (in 1842) for being an atheist.[31] He coined the term "secularism" in 1846.[32]
Ellen Johnson: President of American Atheists, 1995-2008.[33]
Edwin Kagin (born 1940): lawyer, activist, founder of the Camp Quest secular summer camp, and American Atheists' Kentucky State Director.[34]
Paul Kurtz (1925-2012): Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, best known for his prominent role in the United States humanist and skeptical communities.[35]
Viktor Emanuel Lennstrand (1861–1895): leader of the Swedish Freethought movement in the 1880s and early 1890s.[36]
Joseph Lewis (1889–1968): American freethinker and atheist, president of Freethinkers of America 1920–1968.[37]
Hemant Mehta (born c.1983): Author of I Sold My Soul on eBay, chair of the Secular Student Alliance and author of the blog[38][39]
William L. Moore (1927–1963): Postal worker and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) member who staged lone protests against racial segregation. He was murdered on his final protest.[40]
Maryam Namazie (born 1963): A human rights activist, commentator and broadcaster. Namazie has served as the executive director of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees. She is spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain.[41]
Michael Newdow (born 1953): American physician and attorney, who sued a school district on the grounds that its requirement that children recite the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, containing the words "under God", breached the separation-of-church-and-state provision in the establishment clause of the United States Constitution.[42]
Michael Nugent (born 1961): Irish writer and activist, chairperson of Atheist Ireland.[43]
Madalyn Murray O'Hair (1919–1995): founder of American Atheists, campaigner for the separation of church and state; filed the lawsuit that led the US Supreme Court to ban teacher-led prayer and Bible reading in public schools.[44]
Robert L. Park (born 1931): scientist, University of Maryland professor of physics, and author of Voodoo Science and Superstition.[45]
Philip K. Paulson (1947–2006): American plaintiff in a series of law suits to remove a Christian cross from a prominent summit in the city of San Diego.[46]
Herman Philipse (born 1951), professor of philosophy at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and University of Oxford, United Kingdom, writer of Atheistisch manifest & De onredelijkheid van religie [47]
James Randi, (born 1928): magician, paranormal investigator, and founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation.[48]
A. Philip Randolph, (1889–1979): African-American civil rights leader.[49]
J. M. Robertson (1856–1933): Scottish journalist, advocate of rationalism and secularism, social reformer and Liberal Member of Parliament.[50]
Terry Sanderson (born 1946): British secularist and gay rights activist, author and journalist, President of the National Secular Society since 2006.[51]
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883–1966): Indian revolutionary freedom fighter, and Hindu nationalist leader.[52]
Ellery Schempp (born 1940): American physicist and church-state separation activist.[53]
Ariane Sherine (born 1980): English comedy writer and journalist. She created the UK version of the Atheist Bus Campaign, which ran in January 2009. She lives in London.
Charles Lee Smith (1887–1964): an atheist activist in the United States and an editor of the Truth Seeker until his death. He also founded the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism. Smith was arrested twice in 1928 for selling atheist literature and for blasphemy. Since he refused to swear an oath to God on the Bible, he was not allowed to testify in his own defense.[54]
Barbara Smoker (born 1923): British humanist activist and freethought advocate. Wrote the book Freethoughts: Atheism, Secularism, Humanism – Selected Egotistically from The Freethinker.[55]
Polly Toynbee (born 1946): British journalist, columnist for The Guardian.[56]
Nicolas Walter (1934–2000): British anarchist and atheist writer, speaker and activist."Mr Walter is a third-generation atheist, very proud that his grandparents, on both sides, shrugged off various forms of Protestantism. His father was W Grey Walter, the eminent neurologist, who often appeared on The Brains Trust. "He was a left-wing humanist and believed that science could solve everything." " Hunter Davies interviewing Walter, 'O come all ye faithless: Nicolas Walter, a militant atheist, sees no reason to celebrate Christmas. But he'll still be singing a carol or two', The Independent[57]
Keith Porteous Wood (born 1948): Executive Director, formerly General Secretary, of the National Secular Society in the United Kingdom.[58]

Other activists and educators

People who are/were activists or educators in other areas (social reform, feminism etc), but who were also atheists.

Pietro Acciarito (1871–1943): Italian anarchist activist who attempted to assassinate King Umberto I.[59]
Zackie Achmat (born 1962): South African anti-HIV/AIDS activist; founder of the Treatment Action Campaign.[60]
Baba Amte (1914–2008): Respected Indian social activist, known for his work with lepers.[61]
Julian Assange (born 1971): Australian publisher, journalist, media and internet entrepreneur, media critic, writer, computer programmer and political/internet activist. [62]
Deng Pufang (born 1944): Chinese handicap people's rights activist, first son of China's former Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping.[63]
Robert Ettinger (1918–2011): American academic, known as "the father of cryonics" because of the impact of his 1962 book The Prospect of Immortality.[64]
David D. Friedman (born 1945): Economist, law professor, novelist, and libertarian activist.[65]
E. Haldeman-Julius (1889–1951): American social reformer and publisher, most noted as the editor of Appeal to Reason newspaper.[66]
Abbie Hoffman (1936–1989): American political and social activist.[67]
Ted Kaczynski (born 1942): American mathematician, social critic, anarcho-primitivist, and Neo-Luddite activist. Also known as the "Unabomber". [68]
Franklin E. Kameny (born 1925): American gay rights activist and former astronomer.[69]
Peter Kropotkin (1842–1921): Russian anarchist communist activist and geographer, best known for his book, Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, which refutes social Darwinism.[70]
Taslima Nasrin (born 1962): Bangladeshi physician, writer, feminist human rights activist and secular humanist.[71]
Ingrid Newkirk (born 1949): British-born animal rights activist, author, and president and co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the world's largest animal rights organization.[72][73]
Ron Reagan (born 1958): American magazine journalist, board member of the politically activistic Creative Coalition, son of former U. S. President Ronald Reagan.[74]
Henry Stephens Salt (1851–1939): English writer and campaigner for social reform in the fields of prisons, schools, economic institutions and the treatment of animals, a noted anti-vivisectionist and pacifist, and a literary critic, biographer, classical scholar and naturalist, and the man who introduced Mahatma Gandhi to the influential works of Henry David Thoreau.[75]
Margaret Sanger (1879–1966): American birth-control activist, founder of the American Birth Control League, a forerunner to Planned Parenthood. The masthead motto of her newsletter, The Woman Rebel, read: "No Gods, No Masters".[76]
Rosika Schwimmer (1877–1948): Hungarian-born pacifist, feminist and female suffragist.[77]
Bhagat Singh (1907–1931): Indian revolutionary freedom fighter.[78]
Marie Souvestre (1830–1905): French headmistress, a feminist educator who sought to develop independent minds in young women.[79]
David Suzuki (born 1936): Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist.[80]
Jimmy Wales: co-founder of Wikipedia.[81]
John Anderson (1893–1962): Scottish-born Australian philosopher, founder of the empirical philosophy known as 'Sydney realism'.[1]
Hector Avalos (1958–): Mexican-American professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and author of several books about religion.[2]
A. J. Ayer (1910–1989): British philosopher and an advocate of logical positivism. Though technically he viewed the concept of God existing as meaningless, he was happy to call himself an atheist.[3][4]
Alain Badiou (1937–): French philosopher.[5]
Julian Baggini (1968–): British writer specialising in philosophy, author of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction.[6]
Mikhail Bakunin (1814–1876): Russian philosopher, writer and anarchist.[7]
Bruno Bauer (1809–1882): German philosopher, theologian and historian, the first propounder of the Jesus myth hypothesis.[8]
Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986): French author and existentialist philosopher. Beauvoir wrote novels and monographs on philosophy, politics, social issues and feminism.[9][10]
Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832): English author, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He is best known for his advocacy of utilitarianism.[11]
Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997), British social and political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas of Russian-Jewish origin, thought by many to be the dominant scholar of his generation.[12]
Simon Blackburn (1944–): British academic atheist philosopher known for his efforts to popularise philosophy.[13]
Célestin Bouglé (1870–1940): French philosopher known for his role as one of Émile Durkheim's collaborators and a member of the L'Année Sociologique.[14]
Yaron Brook (1961–): Israeli-born president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.[15]
Ludwig Büchner (1824–1899): German philosopher, physiologist and physician who became one of the exponents of 19th century scientific materialism.[16]
Gautama Buddha (c. 563–483 B.C.), A spiritual teacher from the Indian subcontinent, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.[17]
Rudolf Carnap (1891–1970): German philosopher who was active in central Europe before 1935 and in the United States thereafter. He was a leading member of the Vienna Circle and a prominent advocate of logical positivism.[18][19][20]
Robert Todd Carroll (1945–): American writer and academic, professor of philosophy at Sacramento City College until 1997, and keeper of the Skeptic's Dictionary website.[21]
David Chalmers (1966–): Australian philosopher of mind.[22]
Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya (1918–1993): Bengali Marxist philosopher.
Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1828–1889): Russian revolutionary democrat, materialist philosopher, critic, and socialist.[23]
Noam Chomsky (1928–): American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer, Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar.[24]
Auguste Comte (1798–1857): French positivist thinker, credited with coining the term "sociologie" ("sociology").[25][26]
André Comte-Sponville (1952–): French philosopher, author of L'Esprit de l'athéisme (2006) and The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality (2007).[27]
Marquis de Condorcet (1743–1794): French philosopher, mathematician, and early political scientist who devised the concept of a Condorcet method.[28]
Benedetto Croce (1886–1952): Italian philosopher and public figure.[29]
Donald Davidson (1917–2003): American philosopher.[30]
Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995): French philosopher of the late 20th century. From the early 1960s until his death, Deleuze wrote many influential works on philosophy, literature, film, and fine art.[31]
Democritus (460 BC–370 BC), Ancient Greek philosopher. He was an influential pre-Socratic philosopher and pupil of Leucippus, who formulated an atomic theory for the cosmos.[32]
Daniel Dennett (1942–): American philosopher, author of Breaking the Spell.[33]
Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (1809–1831): Anglo-Indian poet and teacher.[34]
John Dewey (1859–1952), American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer. His ideas have been influential in education and social reform.[35]
Diagoras of Melos (5th century BCE): Ancient Greek poet and sophist known as the Atheist of Milos, who declared that there were no Gods.[36]
Denis Diderot (1713–84): editor-in-chief of the Encyclopédie.[37]
Theodore Drange (1934–): Philosopher of religion and Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University. Drange authored Nonbelief & Evil: Two arguments for the nonexistence of God.[38]
Paul Edwards (1923–2004): Austrian-American moral philosopher and editor of The Encyclopedia of Philosophy.[39]
Fred Edwords (born 1948), longtime Humanist activist, currently national director of the United Coalition of Reason.[40]
Epicurus (341 BCE–270 BCE), Ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism.[41]
Dylan Evans (1966–): British philosopher, known for his work on emotion and the placebo effect.[42]
Fan Zhen (circa 450 – 515): Chinese philosopher remembered today for his treatise Shén Miè Lùn ("On the Annihilation of the Soul").[43]
Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach (1804–1872): German philosopher whose major work, The Essence of Christianity, maintains that religion and divinity are projections of human nature.[44]
Friedrich Karl Forberg (1770–1848): German philosopher and classical scholar.[45]
Michel Foucault (1926–1984) : French philosopher and social theorist famous for his influential analysis of power and discourse. He is best known for his revolutionary philosophical analyses of social institutions such as Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality.[46]
William Godwin (1756–1836): English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism, and the first modern proponent of anarchism.[47]
A. C. Grayling (1949–): British philosopher and author of, among others, Against All Gods: Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness.[48]
James Hall (born 1933) describes himself as an agnostic episcopalian. He says that he finds great beauty in the religious tradition, but is reluctant to "sign the dotted line" and agreeing with all theological doctrines.[49]
John Harris (1947–): British professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester, and member of the UK Human Genetics Commission.[50]
Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715–71): French philosopher whose ethical and social views helped shape the school of utilitarianism later made famous by Jeremy Bentham.[37]
Heraclitus (c. 535 BCE–c. 475 BCE): pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, a native of the Greek city Ephesus, Ionia, on the coast of Asia Minor. He was of distinguished parentage. Little is known about his early life and education, but he regarded himself as self-taught and a pioneer of wisdom. From the lonely life he led, and still more from the riddling nature of his philosophy and his contempt for humankind in general, he was called "The Obscure" and the "Weeping Philosopher".[51]
Baron d'Holbach (1723–1789): French philosopher and encyclopedist, most famous as being one of the first outspoken atheists in Europe.[52]
Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968): Russian-born French philosopher and statesman.[53]
Sidney Hook (1902–1989), American philosopher of the Pragmatist school known for his contributions to the philosophy of history, the philosophy of education, political theory, and ethics.[54]
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, known especially for his philosophical empiricism and scepticism. He was one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. Hume is often grouped with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others as a British Empiricist.[55]
Harold Innis (1894–1952), Canadian political philosopher and professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and the author of seminal works on media, communication theory and Canadian economic history.[56]
William James (1842–1910), American psychologist and philosopher. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism.[57][58]
Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), German philosopher. Best known for his work, Critique of Pure Reason.[59][60][61][62][63][64]
Anthony Kenny (born 1931), president of Royal Institute of Philosophy, wrote in his essay Why I'm not an atheist after justifying his agnostic position that "a claim to knowledge needs to be substantiated; ignorance need only be confessed."[65]
Corliss Lamont (1902–1995): American humanist and Marxist philosopher, and advocate of various left-wing and civil liberties causes.[66]
Laozi (604 BC?–???), Chinese philosopher. Best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching. His association with the Tao Te Ching has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism.[67][68]
David Kellogg Lewis (1941–2001): American philosopher. One of the leading thinkers of the second half of the 20th century.[69]
Peter Lipton (1954–2007): British philosopher, the Hans Rausing Professor and Head of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University until his unexpected death in November 2007. He was "one of the leading philosophers of science and epistemologists in the world."[70]
Lucretius (99 BC–55 BC): Roman poet and philosopher.[71]
Kazimierz Łyszczyński (1634–1689): Polish noble and philosopher, author of a philosophical treatise De non existentia Dei (On the Non-existence of God), condemned to death and executed for atheism.[72]
John Leslie Mackie (1917–1981): Australian philosopher who specialized in meta-ethics as a proponent of moral skepticism. Wrote The Miracle of Theism, discussing arguments for and against theism and concluding that theism is rationally untenable.[73]
Michael Martin (1932–): analytic philosopher and professor emeritus at Boston University, author of, amongst others, Atheism: A Philosophical Justification (1989) and The Impossibility of God (2003).[74]
Harriet Martineau (1802–1876): an English writer and philosopher, renowned in her day as a controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and lifelong feminist.[75]
Karl Marx (1818–1883): philosopher, political economist, sociologist, humanist, political theorist and revolutionary. Often called the father of communism, Marx was both a scholar and a political activist. In 1843, Karl Marx published Contribution to Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, in which he dealt more substantively with religion, describing it as "the opiate of the people".[76]
Colin McGinn (1950–): British philosopher and author, best known for his work in the philosophy of mind.[77]
Jean Meslier (1678–1733): French village Catholic priest who was found, on his death, to have written a book-length philosophical essay, entitled Common Sense but commonly referred to as Meslier's Testament, promoting atheism.[78][79]
Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709–51): French physician and philosopher, earliest materialist writer of the Enlightenment, claimed as a founder of cognitive science.[80][81]
John Stuart Mill (1806–1873): The famous philosopher declared his atheism, and that of his father, in a famous essay published posthumously.[82]
Nāgārjuna (ca. 150–250 CE) was an important Buddhist teacher and philosopher. Along with his disciple Āryadeva, he is credited with founding the Mādhyamaka school of Mahāyāna Buddhism.[83]
G. E. Moore (1873–1958), English philosopher. He was, with Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and (before them) Gottlob Frege, one of the founders of the analytic tradition in philosophy.[84]
Ted Nelson (1937–): American sociologist, philosopher, and pioneer of information technology. He coined the terms "hypertext" and "hypermedia" in 1963 and published them in 1965.[85]
Michael Neumann (1946–): American professor of philosophy at Trent University, noted for his work on utilitarianism, rationality and anti-Semitism.[86]
Kai Nielsen (1926–): adjunct professor of philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal and professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Calgary.[87]
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900): German philosopher whose Beyond Good and Evil sought to refute traditional notions of morality. Nietzsche penned a memorable secular statement of the Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence in Thus Spake Zarathustra and is forever associated with the phrase, "God is dead" (first seen in his book, The Gay Science).[88]
Piergiorgio Odifreddi (1950–): Italian mathematician and popular science writer.[89]
Michel Onfray (1958–): French philosopher, founder of Université populaire de Caen, and author of Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.[90][91]
Graham Oppy (1960–): Australian philosopher and Associate Dean of Research at Monash University, and Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. His main area of research is the philosophy of religion.[92]
Leonard Peikoff (1933–): an Objectivist philosopher, Ayn Rand's legal heir. He is a former professor of philosophy, a former radio talk show host, and founder of the Ayn Rand Institute.[93]
Herman Philipse (1951–): professor of philosophy at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Philipse has written many philosophical works in Dutch, including the widely-read Atheist Manifesto and the Unreasonableness of Religion (Atheistisch manifest & De onredelijkheid van religie).[94]
Karl R. Popper (1902–1994), philosopher of science, who promoted falsifiability as a necessary criterion of empirical statements in science.[95]
Costanzo Preve (1943–): Italian philosopher and a political theoretician.[96]
Protagoras, (died 420 BCE), Greek Sophist and first major Humanist, who wrote that the existence of the gods was unknowable.[97]
Pyrrho (360 BC–ca. 270 BC): Greek philosopher of classical antiquity, is credited as being the first Skeptic philosopher and the inspiration for the school known as Pyrrhonism, founded by Aenesidemus in the 1st century BC.[98][99]
Willard Van Orman Quine (1908–2000): American philosopher and logician.[100]
James Rachels (1941–2003): American philosopher who specialized in ethics.[101]
Ayn Rand (1905–1982): Russian-American founder of Objectivism and novelist.[15]
Jean-François Revel (1924–2006): French politician, journalist, author, prolific philosopher and member of the Académie française.[102]
Richard Rorty (1931–2007): American philosopher.[103]
Alex Rosenberg (1946–): Philosopher of science, author of The Atheist's Guide to Reality
Michael Ruse (1940–): English philosopher of science, known for his work on the argument between creationism and evolutionary biology.[104]
Bertrand Russell (1872–1970): British philosopher and mathematician. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950. Though he considered himself an agnostic in a purely philosophical context, he said that the label atheist conveyed a more accurate understanding of his views in a popular context.[105]
George Santayana (1863–1952): Philosopher in the naturalist and pragmatist traditions who called himself a "Catholic atheist."[106][107]
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980): French existentialist philosopher, dramatist and novelist who declared that he had been an atheist from age twelve.[108] Although he regarded God as a self-contradictory concept, he still thought of it as an ideal toward which people strive.[109] He rejected the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964. According to Sartre, his most-repeated summary of his existentialist philosophy, "Existence precedes essence," implies that humans must abandon traditional notions of having been designed by a divine creator.[110]
Moritz Schlick (1882–1936): German philosopher, physicist and the founding father of logical positivism and the Vienna Circle.[111]
Michael Schmidt-Salomon (1967–): German philosopher, author and former editor of MIZ (Contemporary Materials and Information: Political magazine for atheists and the irreligious)[112][113]
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860): Pessimistic German philosopher and author of the book The World as Will and Representation.[114][115][116][117][118]
John Searle (1932–): American philosopher, Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, widely noted for contributions to the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, and to social philosophy.[119]
Peter Singer (1946–): Australian utilitarian philosopher, proponent of animal rights, and Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University.[120]
George H. Smith (1949–): Libertarian philosopher, author and educator. Smith authored Atheism: The Case Against God.[121]
Quentin Smith (1952–): Philosopher and professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University. Smith co-authored the book Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology with William Lane Craig.[122]
Herbert Spencer (1820–1903), English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era.
Max Stirner (1806–1856): German philosopher, who ranks as one of the fathers of nihilism, existentialism, post-modernism and anarchism, especially of individualist anarchism. Stirner's main work is The Ego and Its Own.[123]
Theodorus the Atheist (lived around 300 BCE): Philosopher of the Cyrenaic school who taught that the goal of life was to obtain joy and avoid grief.[124]
Theophrastus (c. 371 BC – 287 BC): Greek philosopher. He was a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school.[125]
Lucilio Vanini (1585–1619), Italian philosopher.[126][127]
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820–1891), Indian Bengali polymath and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance.[128]
Sir Bernard Williams FBA (1929–2003): British philosopher, widely cited as the most important British moral philosopher of his time.[129]
Sherwin Wine (1928–2007): Founder of the non-theistic Society for Humanistic Judaism, who has also called himself an "ignostic".[130]
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951), Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He was professor in philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1939 until 1947. In his lifetime, he published just one book review, one article, a children's dictionary, and the 75-page Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921). In 1999, his posthumously published Philosophical Investigations (1953) was ranked as the most important book of 20th-century philosophy.[131][132][133][134]
Slavoj Žižek (1949–): Slovenian sociologist, postmodern philosopher, and cultural critic.[135]
Zhuangzi (369 BCE–286 BCE): influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BCE during the Warring States Period, a period corresponding to the philosophical summit of Chinese thought — the Hundred Schools of Thought, and is credited with writing—in part or in whole—a work known by his name, the Zhuangzi.
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This was written mainly for my online class, but I thought that maybe some others may find this useful.

I apologize before hand for grammar mistakes. =)

Several times now I have said that I have dug my mind out. Digging your mind out is a fishy term I’ve been using for quite some time now. It seems grotesque, peculiar, and strange, but it is the sole reason at which I draw or write. Drawing for me is not to draw well, not to brag, and not to be the best. It is purely to reach a place that only I have seen and deeply want to show you. My own little “world” within my mind. Every time I draw I get a little closer to that world. I see a little glimpse of it before it vanishes before my eyes. My theory is that every has one—a safe place within their subconscious begging to be opened—a place where you, your inner self, dwells ready with the imagination to take you to new places. It takes years of practice, but “digging your mind out”, as I call it, is the way to add personality to your piece and grow as a person.

Every person I have met is incredibly interesting. It intrigues me so much that I want to see what they see. However, some don’t know how to express themselves. Often people don’t know where to start. This is a common case even with incredibly successful artist. It’s hard to do, and that’s understandable. Each of us has our own way of expressing ourselves so I cannot cover all the basis, but I can tell you how I do it and what has carried me to where I am now.

First, think. Think about everything you are doing. Start doing it right now at your desk. Do It when you are eating or while you are watching TV. Think about you like and don’t like and why. It sounds funny, but we underestimate the power to think or use our subconscious to our advantage. Usually we float with the world around us, but what we don’t understand is why we float. We also don’t know why we sink and why we are different. It is not because of people. It is because of you and yourself. Now it is time to realize why you are different.

When I started to think about myself was probably about a year ago. My art had always been dark, but never progressed to the point it is now. I started to look at common traits in the things I watched or habits I did regularly. Such as, I draw alone. I don’t do it in my room or at my table. Never do I do it around people, not even to sketch. If I do, I find that I prefer it less than if I drew by myself. My favorite video games are Silent Hill 4 and Resident Evil. My favorite movies are The Matrix, The Jacket, and Wall-E. I will also go back and think about I am Legend even though the story didn’t grab me as much as other movies. My favorite TV show is Invader Zim and favorite comic is JTHM. My favorite colors to use are black and white. I also prefer to be in the dark part of my mind then my happy one. Now, looking at this, I had to wonder what qualities about each thing shares as a common interest. I had to THINK and think hard. Meditate I guess you could say. After years I came to the conclusion that everything I like consists of being alone, being the last person on earth or being the only person to be able to identify with myself. After realizing this, my images began to change. Most of my images only have one person in it or share the characteristic of deep personal fears or anxieties. As scary this thought was, it comforted me greatly. I find comfort in the darkness, and I have come to accept that. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the color of blood. It does not make me a killer, or an “emo” individual. It is me and there is an art in everything we do. Just because the media deems a subject as horrible or lame doesn’t make it that way. If you like Pokémon or Mario think to yourself why. Why do you like bright colors or being in a large crowd? Finding that out progresses you further within yourself, and will change the way you write or draw.

Fan art is an easy way to dig deeper. Your subconscious will snag onto a character and love it for whatever reason, and it is your job to investigate that. That’s a good thing, and there is nothing wrong with drawing a specific character. What you should do next is sit while you are drawing and wonder what characteristic or adore or share with that character. What is it about that character that makes you love him/her so much. Focus on that quality.

The best example of this for me is Johnny. All of my JTHM art is so personal I come close in times of wanting to take them off my websites. Currently I have another one in my portfolio which I have not inked or scanned. I most likely won’t scan that image because to me these art pieces are not just images. They are a part of my life. The first time I thought of Final Wish I was actually going to make Johnny crying. However, when I drew that image it didn’t feel right. Sitting there I thought more about more about the character and then suddenly an image came to mind of a boy laughing hysterically. He was laughing so hard that I felt myself wanting to laugh. It was an insane laughter. A laughter of someone mocking the world all the way until death. The image came to me over and over and over until it became so vivid that I could draw it on paper. When done, I still today imagine that image. I’ll imagine even myself doing that same laugh. This process that I just described to you is “digging your mind” or “slapping your brain on paper”. Now that I have that image drawn I can look at it and realize that I am looking right at my subconscious. I am getting a little closer to that world because of Johnny. And that my friend is not mere fan art. It is not a COPY of Jhonen Vasquez’s work. Johnny is me in that image and nothing less. Nothing more.

The same goes for any other image or character. Silenced Noise was just the same. I imagine the image so many times that I want to scream with him. I want to start crying, holding myself until the pain goes away. I am like Oliver in “Who me? Yes You.” with a devious smile. I am just like all of my characters that I have created. Every time I create a character I grow and mature a little more, and that is how you should see your art. The next time you draw or write remember what I’ve just told you.

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EDIT: Apparently hyenas aren't dogs. This blows my mind *laughs* Anywho, the point was that mutts would look like them in the sense that a common dog resembles all of its peers, like wolves, African Wild Dogs and Dingos do, if left to their own since Hyenas are morphologically similar to canines, the point is still valid.

OKAY...COMMENTS CLOSED NOW. It's been an hour since I made my last reply to the last comment sent to me, and I haven't gotten another I'm gonna go ahead and close this thing. Please be aware that there are only like...3 people total that ended up getting banned because of their arguments, and it was certainly not because of their beliefs. It was their manner. I've said it before and I'll say it again...believe whatever you want, but don't shove your faith down someone else's throat like it's fact. Faith and fact are not the same, and no matter how hard you think something is true, believing it won't make it so. Until you can find proof for your claims, they are little more than empty, soulless promises. So I close by saying "I respect the believer, but not the beliefs, and I can't, so long as a large chunk of those beliefs brainwash people into hating, discriminating, and devaluing other people who never once had the choice of being born into your favored place in existence."

UPDATE: Just a fair warning...I'm gonna close comments on this thing pretty soon cuz I'm spending far too much time reading and responding, and I'm not getting any work done. It's been awesome talking with some of you guys (frustrating as shit with others of you,) but I gotta finish my costume for Otakon XD

At the risk of pissing off a lot of people, I'm gonna post this. Normally I keep my views about this to myself but there's been a lot of Creationist stuff going around lately and my forehead is raw from the face-palming and head-desking I've been doing.

If you believe in God, that's cool, I'm not trying to tell you not to. However, your religious leaders are going out of their way to impose upon ALL PEOPLE their twisted views of how the universe came into being, and the morality rules of some Bronze Age goat-herders who believed lightning was God's wrath, and children could be sold into slavery. It is both detrimental and absurd.

So...yeah. Don't hate. Educate. Learn. Never take ONE source as the truth. There's a reason your school teachers and college professors REQUIRE you to cite several credible sources when you do research assignments. If you only use one source, and that source ends up being wrong or an outright lie, you can get yourself into a lot of trouble.

And no, the Bible doesn't count as multiple sources because it was written by multiple people. It has been heavily altered, mistranslated, changed, mistranslated again, applied falsely, and most of it, even before then, was heavily self-contradictory... The Sunni and Shia Muslims are killing each other because of a difference in translation of the Koran. The entire Protestant Bible is a heavily edited version of the Old Testament because King Henry VIII wanted a divorce that the Pope wouldn't give him. The Old Testament itself is a fucked up amalgamation of DOZENS of religions and pagan beliefs that predated it.

After all, if Emperor Nero had chosen Mithra-ism as the State Religion, everyone in America would believe in Mithra. I would still be an Atheist. The very reason you find all other religions on earth to be false is exactly why I know Christianity is. It's all a lie, perpetuated by superstition and the inferiority-complex of long-dead men who wanted to control even more inferior men (and women.) Sorry.

I'm hoping any comments added to this are civil. I feel, however, that many people will see this as an attack on their faith. To me, it's no different than telling a child that Santa Claus isn't real. The only difference is that God is the Santa Claus of adults and it's frightening that many are trying to dictate how others live their lives because of their 'faith.' Faith is not a virtue. It's a cancer.

EDIT: Really quick...if I don't respond to you, there's probably 2 reasons. 1, You're agreeing with me, or 2, I think you're too stupid to breathe. If I don't reply to your nonsense, it's not because I think you're's because you can't be reasoned with and I'm not going to try.

YET ANOTHER EDIT: [link] Here's a link to an article that describes how scientists created biological entities in the lab. They weren't insects and you could hardly call if 'living, breathing, motivated life' but RNA is an ancestor to DNA, and we all know what comes after that.
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Chances are you've seen or heard about U.S. troops in your country. Welcome to the new age; but soon, like every empire, Capitalist, Imperialist, or even Communist, they fall. They always fall. And the bigger they are... 

And it appears American has forgotten the quote form…

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ―Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President) 

If it keeps going the way it's going, yes Mr. Lincoln.  

“I think America is on the right track.”  ―Wayne Allard (U.S. Senator R-Colorado)   

What is the "right track"? The American Empire?    

“The United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins. The killers will fail, and the Iraqi people will live in freedom.”  ―George W. Bush (43rd U.S. President) 

Even-though Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks; ergo have never attack the U.S. (until the U.S. attack them (20 March 2003, which ended 15 December 2011, lasting EIGHT YEARS), then you can count in the "Iraqi Hostage Cyrus" in 2004.) We should have never gone into Iraq or Iran. We couldn't invade Saudi Arabia; they we're very good friends and practically family members of the Bushes. Now, Osama was hiding in Afghanistan; so we had to start their. And in the late 1990's, President Bill Clinton knew where Osama was hiding, but didn't strike. Clinton could have prevented 9/11 and the events that followed, but didn't. And no, we didn't know Osama was hiding in Pakistan, a few miles from a Military base until 2011. The saddest part about this whole "War on Terror" is not all the deaths; but the fact it could have been prevented and is some-what (I use that term loosely) going on.          

From Veterans of the Military -…

Military Numbers in our countries -…

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I decided to draw all official dreamworld pictures as lineart.
Check out my other lines if you want :)

They're for free use, so you can colour them, just follow this rules:

:bulletyellow: give me credit
:bulletyellow: leave a comment so I can see your finished colouration ^o^

Lineart © me.
Pokemon artwork © Ken Sugimori.
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I decided to draw all official dreamworld pictures as lineart.
Check out my other lines if you want :)

They're for free use, so you can colour them, just follow this rules:

:bulletorange: give me credit
:bulletorange: leave a comment so I can see your finished colouration ^o^

Lineart © me.
Pokemon artwork © Ken Sugimori.
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I decided to draw all official dreamworld pictures as lineart.
Check out my other lines if you want :)

They're for free use, so you can colour them, just follow this rules:

:bulletblue: give me credit
:bulletblue: leave a comment so I can see your finished colouration ^o^

Lineart © me.
Pokemon artwork © Ken Sugimori.
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