Clinton Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is known for his books The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype and The God Delusion. He is also known for coining the word "meme" in 1976, although the word is most commonly used to describe internet memes of today. ...read more.
One just has to admire his patience when he is arguing with all those stupid believers. Pretty much everyone else would just give up.
I am glad this guy is 1! Great guy.
EVERYONE should read his books.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.
The one guy who told us the truth that "God is dead".
His thoughts are deep and he is very radical
Greatest mind of all time
Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 14, 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
I read somewhere that he was an inspiration to so many atheists. Great job and RIP Stephen Hawking. He was such a great scientist and we need more minds like him.
Greatest mind of the century.
He recently stated publicly that he is indeed an atheist.
Smartest man alive, definitely an Atheist. Religion would kill too many brain cells
Christopher Eric Hitchens was a British-American author, columnist, essayist, orator, journalist, and social critic.
I'm actually a very religious person, but I respect Christopher Hitchens. While I disagree with him, he is an incredible orator. He's quick, witty, funny, and just plain likable. And his arguments tend to be a little more creative. A teenage YouTube atheist could fill in Dawkins's shoes in a debate and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference because he has nothing interesting to say.
His political views might have been terrible but his way of representing atheists is something that millions of us will always love him for. Thank you Hitchens you are always missed.
I'm a huge fan of Dawkins but Hitchens was a way better debater.
Best atheist orator of all time
George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects.
Best person to ever live
He is god.
Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.
In my opinion Carl is the smartest person ever to live.
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.
Phenomenal debator, always reasonable and to the point.
One of the best debators on the list. Should be top 10!
The best rational debater, his backyard diamond analogy is fantastic.
I can watch him on YouTube for hours.
The man is a genius.
He is rational.
Laconic as he is, he can run circles in any theist debate.
He should tie with Dawkins
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
Thank you for dumbing things down enough for me. I think you are wonderful for explaining science to us less educated. I love science, but hate school.
Not only that, you have a great personality.
"Does it mean, if you don’t understand something, and the community of physicists don’t understand it, that means God did it?... If that’s how you want to invoke your evidence for God, then God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on."
Source - The Moon, the Tides & why Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Colbert's God
Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
Simply the most intelligent human being on this planet.
DarkMatter2525 is an atheist YouTuber who is known for making animations that mainly poke fun at fundamentalist religious views.
William "Bill" Maher is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, media critic, and television host.
I don't agree with some of his political views, but he is pretty funny and smart
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.
He should be higher, at least in the top ten
William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer.
As a knowledgeable scientist, he can shut up any creationist in 5 minutes (Ken Ham)
This guy had (won) a debate with Ken Ham
Bill Nye is pretty awesome.
John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali