Distinguished Supporters

We are very pleased that the distinguished people profiled on this page have been some of the first to give their support to Atheism UK and what we are trying to achieve.

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Susan Blackmore is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth.

Sue blogs for the Guardian and Psychology Today, and often appears on radio and  television. Her book The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 15 other languages (currently available in our shop). More recent publications can be found here.

Darrel Ray is author of several books including his latest, The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture (also available in our shop). He has been a psychologist for over 30 years, practicing counseling and clinical psychology for 10 years then moved into organizational psychology and consulting. He has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a MA degree in religion as well as a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and a Doctorate in psychology. In early 2009, he founded the rapidly growing movement – Recovering from Religion.

PZ Myers is a professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) and the author of the world-famous science blog Pharyngula. In 2006, the journal Nature listed his blog, Pharyngula, as the top-ranked blog written by a scientist. He works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology, and also has an interest in cephalopods. He has published numerous research papers in Nature and other notable scientific journals. PZ is a public critic of intelligent design (ID) and of the creationist movement in general, and is an activist in the American creation–evolution controversy. He is widely regarded as a confrontationalist.

Maryam Namazie is a campaigner, commentator and broadcaster. She is the Spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

Maryam is a National Secular Society Honorary Associate and the NSS’ 2005 Secularist of the Year award winner. Her blog has been rated one of the top 100 atheist blogs and she was selected one of the top 45 women of the year 2007 by Elle magazine Quebec.
Other campaigns she has worked on include preventing stonings and executions in Islamist societies, opposing the veiling of children, opposing Sharia or religious laws, defending the banning of religious symbols from schools and public institutions, opposing the incitement to religious hatred bill in the UK and calling for secularism and the de-religionisation of society not only in Iran but in Britain and elsewhere.

Alex Rosenberg is professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA. He is the author of 14 books and more than 200 papers on the philosophy of the sciences, a winner of the Lakatos Award from the London School of Economics (LSE) for contributions to the philosophy of science, has been a lecturer in the faculty of philosophy at Oxford University, and is the author of “The Atheist’s Guide to Reality” (available in our shop)
Alex says: “Atheism UK makes an important contribution to the defense of public discourse against obscurantism, mystery-mongering and hypocrisy. Atheists in the United States envy the strong secular culture of the United Kingdom and the institutions that sustain it. But we also recognize that reason must persistently prevent the tide of wishful thinking and pious sanctimony from lapping at our feet. That’s what makes the work of Atheism UK so important.”