I’m Donald Iain. This is me and my lovely girlfriend.
I’m from a tiny little island called Eriskay at the edge of nowhere (i.e. Scotland). It’s officially the most Catholic place in Britain, but I grew out of the Church after reading His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
I believe that because there is so little evidence for God we must, as we do for unicorns, dragons and flying teapots, simply assume he doesn’t exist. I also believe that neuroscience can account for human’s sense of morality as an evolved instinct.
I’m a fluent speaker of Scottish Gaelic and a wannabe bard.
This year I’m off to Oxford University to read Neuroscience. I want to become a working scientist when I graduate, but I also love to write so I want to write good pop science books (and maybe history books) too.
I blog on Neuroscience, moral philosophy, atheism, language and linguistics, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary theory, Gaelic, history, bioanthropology, His Dark Materials, Mortal Engines and steampunk.
I’m happy to answer questions on any of those topics - I always make the effort to provide a nice long answer
Donald, thank you for your submission and all of the awesome work you are doing! Cheers to you and your lady friend.
Faces of Atheism is a project to challenge perceptions. It’s about showing that atheist are people too with loves, hopes and fears - and morals too. In the USA atheists (along with rapists) are the most distrusted people in the country. In Britain we don’t have to do deal with anything like that, but it’s still worth following the link below as there are some really interesting people on the blog. And hey, we have to show solidarity! You can submit a photo of yourself with a few words explaining your atheism at: