John Brockman is an American author and also a literary agent to many of the most prominent public intellectuals in the world. He is most famous for creating the Edge Foundation, an organization of top science and technology intellectuals who engage each other in public discussions at www.edge.org. Its motto is, “To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.” 
"I mean I don't believe: I'm sure there's no God. I'm sure there's no afterlife. But don't call me an atheist. It's like a losers' club. When I hear the word atheist, I think of some crummy motel where they're having a function and these people have nowhere else to go. That's what it means in America. In the UK it's very different."