In acronyms, DN is short for "Dawkins number", a 1-7 number (in original Dawkins 2006 formulation) or 1-10 number (in extended Thims 2009 formulation), or numbers in the range … -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 …16+ (in some recent answers), on the so-called Dawkins scale, invented by Richard Dawkins, in his The God Delusion (2006), and employed in Hmolpedia biographies, beginning in circa 2010, as shorthand to quickly note a person’s religious belief system or belief state outlook, as to the question of the existence of god or the "hypothesis of god" as Pierre Laplace (1802) referred to it.

The notation Paul Dirac (DN=7), e.g., signifies that, based on his published views and statements on the hypothesis of god, Dirac was Dawkins # 7 atheist, at best approximation. The notation Mirza Beg (DN=1), with his mentions of Muhammad the “Prophet (b.p.u.h.)” and statements such as may “Allah bless his soul” in his book dedications, signifies that Beg is a Dawkins #1 theist in religious outlook.

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