are you an atheist scientist?
It is an interesting question. As an archaeologist/anthropologist, I have studied the religions of many cultures and have looked for the signs of believe systems in the archaeological context. I have also spent time in the wilderness alone under the vastness of the sky. I have been in places where the Milky Way has lit my path in the middle of the night. To say that I am an atheist would be a false statement, to say that I am an agnostic would be a more true statement in that I am not going to deny that there is a higher power but since I can not touch, hear or see it does not mean that something doesn't exist.
It is like the saying that because a person is paranoid doesn't mean that someone isn't after them.
I believe that humans need a believe system to help them maintain an order to their lives. IF this belief system includes a higher being then so be it. It is neither right nor wrong to have a belief in a higher being or spirit or "way of life", It is however, how it is expressed to others, that can make a difference. Always be sensitive to the belief system of others and be accepting of the fact that others do have a belief system.
I do not argue with others about their system and when others desire to "debate" the subject, I remind them that for each person the belief in a higher being is an intensely personal one and can not nor should not be a matter of debate. I accept that every one should and does have the right to their own thoughts.
I hope that this helps you.