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ancientgear
10-17-2013, 01:56 AM
Hi everyone,

this is something that got stuck in my head when I was doing some mathematical history today. Who would you vote for being the smartest person in the history of man kind?

thanks, I look forward the variety of answers.

Undercover
10-17-2013, 02:13 AM
The Dos Equis guy?

(seriously, tho, i'm not sure)

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 02:17 AM
:ROFL:

No, me! Vote for me!

Undercover
10-17-2013, 02:20 AM
:ROFL:

No, me! Vote for me!

You were my next guess

Captcha
10-17-2013, 02:22 AM
How are you defining "smart"?

I'm not a big fan of the multiple intelligences idea, but I do think there are a lot of different ways to define even just the original kind of intelligence.

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 02:23 AM
You were my next guess


hahahahahaha!

J.S.F.
10-17-2013, 02:26 AM
I'm smart enough not to cast a vote because I know the answer would be...


...wait for it...




































...ME!


And the answer is forty-two.

You're welcome.

:D

ancientgear
10-17-2013, 02:28 AM
I mean smart as in with the highest IQ

cornflake
10-17-2013, 02:32 AM
I mean smart as in with the highest IQ

Well, how would that work though? First, we'd have to decide which IQ test we're talking about or at least come up with some kind of norm or standard to measure different ones against.

Second, and more of an issue, IQ testing has been around less than a century. Humankind has been around more than a century.

ancientgear
10-17-2013, 02:35 AM
Ok the one has done the greatest contribution to the advance of man kind, along the line of da Vinci or Plato...or...you decide, I just want to see what people come up with. :)

Xelebes
10-17-2013, 02:38 AM
Richard Rothwit of Windyville, Arizona

From a town of one, apparently.

Undercover
10-17-2013, 02:50 AM
I'm smart enough not to cast a vote because I know the answer would be...


...wait for it...




































...ME!


And the answer is forty-two.

You're welcome.

:D



Gee, that's funny. I had you on the list at 29

J.S.F.
10-17-2013, 02:54 AM
Gee, that's funny. I had you on the list at 29

---

Gee, that's even funnier. You didn't even make my list!

:D

Okay, you were number 30. And you are ALL still welcome!

Gravity
10-17-2013, 02:54 AM
Copernicus.

Or maybe that ShamWow guy.

J.S.F.
10-17-2013, 03:06 AM
Okay, maybe it was that DaVinky guy or Einstein who talked about relatives and all that.

Personally, I'm still gonna go with....moi.

Now REP ME!

:D

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 03:26 AM
Uh, okay. Seriously.

Jim Henson.

Undercover
10-17-2013, 03:34 AM
---

Gee, that's even funnier. You didn't even make my list!

:D

Okay, you were number 30. And you are ALL still welcome!

WTF JSF? What? No TLC? IDK 'bout U, man! You need to be TKO'd

Now you're 31

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 03:47 AM
tsk.

bickering.

tsk.

Undercover
10-17-2013, 03:52 AM
tsk.

bickering.

tsk.

Don't worry Ky, you're still number 2.

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 03:57 AM
Don't worry Ky, you're still number 2.


*splutter*

Well, if Jim Henson is number 1, then, I guess....

SWest
10-17-2013, 04:06 AM
:idea:

One plus one is hardly ever two...so I'm crossing off all the "maths" people...

Ken
10-17-2013, 04:08 AM
... from another recent thread on AW:


SF author Catherine Asaro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Asaro).

Remain in awe :-O
Not sure if she's the smartest.
But she is undoubtedly on the list.
Sure must be neat to be that smart.

Vito
10-17-2013, 04:15 AM
The person who invented that whole "size doesn't matter" concept gets my vote.

Undercover
10-17-2013, 04:17 AM
Anybody that can answer every question in Cash Cab is up there I think.

Caitlin Black
10-17-2013, 04:24 AM
Whoever it was who first realised what coffee beans were for, I'd say. I'm certain that most of the people who have made the big discoveries have been caffeinated at crucial moments. By the transitive property, the person who introduced coffee to the world must own the other geniuses' discoveries.

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 04:27 AM
"By the transitive property" is it?

Then, the mother of the person who introduced coffee trumps all.

SWest
10-17-2013, 04:42 AM
And then her mother...

:D

Stlight
10-17-2013, 04:58 AM
The first person to eat a lobster. No, wait that would be the bravest person or the most desperate.

I vote for Kylabella. There, Kyla, you're number one again.

Vote for DaVinci for second place, which will annoy him. Actually being involved in such a human contest will annoy him no matter where he places in it.

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 05:11 AM
Oh dear, I don't know if I can handle the responsibility!

Is there a crown and stuff? I don't look good in those.

Vito
10-17-2013, 05:14 AM
I vote for Kylabella.

Kylabella is Kylabelle's Italian evil twin.

Actually both of 'em are evil, probably. :tongue

;)

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 05:16 AM
*Eeeeeep!*

Another one????????

GAH!!!!!!!!!

Vito
10-17-2013, 05:19 AM
*Eeeeeep!*

Another one????????

GAH!!!!!!!!!

You forgot the GAAH emoticon: :gaah

Kylabelle
10-17-2013, 05:24 AM
So I did. That makes you smarter than me. You're now number one!

SWest
10-17-2013, 05:30 AM
*moves Vito's Mom to top of leader board*

Undercover
10-17-2013, 05:48 AM
Kylabella is Kylabelle's Italian evil twin.

Actually both of 'em are evil, probably. :tongue

;)

And both are the smartest in the history of man kind...

Vito
10-17-2013, 05:49 AM
So I did. That makes you smarter than me. You're now number one!
:gaah

Vito
10-17-2013, 05:52 AM
*moves Vito's Mom to top of leader board*

Yes! :Thumbs:

benbradley
10-17-2013, 06:00 AM
I have a serious answer - this guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=danYFxGnFxQ
No, not Neil, though he's no slouch either. I mean the guy he's talking about. Isaac Newton.

There's more in this book, I think more on Newton than any other person the book mentions, and even then the book is clear that only a small part of what he did is discussed in the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Journey-through-Genius-Theorems-Mathematics/dp/014014739X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
I also have a review of the book there.

Ok the one has done the greatest contribution to the advance of man kind, along the line of da Vinci or Plato...or...you decide, I just want to see what people come up with. :)
By that measure, it might be Gutenberg (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Gutenberg):

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He might not have been as smart as Newton, but the invention of the printing press has a reach that's about as far and wide as anything I could imagine.


The Internet/Web/smartphone are far and wide reaching, but they've only been around for a very short time compared to mass-produced books.


I'm not sure your motive with asking the question and how "serious" answers you want - Office Party threads tend to be less than fully serious (not that there's anything wrong with that), but maybe Story Research might have been a better place if you wanted serious responses.

jjdebenedictis
10-17-2013, 06:13 AM
Nikola Tesla!

Asexual, bad-ass, possibly-mad scientist--and my imaginary (albeit platonic) boyfriend. **swoon**

Caitlin Black
10-17-2013, 07:06 AM
And he had a lightning attack tower named after him in Red Alert! (Tesla Coils for the win! :D)

KellyAssauer
10-17-2013, 07:26 AM
What about the smartest person in the history of woman kind?

Oh.

Yeah.

Guess that's still Kylabelle.

Nevermind...

Kerosene
10-17-2013, 07:39 AM
Isaac Newton.

There's a three way tie of the highest IQ (both recorded and theorized) between Newton, Hawking, and Einstein.

Newton was an amazing genius through and through.
His book Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica is required to be in every Nevada high school libraries. The bible is the second. I tried reading it, and my brain just wanted to kick me for putting it through such a hell. Dense, dense, dense written mathematics. Me no likey.


Nikola Tesla!

Asexual, bad-ass, possibly-mad scientist--and my imaginary (albeit platonic) boyfriend. **swoon**

I think you're too late, he loved a pigeon more than anyone else in the world. Still, he was an absolutely brilliant person who was also absolutely insane. We're still figuring out things he had working over a hundred years ago.


My vote: Hawking.

Susie
10-17-2013, 08:10 AM
I vote for Kyla 'n she'll vote for meh. Ok, Thomas Edison was smart too. :)

jjdebenedictis
10-17-2013, 08:23 AM
Thomas Edison was smart too. :)Ahem. Tesla was smarter. (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla)

benbradley
10-17-2013, 08:45 AM
Nikola Tesla!

Asexual, bad-ass, possibly-mad scientist--and my imaginary (albeit platonic) boyfriend. **swoon**
And there are more conspiracy theories and overblown claims about what he did (beyond the many great things he DID do) than for President Kennedy.

You should enjoy this song. :)
http://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/track/nikola-tesla

ancientgear
10-17-2013, 12:15 PM
I have a serious answer - this guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=danYFxGnFxQ
No, not Neil, though he's no slouch either. I mean the guy he's talking about. Isaac Newton.

There's more in this book, I think more on Newton than any other person the book mentions, and even then the book is clear that only a small part of what he did is discussed in the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Journey-through-Genius-Theorems-Mathematics/dp/014014739X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
I also have a review of the book there.

By that measure, it might be Gutenberg (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Gutenberg):

He might not have been as smart as Newton, but the invention of the printing press has a reach that's about as far and wide as anything I could imagine.


The Internet/Web/smartphone are far and wide reaching, but they've only been around for a very short time compared to mass-produced books.


I'm not sure your motive with asking the question and how "serious" answers you want - Office Party threads tend to be less than fully serious (not that there's anything wrong with that), but maybe Story Research might have been a better place if you wanted serious responses.


It's not story research or anything, I just thought it would be a fun thread to start and see what kind of debates take place. Because I am my last year of school and I realised that even after so many years of doing maths and physics I probably still know less than someone like Pythagoras, Aristotle or Archamedis etc, you get the picture, dispite the fact that they all lived thausands of years ago.

Putputt
10-17-2013, 12:28 PM
The person who invented that whole "size doesn't matter" concept gets my vote.

Lol, I was thinking that dude who invented the whole "cum is good for your skin, ladies" concept.

Caitlin Black
10-17-2013, 01:13 PM
If those chemicals are indeed good for you skin, then surely size *does* matter. Right?

It's like the uncertainty principle - two variables that are dependent on each other, and which we can't know both exactly precisely at the same time.

See? Physics is sexy! Now hold still while I calculate air resistance...

Caitlin Black
10-17-2013, 01:13 PM
*gets banned*

ancientgear
10-17-2013, 01:23 PM
If those chemicals are indeed good for you skin, then surely size *does* matter. Right?

It's like the uncertainty principle - two variables that are dependent on each other, and which we can't know both exactly precisely at the same time.

See? Physics is sexy! Now hold still while I calculate air resistance...

LOL

Ken
10-17-2013, 02:25 PM
Nikola Tesla!

... "the man who tamed Niagara." :Hail:

Also made an operational submarine,
while in elementary school !

Undercover
10-17-2013, 03:19 PM
I'm getting smarter just reading this thread. That should move me up a notch or two right?

Lavern08
10-17-2013, 05:23 PM
I'd like to buy a vowel, please.

Vito
10-17-2013, 07:12 PM
Lol, I was thinking that dude who invented the whole "cum is good for your skin, ladies" concept.

:o :o :o

Siri Kirpal
10-17-2013, 09:53 PM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Either the first person to figure out how to eat an artichoke...or the first person to realize that men are less than half of humankind.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

Rockem Sockem Robot
10-28-2013, 12:28 AM
I mean smart as in with the highest IQ

That test isn't representative of comprehensive intelligence and it's quite easy to skew the data in your favor when taking it.

Kylabelle
10-28-2013, 12:54 AM
Okay, even given that IQ tests are very limited in many ways, with that clarification of the OP's question I am going to nominate the living philosopher Ken Wilbur for the "title". (Or is is Wilber? Can't ever remember, too lazy to look it up.)

Or maybe his mama.

Or yo mama.

:D

Rockem Sockem Robot
10-28-2013, 01:09 AM
Remain in awe :-O
Not sure if she's the smartest.
But she is undoubtedly on the list.
Sure must be neat to be that smart.

Damn, I'm gonna hafta read her. And then maybe break her and husband up and seduce her.