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Who are the most significant people ever?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:00 PM

Leaders of men, great thinkers, tyrants - these are the figures who have shaped our world. But whose contribution is the most significant?

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:08 PM

I would put Karl Marx above Adolph Hitler as his influence was more pervasive and lasted longer. Also put John Locke ahead of the American founding fathers as the country was based on his ideas. Plato should be on the list as both Christianity and Judaism are forms of Neoplatonism. Christianity, especially, shows its influence. Galileo deserves a place for initiating modern science.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:42 PM

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Oh I give up...I really do!

First, my Knighthood's got lost in the post, then the flippin' Pope pulls divine strings to get himself voted Person of the Year in front of me, now I discover I didn't even make the short list for the accolade of 'Your Friendly, Neighbourhood Tyrant!'

I'm gonna sulk down the pub!

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:48 PM

Jesus Christ without a doubt.

Martin Luther King Jr. One of the most significant individuals to ever live. Wish he was still alive.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:57 PM

View Postealdwita, on 11 December 2013 - 06:42 PM, said:

Oh I give up...I really do!

First, my Knighthood's got lost in the post, then the flippin' Pope pulls divine strings to get himself voted Person of the Year in front of me, now I discover I didn't even make the short list for the accolade of 'Your Friendly, Neighbourhood Tyrant!'

I'm gonna sulk down the pub!

Looks like we will have to wait for our Knighthood and settle for the MID’s…

Get one in for me while you’re there and a nice Whiskey chaser..I will be an hour behind you, and no doubt several drinks by then! :tu:

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:07 PM

View Postealdwita, on 11 December 2013 - 06:42 PM, said:

Oh I give up...I really do!

First, my Knighthood's got lost in the post, then the flippin' Pope pulls divine strings to get himself voted Person of the Year in front of me, now I discover I didn't even make the short list for the accolade of 'Your Friendly, Neighbourhood Tyrant!'

I'm gonna sulk down the pub!

My wife offered to crown me several times... So I guess I'm ahead of you on that score...

And I am currently running for World Emperor, on a platform of "Hey I can't possibly be worse than these clowns"... My political party
has recently doubled in size, after the drunk in the pub last night agreed with my booze befuddled ramblings - so we are the fastest growning political party in the US (200%!)....

Edited by Taun, 11 December 2013 - 07:08 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:21 PM

I say no body is significant or everybody is significant, depending on your point of view.

edit for: I would not have guessed Shakespear would be in the top ten but I can't disagree with that pick.

Edited by OverSword, 11 December 2013 - 07:24 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:39 PM

Miley Cyrus.

View Postflbrnt, on 11 December 2013 - 06:08 PM, said:

I would put Karl Marx above Adolph Hitler as his influence was more pervasive and lasted longer.
As you can see, he's pleased about that.

If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.

- Philip K. Dick.


#9    Otto von Pickelhaube

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:43 PM

"authors Steven Skiena and Charles War have ordered the most influential based primarily on Wikipedia pages - looking at the length of individual entries, how many times an entry has been viewed, how many sites link to an entry and how rich an entry's references section is"

Using the length of one's Wikipedia entry as the criterion sounds a really scientific method. :unsure2: What next? The number of views on YouTube?

If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.

- Philip K. Dick.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:45 PM

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:10 AM

God knows. First fire user, first stone chipper, first scribe, the guy who came up with the concept of the zero... It's nobody we can name. The people we can name are basically froth on a very deep sea.

Edited by PersonFromPorlock, 12 December 2013 - 02:11 AM.


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:21 AM

ok, they need to re-title that list to "the people who have been written about a lot". seriously, that is not necessarily a good gauge of significance. i'd have liked to see good old charlie darwin on there, at any rate. also the person who invented the belgian waffle.


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:37 AM

Clearly Darwin was the most influential of the nineteenth century and I suppose Einstein or one of the founders of quantum mechanics for the twentieth.

Scientists don't get the fame the enduring importance of their activity warrants.  Political figures tend to be seen above them, but what they do is transitory and washes out in the flow of history after a few centuries.  Artistic and literary figures have enduring importance, but not the way scientists do.  Religious leaders are mostly either charlatans or myths or delusional.


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:18 AM

View PostPersonFromPorlock, on 12 December 2013 - 02:10 AM, said:

God knows. First fire user, first stone chipper, first scribe, the guy who came up with the concept of the zero... It's nobody we can name. The people we can name are basically froth on a very deep sea.

First farmer, first to domesticate animals, first boat maker...

No, you hit the nail on the head. They get my vote.


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:11 AM

Statesmen, scientists, great warlords, giants of medicine....they all become mere blurry also-rans in the presence of the living proof of God's love for mankind......The first Brewer!

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