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Seamus McGrenery

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What year would have the best TED panel of all time, if we had a time machine and could gather people living at the time

Given a time machine that would let us gather ted speakers living at that same moment in history when would you choose.

Would you go for 1468 when you could pair a young Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) with Johannes Gutenberg ( 1398 – 1468), and also have Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) and the mathematician and astronomer Ali Qushji (1403 – 1474).

Or would you you choose 1506 when you can still have Columbus and da Vinci, but now joined by Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), Michelangelo (1475 - 1564) and Vasco da Gama (1469 – 1524).

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  • Jan 5 2013: Good point. But there can be many depending on you interests,and some may not completely be overlapping - e.g. Budha,Lao Tse,Confusus, and Socrates.
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      Jan 7 2013: Ah but that one of the points of the question. If you had to choose people alive in one single year from history which year would it be?