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If you could bring back just one person who would it be and why?

Excluding departed family or friends or religious figures there is probably some person who you think would benefit mankind by being around today.
I suspect that the sentiment would lean towards Einstein but for selfish reasons I would love to see Mencken around today casting a critical eye over contempory goings on.If the response is good I will sum up the results.

Closing Statement from Kieron Treasure

Thank you forn taking the time to answer. I guess I was looking for a list of people that were admired and went before their time OR left us with secrets undisclosed OR perhaps people who left with work unfinished OR perhaps a list of people who, if alive today, could make a valuable contribution to mankind. How about Bruce Chatwin, Buddy Holly, Bismark.........???????

  • Oct 11 2013: I'd just like to see someone ride a donkey into Washington DC and raise a little holy hell. Clear the tables, so to speak :-)
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    Lejan .

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    Oct 12 2013: Nobody. There is plenty of talent today for mankind to benefit from.
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    Oct 24 2013: Christopher Hitchens

    Unfortunately he was recently taken away in his prime. He possessed a beautiful mix of intellect, integrity and courage, especially reflected in his formal public debates challenging mankind's various exotic and elaborate faith in a God.

    His message is and was a plea for more accountable behaivior in what makes us tick.
  • Oct 19 2013: Jesus Christ, I would like to know what he "really" said and if he approves of all the violence and death in his name.
    Now that would be one hell of a TED talk.
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      Oct 21 2013: I think that would be a lot of people's first choice too... but I think he may somehow count as a 'religious figure' if you look at the question.
      • Oct 21 2013: Da Way of course you are right but Einstein, Mencken were also religious figures in there own fields. For some reason most of us have been taught to worship someone or something outside ourselves, where the most significant figure by a long shot in our lives is within.
        "What lies behind you and what lies before you are tiny matters compared to what lies within you"- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Oct 14 2013: I guess I would like to bring back Abraham Lincoln or Ben Franklin. They have shown they can discuss things intelligently and can be funny.
    • Da Way

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      Oct 18 2013: Ben Franklin gets my vote. His legend is that he can look at any system and instantly point out ways to improve that system. I'd like him to take a look at some of the major modern day problems.
      • Oct 18 2013: Both were great story tellers and were famous for doing humorous "gentle" put downs. From a technical point of view I agree with you. Politics and social issues, think both would be interested
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    Oct 14 2013: Sylvia Plath, so she could explain her poetry.
  • Oct 13 2013: Lieut. aka Captain Cook would make an interesting dinner guest. He would be able to relate to his observing of the transit of Venus and indeed his observation of the Maui's which were still upright on his visit to Easter Island. It would also be facinating to listen to his firsdt thoughts on seeing the east coast of Australia and then his first encounter with the local inhabitants and noting the different types of flaura and fauna. It wouls again be facinating to listen to his views on what has happened to Australia in the peroid of time which has elapsed since his first landing.
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    Oct 12 2013: Steven Paul Jobs
  • Oct 12 2013: Leonardo da Vinci.

    I think his genius given what was available at the time was extraordinary.

    Be curious to see what he could do with access to the internet.
  • Oct 12 2013: I would bring back Martin Luther King, Jr. Hopefully, he would be able to get people to understand that what is going on today is totally against every belief he held.