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Name the most informed/intelligent/inspiring individual living today. What is his/her expertise?

Do you know someone who is cutting edge in his/her field? How can we find him/her? Please provide information (i.e., website links, videos, etc.).

Example (fictional): Gerry Smith is an expert in the field of athletics (especially soccer). He has successfully played on several professional teams. He developed a new way of passing the soccer ball.


The more information you give, the better!


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    Nov 8 2011: Let's just say that David Deutsch is God's nom-de-plume.
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        Nov 8 2011: Just google His majesty, there are plenty of videos of his talks. He is a modern philosopher, the most creative person alive. I recommend his two books, THE FABRIC OF REALITY and THE BEGINING OF INFINITY. Reading him feels like having your brain kicked across the universe.
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      Nov 8 2011: Thank you so much. He's spoken at TED before. What would you consider his formost expertise?
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        Nov 8 2011: He sees things from a different angle. That's his expertise, putting things where you wouldn't expect them, and then using this to create understanding about our cosmos and ourselves.
        Read his books for a very pleasant philosophical experience. But you won't be able to use any of it at diner parties and it will take you 15 minut concentration to sum up a single chapter to your boyfriend.
        It's a plane ticket for your brain and you don't get to go. Your brain comes back a few weeks later with a tan and a vague sense of pleasure, fuzzy memories of being on an incredible journey.
        It's been months, and I'm still waiting for someone to come up to me in the street, interested in the relation between knowledge and infinity, genes and quantum physics, creativity and multiverse.
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      Nov 13 2011: QUOTE: "Let's just say that David Deutsch is God's nom-de-plume."

      Interesting choice of words given Deutsch is an atheist.

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