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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: Noam Chomsky.
    • Nov 9 2011: for President.
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      Nov 9 2011: yeah. according to chomsky, division of labor is a bad thing. mind of the century indeed.
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        Nov 9 2011: Good idea, let's write him off because he doesn't think division of labour is a good idea. That pretty much discredits everything else he might have to say.

        What would Adam Smith say!?


        “People read snippets of Adam Smith, the few phrases they teach in school. Everybody reads the first paragraph of The Wealth of Nations where he talks about how wonderful the division of labor is. But not many people get to the point hundreds of pages later, where he says that division of labor will destroy human beings and turn people into creatures as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human being to be. And therefore in any civilized society the government is going to have to take some measures to prevent division of labor from proceeding to its limits.”

        – Noam Chomsky on Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations
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          Nov 9 2011: well, you are right. if rajib meant that chomsky is a great linguist, i'm very sorry, he probably is.

          but in case he meant the political thinker chomsky, yeah, this "mistake" of his pretty much discredits him in the area.

          ah, and one more note: maybe it is not advisable to believe a fool if he says that he took the idea from a genius. he might misunderstand that, you know, being the fool he is.

          hint: smith was talking about something totally different, not the division of labor. and chomsky actually knows this, but he does not understand the difference. shocking.
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        Nov 9 2011: Really Krisztián, you think Mr Smith was talking about "something totally different" and Chomsky got it wrong?

        Well I suppose that's a possibility but if you read Smith, it sounds like Chomsky hit the mark squarely:

        "The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. The torpor of his mind renders him not only incapable of relishing or bearing a part in any rational conversation, but of conceiving any generous, noble, or tender sentiment, and consequently of forming any just judgment concerning many even of the ordinary duties of private life... But in every improved and civilized society this is the state into which the labouring poor, that is, the great body of the people, must necessarily fall, unless government takes some pains to prevent it." - Adam Smith (An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776))
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        Nov 9 2011: And of course then there is this:

        [Smith returns at the end to what he believes to be a serious obstacle: The division of labour's adverse general effects on human character:] "Even though the martial spirit of the people were of no use towards the defence of the society, yet to prevent that sort of mental mutilation, deformity and wretchedness which cowardice necessarily involves in it, from spreading themselves through the great body of the people, would still deserve the most serious attention of government; in the same manner as it would deserve its most serious attention to prevent a leprosy or any other loathsome and offensive disease, though neither mortal nor dangerous, from spreading among them; though, perhaps no other publick good might result from such attention besides the prevention of so great a publick evil." – Adam Smith

        "Mental mutilation" now THAT is an evocative phrase.


        QUOTE: ah, and one more note: maybe it is not advisable to believe a fool if he says that he took the idea from a genius. he might misunderstand that, you know, being the fool he is.

        Thanks for the input, Krisztián, but I am not one who tends to believe fools.

        QUOTE: "hint: smith was talking about something totally different, not the division of labor. and chomsky actually knows this, but he does not understand the difference. shocking."

        Hint: I think you might want to read up on your Chomsky ... and your Smith.
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        Nov 9 2011: QUOTE: "care to elaborate how would that text call for reducing the division of labor?"

        Ah, once again, Krisztián, there is simply no arguing against your logic.

        If Adam Smith is incapable of conquering you, I certainly cannot.

        I am vanquished.
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          Nov 9 2011: there is no arguing, for the lazy. so it was an easy vanquish.

          never mind, i will do your job too, and analyze that little quote of smith for you. smith says that division of labor leads to people doing repetitive mindless tasks. repetitive mindless tasks make drones out of people. so division of labor should be limited.

          observe what smith does not say:
          1. he does not say to undo or eliminate or roll back division of labor. he calls for controlling it.
          2. he does not say the division of labor would be bad per se. he warns about its consequences. on the contrary, smith understands why the division of labor is key to our success.

          what we have learned in the centuries since then? we have learned that division of labor not only doesn't convert people into drones doing repetitive tasks. we also learned that it actually did the opposite. through the economic and technological progress, accumulation of capital, division of labor eliminated many repetitive tasks. our jobs today are less repetitive, more "brainy", more interesting, more challenging on average. no doubt, as we advance, the division of labor will increase even more, while our jobs getting yet less repetitive and more interesting. this was, of course, not foreseeable in smith's time.

          if smith lived today, he would say: all hail the division of labor! as it moves people away from mindless repetitive tasks. it is because smith was a genius. unlike chomsky, who struggles with the simplest economic phenomena.
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        Nov 9 2011: Krisztián,

        You will do my job? Interesting. Apparently you hadn't noticed; my job was done. So allow me to help.

        Let's analyse this little exchange:

        You start out by saying, “according to chomsky, division of labor is a bad thing.”

        And, when that argument doesn’t work out so well for you, you shift to discussing “something else.”

        [I know you have a hard time focussing so let me point out we are not discussing division of labour, we are discussing Noam Chomsky.]

        Your conversation style is quite creative. It goes like this: If I can't win one point, I'll change points.

        Your "thought" process might go something like:

        Hmmm, Chomsky didn’t really say the division of labour is a bad thing, after all. Not only that, what Chomsky did say was Smith himself had reservations about the division of labour taken to extremes.

        Okay, I can fix this: I’ll say Chomsky doesn’t understand Smith (Chomsky is essentially a fool anyway.)

        Oh, Oh, Smith actually did have concerns about the division of labour – there it is in Smith’s own words. Oh darn, this will be harder to recover from.

        Give me a minute!

        Now what? I could admit I was wrong – and acknowledge I misrepresented Chomsky and his point regarding division of labour - but no, that won’t do (after all, I am Krisztián Pintér and I am NEVER wrong!)

        Give me a minute!

        I know! Neither Chomsky or Smith said anything about …. about … about ! … REDUCING the division of labour!

        Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk ABOUT reducing the division of labour.

        Maybe no one will notice REDUCING the division of labour has absolutely nothing to do with me saying, “according to chomsky, division of labor is a bad thing.”

        I noticed. I'm sure one or two others did too.

        So while you might think we are now discussing "division of labour" we are not; we are discussing an erroneous comment you made about Noam Chomsky.

        But some of us do not have the intellectual rigour to keep our minds focussed on a single point, some might call that "lazy."
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          Nov 9 2011: i don't have the patience to read that two pages long text. so just picking two lines near the end:

          >>... Maybe no one will notice reducing the division of labour has absolutely nothing to do with me saying, “according to chomsky, division of labor is a bad thing.”...> we are discussing an erroneous comment you made about Noam Chomsky
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        Nov 9 2011: QUOTE: "i don't have the patience to read that two pages long text. so just picking two lines near the end:"

        I know Krisztián, "two" pages is a lot to read all at once (and there are no pictures!)

        [By the way, we refer to a single page as "one" (1)]



        QUOTE: "i don't have the patience to read that two pages long text. so just picking two lines near the end:"

        This, it seems, is also how you read Smith and Chomsky.

        To have such a towering intellect that one does not need to actually read anything to comment on it must be a tremendous burden. How do you cope with those of us with lesser minds (like, you know, Chomsky?)
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    Nov 10 2011: Dr. Leonard Bailey, Pediatric Heart Surgeon. He revolutioned the world of heart transplantation. Because of his pioneering work, heart transplantation is what it is today and many children's lives have been saved. Search his name and also Baby Fae (I believe there is are several Baby Fae videos on YouTube). Http://
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    Nov 9 2011: Barack Obama.

    He hasboldly stepped forward with his vision of change. He has argued it intelligently. He asks for the people (and politicians) to engage in mature dialog to find common ground and move ahead. He leads from behind.
    In my opinion he has don as much to positively affect change as anyone in recent memory.
    He is not just a politician. He is a visionary.
  • Nov 8 2011: Jimmy Carter is pretty remarkable.
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    Nov 8 2011: Me. Humility. Cosmology, Empathy, Energy Efficiency Solutions, Loving-Kindness, Electrical Engineering, Making peace between fire and ice, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Mediation, US Constitutional Law, DSM-IV-TR, the History of Mankind, Alligators, Inventing, Commodities-Stocks-Bonds, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Middle-East Politics, PdM, Nature Photography, Calabi-Yau Manifolds, Program Trading, Power Quality Assurance and NFPA B compliance, Derivatives, HVAC/R engineering, Animal Rescue, Sous-Vide Cooking, Mentally ill Homeless Addicts, CMMS, Power Management, Intentional Communities, Graphical Technical Writing, bringing humans with similiar interests together, Intuitive Design, Harnessing the power found in minature black holes, Espumas, Quantum Chromo-Electrodynamics, Game Theory, Bayesean probability, Perturbation Theory, Desktop Publising, Hamitonian dynamics, Transcendental numbers, M-D-P Brane Theory, Hugh Everett-Max Tegmark-Hartle-Witten-John Bell, Witgenstien-Bertrand Russll-Ferge-Godel-Turing-Chaiten, Fuzzy Logic and Neural Computing, Emergent Properties, Hamlet's cat (To Be or Not To Be, that is the question), AI, Baking bread, Rocketry, Toddy Coffee, Mercury fulminate, Big-Bang/Big-Crunch/black hole/white hole/worm hole/white fountain/white rabbit theory, Interactive DVD education, Anthropic Principle, the Doomsday Argument, Occam's Razor, Barbers who don't shave themselves, bay gulls/tori/locks/rockettes, Maser holograms, fractals, stochastics, Bollinger Bands, The Princeton String Quartet, RCM, solar collectors vs solar panels, Cool Roof Technology . . . The universe is a heat-pump.
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      Nov 9 2011: that is impressive!!
    • Nov 9 2011: Brother Michael Wolok : That*s Why We Are Here On Earth ..... Parallel Universes .... The PHYSICAL ....The SPIRITUAL .... Instantly Fighting ONE Another .... In Our BODIES ....As IN The COSMOS ..... K ( NOW ) ....??? .... Intelligent Design = GOD / Or BIG BANG ....Free Will To Choose ...NO ...??? ....To LOVE One Another .... Or HATE ..... E = MC^2 = BOTH ....EXCELLANT Credentials BRO .... LOVE YOU ....!!! ..... CuddleFish......Connect The ....... * S *.... The Universe Is GOD*S Infinite CREATION ....That IS EVOLVING ....LOVE YOU ALL ... HATE Is TAUGHT And LEARNED ...... My NECK HURTS .... BRAIN Is HEAVY ....... A Closed MIND Is A TERRIBLE Thing To WASTE .....Astrophysics ..... To INFINITY ..... STEVE JOBS ..... Took Us To WORLDS That We Never KNEW .... I Follow His FOOTSTEPS ... Create ... And Motivate ...cuddlefish - Quick Change Artist .... A Brother ... Of Octopu$....
    • Nov 9 2011: I your case the Shakespeare phrase is ''To bee or Wannabee''..(it's a joke, like intelligence itself is)
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    Nov 8 2011: Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a poet, a scholar, and a peace activist. As a young buddhist monk he courageously opposed the Vietnamese war by visiting the USA and appealing directly to the american people. An action for which moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He now travels the word teaching 'The Art of Mindful Living'. A practise which has the potential to bring great peace and happiness into our daily lives. He is now 86 years old and is possibly the greatest living example and practictioner of the teachings of the Buddha.
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      Nov 9 2011: That is also a good pick and instead of being upset about what was going on, he did his walking meditation that saved many lives. Great pick Jerry, I would agree.
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    Nov 8 2011: It might be Chris Anderson. His expertise is subtle but important: bringing people together for the greater good.
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    Nov 8 2011: I'm not sure if he ever had TED talks but I would have to say Noam Chomsky

    He was a Prof. of Philosophy and Linguistics at M.I.T. but his impact extends beyond academia. He is a social/political activist, is an expert on foreign and domestic policy. To be honest the list goes on with this guy. He knows a lot about neuroscience, biology, history, chemistry, the military, etc. To me he is the definition of an intellectual. Just give him 10-20 min on Fox or CNN and things would change. Too bad they wont invite him on being that he's too smart.

    The second person I would say is Sam Harris but I'm sure we all know about him.
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      Nov 8 2011: Hurrrah for Noam Chomsky- a brave and clear thinking man.
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        Nov 9 2011: Thanks, I'm like obsessed with him. I really quote him in just about everything when it comes to politics.
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    Nov 12 2011: My second nomination would be for Louise Arbour the woman who worked with the UN High commission to prosecute crimes against humanity.
    Here is a site for a movie about what she has accomplished.
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    Nov 10 2011: Neil Young, Poet.
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    Nov 10 2011: Steve Jobs - science and humanity
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      Nov 11 2011: would you explain to me the relationship between jobs and humanity?
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        Nov 12 2011: Krisztián,

        I know you have limited patience so I will keep this short (less than two pages.)

        Yesenia Martinez has asked us to "name the most informed/intelligent/inspiring individual living today*" and state, "what is his/her expertise."

        She has not asked for Krisztián Pintér's opinion of the individuals so recommended by others.

        Now, this is a public forum so you are free (within the guidelines established by TED) to offer an opinion or even to challenge other people's recommendations - which I see you are taking full advantage of.

        But aside from offering your sagacious insight on the shortcomings of, say Noam Chomsky, do you actually have a person you might like to recommend?


        * The fact that Mr Jobs is dead, more or less, rules him out as a possibility; and, within the confines of the topic, renders your question moot ... on yet another level.
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        Nov 12 2011: The magic is self-contained in your question dear Krisztián.
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        Nov 12 2011: Krisztián,

        I know it is hard for you to understand Krisztián but the direction you wish to take a conversation is actually not that important.

        The conversation might be, for example, recommending inspiring individuals, and someone might recommend, say, Noam Chomsky. Now, apparently, Noam Chomsky has an opinion that does not conform to Krisztián Pintér's view of how a free market economy should be run. This is not actually an invitation to Mr Pintér to take the conversation in that particular direction.

        I am sure Mr Chomsky also has an opinion about cheesecake. Shall we discuss that?

        So, as compelling as your question about Mr Jobs might be to you, it is not actually relevant.

        Given that you think Chomsky a fool, it is evident you have very high standards, so perhaps you might like to recommend someone you consider inspiring.

        Come on Krisztián, there must be someone you think is smart.

        Perhaps, Leonard S. Peikoff? No?

        Nathaniel Brandon? Oh no!

        How about Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy? (Nah, he’s a jock.)

        Friedrich Hayek? Oh wait! He’s dead (like Jobs.)

        I know; we could still get Peter J. Boettke. He’s not dead yet.

        As a counter-balance, we might also try Thomas Mayer.

        Do any of them meet with your approval?
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          Nov 12 2011: one of us surely try to derail the conversation, but it is not me.

          chomsky probably not a fool, but his views on economics are foolish. and it pretty much puts him out of the game when we look for the most intelligent man alive.

          and about jobs, i was not questioning the qualities of him as a technology promoter. however, i never heard that he would achieve anything in "humanity", whatever that would be. in fact, what they say is the complete opposite. he didn't give to charity, he didn't do anything outside his field, he was a dictator and an unpleasant manager.

          so i asked what does she mean. unfortunately, she refused to answer. and in addition, i got that modern poem from you instead. not satisfying at all.
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        Nov 12 2011: Yes Krisztián :-) :-) I know you can. How about this; a fun weekend project : This thread has 2 days time limit to closing. You take one day and come back to me with what you find for answer on your question of me. And then I will be happy to offer you my answers to your question.
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        Nov 12 2011: QUOTE: "... unfortunately, she refused to answer. and in addition, i got that modern poem from you instead. not satisfying at all."

        Yes, that could be where you tend to go off the rails a bit, Krisztián: Though it may appear to you, that it is so, we are not actually participating for your satisfaction.

        So aside from aiming petit barbs at the people others recommend, is there ANYBODY who inspires you?
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        Nov 12 2011: Of course, why would I not be interested in who inspires you?

        And I would much rather hear who inspires you than editorial comments about other people's suggestions.

        And, regardless of what I want, that is what this conversation is about.

        Who inspires you?
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          Nov 13 2011: ah, you went the easy way
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          Nov 14 2011: OK!, Alright already! I'll speak for Krisztian....

          Ron Paul, champion of life liberty and the pursuit of.... of.... what was the third thing???
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          Nov 14 2011: ah, thank you jim! he is indeed a good candidate. however, it is rather bold to call someone the most intelligent informed etc out of 7 billion. so i'm not sure.
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        Nov 13 2011: Krisztián, with you, it is always easy. That is another of your endearing qualities: predictability.

        So after all this, you still have nothing to contribute?

        [Be careful Krisztián, this could be a trap.]
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          Nov 13 2011: i wonder how i influence your decision making. or your point is that you never take me seriously? you just stalk on me? who do you do take seriously?
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        Nov 13 2011: Krisztián,

        On what point would you like me to take you seriously?

        You made a claim that someone said something, they apparently did not say; I responded. I think that would be construed as taking you seriously.

        I told you I would be interested in hearing who inspires you and you called me a liar. I took that seriously enough.

        I have asked you several times who inspires you. That is also affording your opinion a degree of gravitas.

        That you choose to take such interactions, as you do, is beyond my control Krisztián.

        Now, I am quite serious in inviting you to share with us anyone who inspires you. [And I am not lying.]

        Again, how you choose to respond to this is beyond my control.
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        Nov 13 2011: Krisztián,

        I did tell you how you responded would be up to you.

        And I will flag your comment but I will also answer your question and your accusations.

        If you think I have lied (a very serious accusation, I might add) perhaps you might point out one single instance where I have done so. You will not find one, but you can look.

        You perceive me to be a dishonest person, again if you can find one example of me being dishonest, perhaps you would be good enough to draw my attention to it.

        It is quite possible I have misinterpreted many things, that is one of the fundamental processes in any communication, and is one of the reasons we engage in dialogue - to clarify misinterpretations.

        As to hinting "false things" this is just another way to say "lie." But if you see it as a special case, please point out an example to elucidate your point.

        Now, what you said someone said that they (apparently) did not was that Chomsky thinks division of labour is a bad thing. Apparently, he did not say that. He DID say Smith had reservations about the division of labour taken to extremes and that this needed to be guarded for.

        These are not the same things. And the difference is significant.

        Now it is possible Chomsky actually said division of labour is a bad thing - I have not read everything he wrote or attended a single lecture he has given.

        By the way, if you cannot find an example of Chomsky saying division of labour is "a bad thing," your comment is an excellent example of misrepresentation. As I am sure you know, we tend to see ourselves in others. Perhaps you think I am like you.
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    Nov 9 2011: Deepak Chopra in the field of mind body wellbeing

    His books and talks have inspired millions- i think his communication is modern and highly intelligent.
  • Nov 9 2011: I'm going to go with Sean Swarner - the first cancer survivor to complete the 7-summits, the highest peaks of the 7 continents including Everest. He is an inspiration to everyone.
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    Nov 9 2011: Naomi Kline, writer of 'The Shock Doctrine' and I would like to hear something from Noam Chomsky too. What about Paul Watson? Another brilliant canadian and bio-centrist.
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    Nov 13 2011: The great wisdom traditions emerged at a time when life was radically different than it is today. The world has changed immeasurably in the past two thousand years. And human beings have changed along with it.
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    Nov 12 2011: Marilyn Waring (Feminist Economics)

    Dr Helen Caldicott (Anti-nuclear Advocate)
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      Nov 13 2011: Thomas, thank you for introducing me to those two remarkable women.
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        Nov 13 2011: You're welcome.

        It was actually your recommending Louise Arbour that reminded me of Waring and Caldicott.

        [I videotaped one of Caldicott's lectures for public TV a while ago. She is quite persuasive.]
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    Nov 10 2011: Jeremy Gilley, Actor & Filmmaker

    A person I greatly admire. A person with a great idea, which he set into motion.

    " In 1999, Jeremy founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September annually – Peace Day. " -
  • Nov 9 2011: Kevin Prentiss. 
    He is known for business start ups, and technology, but I would like to put him forth for his expertise on social dynamics. He is the one who wrote "dance floor theory." DFT, which has very little to nothing to do with dancing, is taught all around America to college student leaders to improve involvement, retention, and community on college campuses. DFT had a significant impact on my college success, which I won two separate awards for: one national from us news, and one international from the Southwestern Company. DFT also impacted the direction of my career, my career in general, and my life. More people need to be taught Dance Floor Theory. 

    Kevin can be found at: 

    More about Dance Floor Theory can be found at:
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    Nov 9 2011: Why such a focus on any single individual?
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      Nov 9 2011: There are many individuals that are put forth here. Pick a group if you can't think of an individual.
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        Nov 9 2011: Well I like the list here. But as far as inspiration goes if someone inspires you- then the individual worth mentioning is yourself. How can you take their inspiration and lessons and apply it to your own life.

        In the past few weeks I've had many friends comment on how inspirational Steve Jobs was, but their comments never lead anywhere.
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          Nov 9 2011: You never know... Although I'm not an apple computer user (I do have iPhone and iPod) I have been very interested in him as a creative mind, a thinker and philosopher of sorts. I have been devouring all I can find about the man in the past few weeks and I feel it has helped advance my point of view on how to live life.
          As an inventor, Steve Jobs radically changed my work life with the iPod. I rely heavily on music for my work and the iPod/iTunes revolutionized that industry. For me, music is a teaching tool. Job's took that tool and made it dramatically more effective.
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      Nov 9 2011: QUOTE: "Why such a focus on any single individual?"

      I think Yesenia Martinez might be looking for potential speakers for future TED talks - so it would make sense she is interested in (living) individuals.
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    Nov 9 2011: Without truly comparing to find the "most' inspiring, I will put forward Paul Farmer, the founder of Partners in Health.

    Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder is a book which provides an account of his work to establish medical care in the most underserved areas in Haiti.
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    Nov 9 2011: Steve Jobs has left an enormous sized void for any one man/woman to fill. He has and will continue to inspire many generations yet to come. Chris Anderson is quite remarkable.
  • Nov 9 2011: I believe that words could do his brilliance justice. It's something you must see for yourself. Watch one of his talks. They certainly deserve more views than they have.
  • Nov 9 2011: Yesenia , Hi .... Myself ... My expertise ... INNOVATION ... I Designed A $ 50. 00 Pair Of East German Made Ice Scissors # 6 ... When I Was 18 ... , Everyone*s Shape Of Their Head Is Differant ... So To Cut One*s Hair To Be Uniformed Or Layered To The Shape Of Their Head ... Adjustible With Threads Like A Bolt ... With An Allen Screw To Lock It To The Length Desired ... I Have Saved Big Money By Cutting My Own Hair Through The Years ...!!! .. Plus I Have Designed A Air Purifacation System To Catch MOSQUITOES .... For MALARIA ... In 107 Countries , West Nile , Dengue Fever , Tsete Flys For Sleeping Sickness In Africa , Hauntivirus - Deer Mice - Saliva - Feces - Urine ATOMIZES In The Air , Is Breathed , People Get Sick And DIE ...??? !!! Plus To Capture NANO Particulates Of The Burning Of Fossil Fuels ... Down TO ONE MICRON ...Hepa standards .03 ... Beat It By 2/3 Rds ...( CLEAN AIR ACT ) ? ...To CREATE ...JOBS , JOBS , JOBS ... For Our TROOPS Returning From IRAQ , AFGANISTAN , Approx. 39 , 000 Are Injured ... P.T.S.Disorder To Boot ... I.E.D.*S Have Left Them Without Limbs .... Manufacturing , Marketing , Sales , Jobs Would Be Created For Them ... I Have This WORKING PROTOTYPE ... " We The People , FOR The People " , One Nation UNDER God , " United WE Stand , Divided WE Fall " ... !!! Freedom Is NOT FREE , Many Have Bravely Sacrificed For Our Free Dom ... Something NEEDS to Be Done ... Approx. 200 , 000 Have Returned Only To Find Homelessness , Alcoholism , NO JOBS For THEM ....CUDDLEFISH ... E = MC^2 = LOVE = To Love One Another ...!!! ...IT*S RELATIVE To Your RESPONCE ... Bless You Yesenia And Your Loved Ones ... Bye ... P.S. ...INNOVATION ... SPECS : 1, 200 Cubic Feet Per Minute ; Times 60 Min. = 72 ,000 ; Times 24 Hours = One Million Seven Hundred Twenty Thousand ... Cubic Feet Per 24 Hours .... THINK DIFFERANTLY .... How Many Mosquitoes Could Be Caught ...??? ... CuddleFish ....Shhhhh.....???
  • Nov 8 2011: Wade Davis!
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    Nov 8 2011: David Deutsch merely popularized Hugh Everett's relative state formulation of QM which I independently discovered many years later. Hartle and Hawking expanded it with their No Boundary Proposal. Max Tegmark took it a step further with his AUH theory. Each theory successively increases the number of universes. Which accords with the Copornican principle which would be violated if our universe was the only universe. Reality is locally relative, but globally absolute. Hidden symmetry and unity can be seen from the top of the wine bottle looking down at the raised bottom. Or from the bottom of a wine bottle if you happen to be a bowery bum on skid row. Most people confuse energy with exergy. Entropy creates the arrow of time, and space-time inflation creates entropy. When space inflates time moves forward. As space collapses time reverses. Bekenstein-Hawking radiation notwithstanding. As space collapses quantum eigenstates disappear.
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      Nov 9 2011: Hey Michael, did you read Deutsch's latest book? If you did, I'd love to know what you think of it. QM is just part of his theories.
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    Nov 8 2011: Thomas L. Friedman is an expert in foreign policy and domestic politics. He spent years reporting on topics ranging from economics to environmental policy. He is a prolific author of several best-selling books.
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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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        Nov 13 2011: Is this unusual for a physicist?
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          Nov 13 2011: QUOTE: "Is this unusual for a physicist?"

          That they're atheists or that they are God?
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        Nov 13 2011: Are people still refering to God as more than a metaphor?