Russel Tarr Posted about 2 years ago If you could choose any historical figure to give a TED Talk, who would it be and why? Sorry for resubmission (this time with explanations) but the 'edit' feature doesn't appear to be working! Thomas Hobbes (interesting ideas on government, great speaker apparently) Samuel Johnson (charismatic, quirky worldview, intellectual titan) Montaigne (original and accessible philosopher) Gerrard Winstanley (founder of the Levellers, early democratic movement) Howard Hughes (what a life!) Keynes v. Hayek (two views of the economic crisis) Mikhail Bakunin (founding father of anarchism) Sophie Scholl (died rather than condone the Nazi regime) Martin Niemoller (another individual with exceptional moral courage) Olaudah Equiano (how important really was the role of black activists in abolishing the slave trade?) Isambard Kingdom Brunel (indefatigable engineer of genius) Thomas More (a man who died for his philosophy).