Who is the smartest person alive today?

  1. HMMMMMMM, I would consider Stephen Hawking.
     
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  3. myself
     
  4. So we've got at least one thing in common Timejim.
    Yeah, Hawking's a great guy.

    But then there's this other guy, Corey. aka "photon." Heard of him?
     
  5. chroot

    chroot 10,426
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    Hawking sucks.

    There are lot of different kinds of "smart."

    In the physics/math community, I'd say Ed Witten all the way.

    In the music/art community... hmmmm... I'm not sure who I'd say, but it's not Britney Spears or Janet Jackson.

    How about politics? Other sciences? How about writers?

    - Warren
     
  6. Evo

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    smartest and also most multi-faceted - chroot
     
  7. chroot

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    Where's the kissy-face smilie?!!! Greg, we need a kissie face smilie!!

    Thanks Evo, you're the best. :smile: I only wish I were as smart as Ed Witten though. :smile:

    - Warren
     
  8. Evo

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    You're a lot younger than he is. Besides, I'll bet he's not as good at rock climbing!!!
     
  9. chroot

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    Yeah, not with those little weenie arms of his.... :-X

    - Warren
     
  10. Njorl

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    Well, if you ask Marylin vos Savant, she'll tell you it is her. If you ask someone else, and she happens to overhear it, she'll run over and tell you it is her.

    Njorl
     
  11. Monique

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    How do you define smartest person?
    And why Stephen Hawking?
     
  12. Evo

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    Njorl, I love reading your posts! You are a HOOT!
     
  13. Njorl

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    (<-couldn't find a blushing smilee)

    Thank you very much.
    Njorl
     
  14. Could you explain?


    A few names I would like to add:

    Roger Penrose
    Michio Kaku
    Murray Gell-Mann
     
  15. jimmy p

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    hmmm, what about that Shakuntala Devi, the woman who worked out the 23rd root of a 201 digit number in 50 seconds. Also what about the people who are real smart but havent been made famous?
     
  16. Indeed. For example, in music, the "smartest" musical being is DEFINITELY not famous. Such as in East India, there music takes skill and talent far surpassing western music's requirements. None of us will probably ever know who the smartest person is in any one area. But, none the less it sure is fun to take a stab at it!
     
  17. There's different kinds of smarts:

    Sports: Michael Jordan, the guy's a totally awesome baseball player especially when he hits those home runs. He's just amazing.

    Business: Donald Trump, he lost billions and was on the verge of bankruptcy and got himself back up, learned from his mistakes and made more money.

    Entertainment: Russell Crowe, without a doubt an excellent actor.
     

  18. I think most people say Stephen Hawking because they hear his name all the time.

    Regarding this topic of "who is smartest" I have no comments but a Chinese Proverb can explain: "There is mountains beyond mountains, and skies beyond skies."
     
  19. by smartest do you mean just raw computation power or what?
     
  20. Woh! Don't get me wrong here, he's a decent actor, but this guy is a serious nutcase. Always getting thrown in jail for beating his wife or getting into a bar fight. He may have talent, but smart he is not. I'd sooner choose someone like Sean Connery.

    I think Prudens' quote sums it up best:
    We may or may not ever know the smartest person, but we will surely never know whether or not we know the smartest person.
     
  21. Change it from 'smartest' to who is 'farthest' ahead of the rest....

    from somewhere 'up here', right behind you, com'in round again....

    (seems to just keep circling, but...)
     
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