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Old 05-29-07, 02:49 PM   #1
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Who is the greatest modern thinker of our time?

So, I was reading about Sir Isaac Newton and Da Vinci last night.....then I thought to myself, who in our modern era(say roughly 1970's to present) would be considered a great thinker of our time?


The only answer that I could come up with who has made vast contributions to his field of study has been Stephen Hawking. Not only has he added so many new views on astronomy and time, but he also has done it while being confined to a wheelchair due to his disability.


So, foo, who is this modern era's greatest thinker? It can be someone in politics, the military, or a certain field of study but you have to explain WHY they should be considered this since they likely would have/are changing the landscape of their respective area of expertise.
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Some may say Merton, some may say well... Merton.

Dang only person I can come up with is Merton.
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So many inventions and ideas are stolen. My former teacher worked on developing computers back in the first days of the microchip. He said Bill Gates is probably the biggest theif on the planet. Its a well known fact that every speach Ronald Reagen made was written up for him before he did it.

So many ideas are stolen. I say the greatest thinkers go uncredited.
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The only answer that I could come up with who has made vast contributions to his field of study has been Stephen Hawking.

A lot of physicists would argue that.

Modern thinker? I would have to say Bill Gates. He has to be a bloody genius in order to become the richest man in the world by selling substandard product at inflated costs and having almost no product support.

Seriously.
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hawking? seriously doubt it.

using your limitation of "say roughly 1970's to present" i'd say it's far too early to tell.

we won't ever really know who the 'greatest thinker' of our time is, only te most popular.

they're not the same thing.

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At the beginning of an avalanche you can point out a big rock, and say... 'My, that's important'.
But now everything is avalanche...

Now, if you were to ask me what were the books that shaped my perspective, and that I thought were important, that I can answer.

Explaining Science by Ronald N Giere
http://www.amazon.com/Explaining-Sci...0473540&sr=8-2

Insigts and Illusions of Philosopy by Piaget
http://www.amazon.com/INSIGHTS-ILLUS...473596&sr=1-13

The Wheels of Commerce by Bruadel
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Cities and the wealth of nations by Jane Jacobs
http://www.amazon.com/Cities-Wealth-...0473727&sr=1-7

That should give you a little light reading.
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Richard Dawkins certainly gets a vote, but I stand by my gestalt theory.
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Robert Greene gets my nod on the intellectual side of things.
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So many inventions and ideas are stolen. My former teacher worked on developing computers back in the first days of the microchip. He said Bill Gates is probably the biggest theif on the planet. Its a well known fact that every speach Ronald Reagen made was written up for him before he did it.

So many ideas are stolen. I say the greatest thinkers go uncredited.
This is not unique to Reagen.
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