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Old 11-17-2010, 02:29 PM   #11
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I know those are probably not the types of answers you are looking for, but that's how I see it.
If that is how you see it then that is absolutely the type of answer I was looking for
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:36 PM   #12
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I think inventors of ANYTHING have to be on my list.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:40 PM   #13
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I think inventors of ANYTHING have to be on my list.
actually, sistah, I was initially going to go with those guys too. Like those who invented

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Old 11-17-2010, 02:42 PM   #14
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I think inventors of ANYTHING have to be on my list.
James would agree with you for sure (I do too). Some of his heroes are Leonardo di Vinci, Thomas Edison, and my dad (who has patented several of his inventions).

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Old 11-17-2010, 02:51 PM   #15
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actually, sistah, I was initially going to go with those guys too. Like those who invented

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Leaving off the list the inventors of the torture devices...pantyhose and bras.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:56 PM   #17
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The inventor of elastic waistbands is high on my list of favorites!

I got one!!! Gutenburg, the printing press guy. HE was a smart cookie. And without him, knowledge couldn't have spread as well to as many people.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:36 PM   #18
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You mean besides "Moi"!
No mention of Einstein yet, interesting. The problem with a question like this is that if the whole of recorded history is taken into account, with the exception of a big chunk of the "Dark Ages", dozens if not hundreds or even thousands would qualify.
Just from the "Ancients", you'd have to give a mention to Euclid, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Ptolemy etc.
Closer to our time, some candidates would certainly be Newton, Pasteur, Tesla, Darwin and on and on.
Then there are the thousands of super-bright people known personally to a few select friends and acquaintances, but never had a public persona. I think we've all known somebody like that.
Finally, and I'm really trying hard to be objective!...it appears to me that for many and varied factors that 'intelligence' is slipping and the baseline for IQ that is supposed to be 100, has eroded at least 10 points south of the border. Obviously IMO. I look forward to other comments.
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Mike Holmes (master builder and mighty cute too)

My hero!!!! I like MIKE!!!
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:15 PM   #20
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I've know incredibly smart people, if you consider their Academic work, but in real life they are stupid...i.e. can't boil water or change a diaper.

One vert smart person I know never made it past high school and she is the smartest person I know.

I can't argue with Da'Vinci, Einstein, Mandelbrot, Plato or Hawking.
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