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Old 11-17-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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Who is and was the smartest person?

My mind was wondering on the way into work and I started to think of all the smart people who lived. Every generation has a handful of people who are light years smarter than the rest.

With that in mind, here are my two questions.

In you opinion...
1. Who is the smartest person alive today.
2. Who is the smartest person who ever lived

Reason why you feel this way would be helpful, but if you just want to list names without reasons that is cool too.

For the person still alive my first thought is Steven Hawking.

Da Vinci is the first person who popped into my head for #2.

I am not sold on either of these two just yet so I would not say they are my final answer, but they are who I would pick right now if I had to make a choice. Who would you pick?

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Old 11-17-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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How do you define "smart"? Are you talking empirical terms like IQ? Fantastic ideas? Non linear thinkers? World changers? The measurement is an issue for me.

I'd have a tough time with this one. I think Bill Gates is pretty danged smart. Steven Hawking is amazing too, but there are so many folks out there who have incredible insights and thoughts that are not recognized. I think Linus Pauling was amazing. Banting and Best, all those folks who figure out what goes wrong in the human body and figure out ways to fix it. How about the artists and writers? Michelangelo?

My Dad was pretty amazingly smart. He knew people and what motivated them. He was never wrong. When I was younger, I'd THINK he was wrong about someone, but as time goes on he is proven correct time and again.

Great question GB, I just don't think I can pick one single person who is the smartest.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:02 AM   #3
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How do you define "smart"?
Each person will need to define it for themselves. This is not something that anyone could ever really measure so no one is right or wrong. To you, your dad may be the smartest person in the world. To someone else it could be someone famous or even their 9 year old kid. "Smart" can mean many different things to everyone. I think that is part of what makes this question so interesting to me.

I like your list Alix.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:03 AM   #4
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Alix, I understand your point. Different measures will yield different results. We, as distant observers, can only respond based on what we know/read/see.

I like GB's choices. DaVinci has always awed me with the broad scope of his intelligence from art to military weapons to aerodynamics, chemistry etc. History supports him as one of the very best.

Steven Hawkings has demonstrated his abilities as well.

Another possibility may be Marilyn vos Savant. I have read she has the highest tested IQ ever. Not sure what that proves.
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Another possibility may be Marilyn vos Savant. I have read she has the highest tested IQ ever. Not sure what that proves.
proves you can get a column in Parade magazine.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:03 PM   #6
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I agree with Alix - this is a toughie. And smartest in what field?

OK, a few potential candidates:

Living:
Thomas Sowell (economics)
Quincy Jones (music producer)
David McCullough (historian)


From the past:
Da Vinci (no argument there)
Ben Franklin
Henry Ford
Eric Hoffer (philosopher)
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:22 PM   #7
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I have to define as they relate to my life.

Living I would have to say Neil Diamond. His music, since I was 8 years old, has always had an affect on me or reflected an event or factor in my life.

Not with us anymore would have to be my Paternal Great Grandfather. The life he lived from leaving Quincy, Mass, at 15 until his death in Regina 60 years later included building the town of Saltcoats, joining the Northwest Mounted Police, traveling the world and so much more. He is written in several compilations and left a wonderful, if sometimes secret legacy that I am still trying to trace.

I know those are probably not the types of answers you are looking for, but that's how I see it.
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I was going to remark on the definition of "smart" but Alix beat me to it.

Interesting question. Living? I'd have to give the nod to Stephen Hawking. Dead? I'm going to vote Thomas Jefferson, simply due to his sweeping interests and wide-ranging abilities. Plus, he wrote several of the most important, far reaching documents ever.
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Dead -- Probably Leonardo di Vinci

Alive -- James Moses Leonard
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