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Top 100 Living Geniuses
Entered on: October 29, 2007 5:25 PM by Jackzilla

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The List.


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From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 29, 2007 5:26 PM

Where's your genius?

Mine (Prince) is at #34.

JohnnyBells' (Mohammed Ali) is at #43.

Bert's (Richard Dawkins) is at #20. 

From: BigFatty Entered on: October 29, 2007 5:57 PM

I call Bullshit!!!  Surprise, surprise... A British survey sent to only British households returned results that show Britian has more geniuses per million.  Ok, I would wonder what people would be on America's list.  They very likely would not know of many foreigners.  Certainly we'd get some religious wack-jobs listing Pat Robertson, The Pope, Rush Limbaugh, George W.  Plus, I would expect Howard Stern, Jack-o.  But I really doubt if a whole lot of scientists would be on a list compiled by the general American public.  It would be dominated by celebrities.

Still, this was a stupid survey with the only value it might bring is it is interesting - like a tabloid.  

My genius.....  Well, of course I like Hawking (7), even though I mis-spell his name a lot.  I even got his autograph for Ross!  (I am a great friend).  But I cannot claim any genius as mine.

I am embarrassed cuz I did not recognize hardly any of the scientists!  Nor could I name very many US ones!

Didn't Al Gore invent the internet? ;)  Where is he on the list! 

From: BigFatty Entered on: October 29, 2007 6:01 PM
Dude - you missed Stan Lee (#72) and Dolly Parton (#94).

From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 29, 2007 6:19 PM

Dude - All these Lists are bullshit (but still kinda fun).

So, is Dolly your genius?  She's not taken!  <Insert obvious large breast joke here.>

From: Ross Entered on: October 29, 2007 8:24 PM

I would like to know more about the scoring.  It says there are five factors, and only one, intellectual power, really determines if you're a genius or not.  If it's only 20% of the score, that kind of means that the title is misleading (to me).  I'm sure that probably a lot of people on the list aren't even according-to-Hoyle geniuses.  

Anyway, it is kind of fun but like Fatty says, it's ludicrous that the article would mention that it's a popular survey given only to Brits, and then say something as stupid as:

With 24 Britons in the list, the country has generated one living genius per 2.5 million people – a higher proportion than any other country.

Gee, it doesn't take a genius to figure out why.  

There are lots more people who have invented much more vital stuff that probably deserve to be on the list, whose names we don't even know.  As long as they are up-front about the fact that this list is little different than a British popularity contest, it's interesting enough, as far as that goes. 

From: Ross Entered on: October 29, 2007 8:14 PM
Oh, and don't forget: Swerb's is #4. 

From: The Bone Entered on: October 29, 2007 9:34 PM
Wait until the "Super Genius" list comes out. I'm sure to be rank near the top.
From: Ross Entered on: October 30, 2007 7:52 AM

Reminds me of a sweet Calvin and Hobbes quote:

"People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world."


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