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British brains dominate list of living geniuses
Telegraph UK ^ | Oct. 28, 2007 | Aislinn Simpson

Posted on 10/29/2007 12:44:04 PM PDT by COUNTrecount

Britain has more living geniuses per head of population than anywhere else in the world, according to a new survey which reveals the country's influence on science, technology, business and the arts.

The top 100 living geniuses

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web

Almost a quarter of those featured in the list of 100 living geniuses are Britons, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web, in joint first place, and physicist Stephen Hawking at seven in the list.

British artists and musicians feature heavily, including Brit Art leader Damien Hirst at number 15, poet Seamus Heaney at 26, playwright Harold Pinter at 31, Sir Paul McCartney at 58, David Bowie at 67, Harry Potter author JK Rowling at 83 and filmmaker Ken Russell at 100.

Sir Richard Branson, the head of Virgin Group, at 49, chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall, at 58, and psychologist Dorothy Rowe, at 72, also made the list.

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.

The list, compiled by a panel of six experts in creativity and innovation, is jointly topped by Sir Tim and Albert Hofmann, the Swiss scientist who created the drug LSD.

They are followed by George Soros, the American financier and philanthropist, Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Nelson Mandela, the former South African president.

There are also some surprise entrants. Osama Bin Laden ranks at number 43, a spot he shares with Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and Mohammed Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion.

The Americans have 43 geniuses on the list – one per 6.9 million people.

Creators Synectics, a global consultants firm, chose their geniuses by awarding scores out of 10 to each entrant against a number of factors: paradigm shifting; popular acclaim; intellectual power; achievement and cultural importance. The firm emailed 4,000 Britons this summer and asked them to nominate up to 10 living people who they considered geniuses.

They received back 1,100 nominations for individuals in all walks of life, more than 60 per cent of whom were either American or English. Only 60 per cent were still alive.

The panel was then charged with ranking the list in order of genius and to present a resulting shortlist of 100, who were then scored against the five factors.

Nigel Clarke, a managing partner of Synectics UK & Europe, said: "Many people argue that a genius can be defined by their contribution, where it turns conventional thinking on its head.

"I think that Albert Hoffman and Tim Berners-Lee have this in common with the great geniuses of the past.

''Both of them have, in their own way, turned the world that we live in upside down. And it may be that alone that accounts for their acclamation as the world's greatest living geniuses."


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1 posted on 10/29/2007 12:44:09 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

# 94 Dolly Parton.

Top 100 living geniuses
Last Updated: 1:06am GMT 29/10/2007

1= Albert Hoffman (Swiss) Chemist 27
1= Tim Berners-Lee (British) Computer Scientist 27
3 George Soros (American) Investor & Philanthropist 25
4 Matt Groening (American) Satirist & Animator 24
5= Nelson Mandela (South African) Politician & Diplomat 23
5= Frederick Sanger (British) Chemist 23
7= Dario Fo (Italian) Writer & Dramatist 22
7= Steven Hawking (British) Physicist 22
9= Oscar Niemeyer (Brazilian) Architect 21
9= Philip Glass (American) Composer 21
9= Grigory Perelman (Russian) Mathematician 21
12= Andrew Wiles (British) Mathematician 20
12= Li Hongzhi (Chinese) Spiritual Leader 20
12= Ali Javan (Iranian) Engineer 20
15= Brian Eno (British) Composer 19
15= Damian Hirst (British) Artist 19
15= Daniel Tammet (British) Savant & Linguist 19
18 Nicholson Baker (American Writer 18
19 Daniel Barenboim (N/A) Musician 17
20= Robert Crumb (American) Artist 16
20= Richard Dawkins (British) Biologist and philosopher 16
20= Larry Page & Sergey Brin (American) Publishers 16
20= Rupert Murdoch (American) Publisher 16
20= Geoffrey Hill (British) Poet 16
25 Garry Kasparov (Russian) Chess Player 15
26= The Dalai Lama (Tibetan) Spiritual Leader 14
26= Steven Spielberg (American) Film maker 14
26= Hiroshi Ishiguro (Japanese) Roboticist 14
26= Robert Edwards (British) Pioneer of IVF treatment 14
26= Seamus Heaney (Irish) Poet 14
31 Harold Pinter (British) Writer & Dramatist 13
32= Flossie Wong-Staal (Chinese) Bio-technologist 12
32= Bobby Fischer (American) Chess Player 12
32= Prince (American) Musician 12
32= Henrik Gorecki (Polish) Composer 12
32= Avram Noam Chomski (American) Philosopher & linguist 12
32= Sebastian Thrun (German) Probabilistic roboticist 12
32= Nima Arkani Hamed (Canadian) Physicist 12
32= Margaret Turnbull (American) Astrobiologist 12
40= Elaine Pagels (American) Historian 11
40= Enrique Ostrea (Philippino) Pediatrics & neonatology 11
40= Gary Becker (American) Economist 11
43= Mohammed Ali (American) Boxer 10
43= Osama Bin Laden (Saudi) Islamicist 10
43= Bill Gates (American) Businessman 10
43= Philip Roth (American) Writer 10
43= James West (American) Invented the foil electrical microphone 10
43= Tuan Vo-Dinh (Vietnamese) Bio-Medical Scientist 10
49= Brian Wilson (American) Musician 9
49= Stevie Wonder (American) Singer songwriter 9
49= Vint Cerf (American) Computer scientist 9
49= Henry Kissinger (American) Diplomat and politician 9
49= Richard Branson (British) Publicist 9
49= Pardis Sabeti (Iranian) Biological anthropologist 9
49= Jon de Mol (Dutch) Television producer 9
49= Meryl Streep (American) Actress 9
49= Margaret Attwood (Canadian) Writer 9
58= Placido Domingo (Spanish) Singer 8
58= John Lasseter (American) Digital Animator 8
58= Shunpei Yamazaki (Japanese) Computer scientist & physicist 8
58= Jane Goodall (British) Ethologist & Anthropologist 8
58= Kirti Narayan Chaudhuri (Indian) Historian 8
58= John Goto (British) Photographer 8
58= Paul McCartney (British) Musician 8
58= Stephen King (American) Writer 8
58= Leonard Cohen (American) Poet & musician 8
67= Aretha Franklin (American) Musician 7
67= David Bowie (British) Musician 7
67= Emily Oster (American) Economist 7
67= Steve Wozniak (American) Engineer and co-founder of Apple Computers 7
67= Martin Cooper (American) Inventor of the cell phone 7
72= George Lucas (American) Film maker 6
72= Niles Rogers (American) Musician 6
72= Hans Zimmer (German) Composer 6
72= John Williams (American) Composer 6
72= Annette Baier (New Zealander) Philosopher 6
72= Dorothy Rowe (British) Psychologist 6
72= Ivan Marchuk (Ukrainian) Artist & sculptor 6
72= Robin Escovado (American) Composer 6
72= Mark Dean (American) Inventor & computer scientist 6
72= Rick Rubin (American) Musician & producer 6
72= Stan Lee (American) Publisher 6
83= David Warren (Australian) Engineer 5
83= Jon Fosse (Norwegian) Writer & dramatist
83= Gjertrud Schnackenberg (American) Poet 5
83= Graham Linehan (Irish) Writer & dramatist 5
83= JK Rowling (British) Writer 5
83= Ken Russell (British) Film maker 5
83= Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (Russian) Small arms designer 5
83= Erich Jarvis (American) Neurobiologist 5
91=. Chad Varah (British) Founder of Samaritans 4
91= Nicolas Hayek (Swiss) Businessman and founder of Swatch 4
91= Alastair Hannay (British) Philosopher 4
94= Patricia Bath (American) Ophthalmologist
94= Thomas A. Jackson (American) Aerospace engineer 3
94= Dolly Parton (American) Singer 3
94= Morissey (British) Singer 3
94= Michael Eavis (British) Organiser of Glastonbury 3
94= Ranulph Fiennes (British) Adventurer 3
100=. Quentin Tarantino (American) Filmmaker 2


2 posted on 10/29/2007 12:46:31 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Where was the SPEW, HURL, BARF alert???


3 posted on 10/29/2007 12:47:26 PM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: COUNTrecount

And yet Britain today is a mere shadow of its former self, so I don’t know what to make of this.


4 posted on 10/29/2007 12:47:42 PM PDT by AIM-54
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To: COUNTrecount
including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web

WRONG!!


5 posted on 10/29/2007 12:49:22 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: COUNTrecount

Britain has more living geniuses per head of population than anywhere else in the world, according to a new survey which...emailed 4,000 Britons.

One thing is for sure. The people who came up with this survey are certainly not geniuses.


6 posted on 10/29/2007 12:50:43 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: COUNTrecount

OBL is a genious? I beg to differ.


7 posted on 10/29/2007 12:51:17 PM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: COUNTrecount

British brains dominate list of living geniuses

The firm emailed 4,000 Britons this summer and asked them to nominate up to 10 living people who they considered geniuses.

"It's a Mensa Thing-YOU wouldn't understand."

8 posted on 10/29/2007 12:52:03 PM PDT by Gorzaloon (Food imported from China = "Cesspool + Flavor-Straw")
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To: COUNTrecount
The list, compiled by a panel of six experts

I guess that accounts for the inclusion of such laughable non-geniuses as George Soros, Leonard Cohen and Damian Hurst, etc.

9 posted on 10/29/2007 12:54:06 PM PDT by Argus
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To: COUNTrecount
I think talk show hosts and magazine article writers commission these silly lists to make news to talk about.

Albert Hoffman? A genius who licks his fingers in the lab, then poisons his colleagues with an unknown psychoactive?

I don’t know about Dolly Parton, but David Bowie?

The more ridiculous the list, the more talk it synthesizes.

(I’m no exception, see, I just posted to FR about the silly list!)

10 posted on 10/29/2007 1:01:52 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: COUNTrecount

They left the smartest woman in the world off the list.


11 posted on 10/29/2007 1:03:54 PM PDT by Busywhiskers (Strength and honor.)
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To: Argus

They got Cohen’s nationality wrong- he’s Canadian. BTW I would consider him a genius- he’s adored by Libs who never notice the Conservative values he slips into the lyrics.


12 posted on 10/29/2007 1:04:08 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: COUNTrecount

Dolly Parton? Mohammed Al1? This is a joke, right?


13 posted on 10/29/2007 1:04:21 PM PDT by chesley (Where's the omelet? -- Orwell)
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To: COUNTrecount

In order to be fair, a register should be made listing the world’s greatest morons.


14 posted on 10/29/2007 1:05:28 PM PDT by 353FMG (Government is the opiate of the masses.)
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To: COUNTrecount
5 of the experts:
15 posted on 10/29/2007 1:07:09 PM PDT by LRS (It's time to put Hillary on the 3:10 to Yuma...)
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To: COUNTrecount

Calling a tail a leg again...


16 posted on 10/29/2007 1:08:51 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: COUNTrecount

There’s at least 40 morons on that list.........


17 posted on 10/29/2007 1:10:35 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: COUNTrecount

I have seen a lot of these 100 best or worst etc. lists over the years. I don’t think I have ever seen one which made much sense.

This may be the worst one of all. Muhammad Ali?


18 posted on 10/29/2007 1:13:06 PM PDT by yarddog (`)
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To: COUNTrecount
If these are the top 100 geniuses in the world, I will kiss your a** in Time Square and give you an hour to draw a crowd. What a waste of bandwidth.
19 posted on 10/29/2007 1:13:36 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (Swift as the wind; Calmly majestic as a forest; Steady as the mountains.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Where’s this from? The Onion or Scrappleface?

I mean I like Dolly Parton as much as the next guy, if you know what I mean, and she’s real nice, pretty smart and talented and all,...but a genius? I don’t think so.

Nelson Mandela? Are you kidding? A guy too dumb to break out of jail for 30 years?

Mohammad Ali? You’re joking. Perhaps a genius for narcissistic self promotion and egotism.

Aretha is great. Great voice. Not smart enough to keep the weight off.

Philip Glass? A master of tedium and mind numbing repetition.

Bowie is pretty damn smart.

Real geniuses: Michaelangelo, Vermeer, Caravaggio,Leonardo da Vinci, JS Bach among others.

20 posted on 10/29/2007 1:15:14 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: COUNTrecount
And this list of "geniuses" was determined how, exactly?

Creators Synectics, a global consultants firm, chose their geniuses by awarding scores out of 10 to each entrant against a number of factors: paradigm shifting; popular acclaim; intellectual power; achievement and cultural importance. The firm emailed 4,000 Britons this summer and asked them to nominate up to 10 living people who they considered geniuses.

Oh. Buzzword voodoo.

I'm ... NOT ... impressed.

21 posted on 10/29/2007 1:19:24 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Utterly worthless.


22 posted on 10/29/2007 1:24:34 PM PDT by Hacklehead (I'm not here to make friends.)
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To: COUNTrecount

This list is stoopid! My name was supposed to be in the top ten!
And,,,”George Soros, the American financier and philanthropist?”
Gimme a break! Didn’t he almost cause The Bank of England to fail? And they vote for him?
Am I wrong about the Bank?


23 posted on 10/29/2007 1:28:04 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: COUNTrecount

Nonsense, AlGore invented the worldwide web. Everybody knows that.


24 posted on 10/29/2007 1:30:01 PM PDT by hershey
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To: COUNTrecount
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.

...

The Americans have 43 geniuses on the list – one per 6.9 million people.

Only in Britain would 24 British geniuses be a larger number than 43 American geniuses.

And why were Albert Einstein and the Wright Bros. left off the list?

Dolly Parton is more of a genius than Einstein or the Wrights?

Ri-ight...

25 posted on 10/29/2007 1:30:32 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (After six years of George W. Bush I long for the honesty and sincerity of the Clinton Administration)
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To: COUNTrecount

British brains are indubitably the most valuable brains on the planet.

Do you have any idea how may Brits it takes to produce a pound of brains?
Dr. Frank N. Stein

He’s right you know.
Eye-gore


26 posted on 10/29/2007 1:35:10 PM PDT by tumblindice (If you don't vote for Giuliani, the swallows won't return to Capistrano. Dammit.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Here are the people behind this.

Here is their "genius" survey results.

Their site is so chocked full of new age pablem it would be a great site to spoof but after looking at it and this "genius" list I wonder if someone is not pulling our legs.

27 posted on 10/29/2007 1:36:40 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Judy Ruliani - Could our next president be a drag....queen?)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Einstein and the Wright brothers have died a long time ago. This list lists living ‘geniuses’.


28 posted on 10/29/2007 1:37:49 PM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: COUNTrecount
When Paul Harvey started reading some of the names on the list, I immediately questioned the definition of "genius" used to produce the list. I second the need for a barf/hurl/spew alert in the title.
29 posted on 10/29/2007 1:39:19 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: COUNTrecount
It takes a lot to offset the lack of wisdom espoused by this guy...


30 posted on 10/29/2007 1:52:28 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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Matt Groening is NUMBER FOUR?

A man who's rudimentary cartoons had "that look" because he admittedly couldn't even draw a decent Charlie Brown???


31 posted on 10/29/2007 1:56:19 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: COUNTrecount

If they are all genuines, what are their measured IQs?

There are people who have an awareness about themselves and some things (like Robert Crumb) who would shrink from any suggestion that they are GENIUSES.

Then there are businessmen like Bill Gates who have ZERO forsight in the industry, let alone technical knowledge. He isn’t a scientist.

Bin Laden?

Soros?

And Brian Wilson, a man who’s mind had already collapsed in a nervous breakdown before long periods of LSD and cocaine use followed by harmful “counselling” that has taken him years to recover from. I’m all for the guy moving on with his life but it is shocking to hear him called a genuis, especially in his present condition. What are idiot savants?

Mohammed Ali? A boxer who’s damaged his head with physical confrontations for sport?


32 posted on 10/29/2007 2:03:15 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Note that Les Paul ISN’T in the list as an inventor or musician.


33 posted on 10/29/2007 2:07:12 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: Busywhiskers

Aw come on people, The American education system teaches it’s students thing also.

Like the correct way to put on a condom, how to be nice to homos and dykes, how to put their trust in teachers so that they are easy prey to be molested and they call them liers whenever they tell while the teacher goes free or is transfered to another district to search for new victums


34 posted on 10/29/2007 2:11:45 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: DBrow

I have to give Bowie more credence than some might. Forget what he has accomplished on his own, he has always been aware of things going on around him. He’s a chameleon who absorbs from others.

The Stardust in Ziggy Stardust came from the Legendary Stardust Cowboy of Lubbock Texas (who’s only chart success was a then contemporary but atypical radio hit called Paralyzed).

Bowie had also acquired an accetate of the Velvet Undergound’s album before it was released; he’d taken to covering one of the songs live before it even came out.

He mixed the third Stooges album and later revived Iggy Pop’s career in the 1970s at a point when he might’ve been written off completely.

He discovered Devo at the Ann Arbor Film Fest (they became a band to score their own film projects) and got them connected to Hollywood.

He had Stevie Ray Vaughan play session guitar on the Let’s Dance album before Stevie had secured a solo record deal.

Equal to the some of their parts? No but he does seem to pick up on some things and has a good success rate.


35 posted on 10/29/2007 2:19:51 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: DBrow

I have to give Bowie more credence than some might. Forget what he has accomplished on his own, he has always been aware of things going on around him. He’s a chameleon who absorbs from others.

The Stardust in Ziggy Stardust came from the Legendary Stardust Cowboy of Lubbock Texas (who’s only chart success was a then contemporary but atypical radio hit called Paralyzed).

Bowie had also acquired an accetate of the Velvet Undergound’s album before it was released; he’d taken to covering one of the songs live before it even came out.

He mixed the third Stooges album and later revived Iggy Pop’s career in the 1970s at a point when he might’ve been written off completely.

He discovered Devo at the Ann Arbor Film Fest (they became a band to score their own film projects) and got them connected to Hollywood.

He had Stevie Ray Vaughan play session guitar on the Let’s Dance album before Stevie had secured a solo record deal.

Equal to the some of their parts? No but he does seem to pick up on some things and has a good success rate.


36 posted on 10/29/2007 2:20:15 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

If you don’t read the daily paper you are uninformed.
If you read the MSM you are misinformed.


37 posted on 10/29/2007 2:27:29 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Man my Bullsh*t meter just broke....


38 posted on 10/29/2007 2:31:34 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: COUNTrecount
"Popular Acclaim" and "cultural importance" have squat to do with "genius." Case in point: consider the top two rap artists, Fifty Cent and Diddly. I rest my case.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "California Burning"

Here's my announcement of running for Congress in 2008.

39 posted on 10/29/2007 2:58:25 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: COUNTrecount

Wait, I don’t see “the smartest woman in the world”’s name on there!


40 posted on 10/29/2007 3:16:12 PM PDT by browniexyz
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To: COUNTrecount
The firm emailed 4,000 Britons this summer and asked them to nominate up to 10 living people who they considered geniuses.

They received back 1,100 nominations for individuals in all walks of life, more than 60 per cent of whom were either American or English. Only 60 per cent were still alive.

The list was created by British citizens. I think we can judge the level of British intelligence by the fact that they were asked to nominate living people they considered geniuses and only 60% of their choices were living.

41 posted on 10/29/2007 3:26:19 PM PDT by Joe Miner
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To: weegee

Nor is Brian May, who built his guitar at 17, wrote a number of hit songs with Queen, and recently completed his PhD in Astrophysics.

However, I entirely agree with the inclusion of Prince. He’s freaky weird, but completely brilliant.


42 posted on 11/04/2007 8:01:10 PM PST by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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To: Joe Miner
PING/followup...

Camelot Pulls Scratchcard Amid Numerical Anarchy

"I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher, not lower, than -8, but I'm not having it.

"I think Camelot are giving people the wrong impression - the card doesn't say to look for a colder or warmer temperature, it says to look for a higher or lower number. Six is a lower number than 8. Imagine how many people have been misled."


43 posted on 11/08/2007 2:07:11 PM PST by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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