View Poll Results: Who is the most influential person of all-time?

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  • Christopher Columbus

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  • Jesus Christ

    18 62.07%
  • Isaac Newton

    2 6.90%
  • Johannes Gutenberg

    2 6.90%
  • Mohammed

    0 0%
  • Siddhartha Gautama

    0 0%
  • Adam Smith

    0 0%
  • Hammurabi

    1 3.45%
  • Charles Darwin

    1 3.45%
  • Other (please comment)

    5 17.24%
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    Gutenberg, Newton, and Darwin would be my top 3. I was tempted to reverse the order, but realized that the former enabled the others to put forth their contributions with greater ease and broadened scope.

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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    I'm gonna go with Jesus.
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    I'd vote for Lorenzo d'Medici because he was the banker that financed the prolific movers of the Italian Renaissance including Leonardo DaVinci, Raphael, Michaelangelo, etc.

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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    Charles Manson, I met him once before he did his thing because my uncle was in the same music scene. When he looked into my eyes I felt like I had been mind raped, still gives me the creeps.

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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I made a thread about the most influential people of the 20th century, and I got lots of interesting responses. So I thought I'd do the same thing for ALL of history. Who do you consider the most influential people in history? Here is my top 10 list right now:

    1. Johannes Gutenberg (For the invention of the printing press, which made it possible to effectively communicate and store information over long distances and periods of time)
    2. Hammurabi
    (For creating the concept of a written rule of law, to which people were held accountable)
    3. Jesus Christ (For the funding of Christianity)
    4. Isaac Newton (For establishing modern physics and calculus)
    5. Christopher Columbus (For discovering the New World, and ushering in the age of exploration and globalism)
    6. Mohammed (For the founding of Islam)
    7. Siddhartha Gautama (For the founding of Buddhism)
    8. Charles Darwin (For establishing the theory of evolution and natural selection, which is the foundation of virtually all of modern biology and pharmacology)
    9. Adam Smith (For the theory of capitalism and free markets, which has led to an explosion of prosperity and scientific progress around the world)
    10. Confucius (For the founding of Confucian philosophy)



    Who else do you think belongs on this list? Who do you think is overrated? I'm curious to hear some other thoughts on this.
    I think your list is way wrong. Most who founded religions should not be on any list except those that deserve a strong beating for ruining the modern world. But then again, human ways was bound to ruin it anyways.

    And I think one of the most important persons you forgot to mention was Nikola Tesla. He came up with wireless communication and the electrical grid and radio that you take for granted.

    There are like 12 people off my mind that made bigger contribution then 9 of yours.

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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Charles Manson, I met him once before he did his thing because my uncle was in the same music scene. When he looked into my eyes I felt like I had been mind raped, still gives me the creeps.
    Did he have that much of an impact or did reflection after the crime embellish it?
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    Most influential people of all-time

    Quote Originally Posted by Running View Post
    I think your list is way wrong. Most who founded religions should not be on any list except those that deserve a strong beating for ruining the modern world. But then again, human ways was bound to ruin it anyways.

    And I think one of the most important persons you forgot to mention was Nikola Tesla. He came up with wireless communication and the electrical grid and radio that you take for granted.

    There are like 12 people off my mind that made bigger contribution then 9 of yours.
    Tesla is minuscule in comparison to the religious leaders and founders of world history. Don't let your bias cloud the obvious judgment about influence.
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    Quote Originally Posted by Running View Post
    I think your list is way wrong. Most who founded religions should not be on any list except those that deserve a strong beating for ruining the modern world. But then again, human ways was bound to ruin it anyways.
    "Influential people" don't necessarily have to have a positive impact on the world. And I think it's a bit hard to deny that major religious leaders played a major role in shaping cultures all around the world.

    And I think one of the most important persons you forgot to mention was Nikola Tesla. He came up with wireless communication and the electrical grid and radio that you take for granted.
    I think you've just been reading The Oatmeal today.
    All kidding aside, Tesla was important, but the fact that he's so recent reduces his influence IMO. The farther into the past you go, the easier it is to see the ultimate impact of a person's accomplishments...that's why the most recent person on my list was Charles Darwin, who made his biggest accomplishment 153 years ago. For that matter, I didn't even include Tesla in my top 10 of the 20th century.

    There are like 12 people off my mind that made bigger contribution then 9 of yours.
    Like who?
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    Quote Originally Posted by Running View Post
    I think your list is way wrong. Most who founded religions should not be on any list except those that deserve a strong beating for ruining the modern world. But then again, human ways was bound to ruin it anyways.

    And I think one of the most important persons you forgot to mention was Nikola Tesla. He came up with wireless communication and the electrical grid and radio that you take for granted.

    There are like 12 people off my mind that made bigger contribution then 9 of yours.
    Tesla did build the first cell phone tower and he has not been given proper credit for AC while people look the other way while Edison electrocuted cats and dogs to discredit Tesla.
    My main function as a Christian is to be the biggest possible jerk as a demonstration of the awe found in God's Grace and Forgiveness. (That love part comes in to play at some point)

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