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

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  • Hammurabi

    1 3.45%
  • Charles Darwin

    1 3.45%
  • Other (please comment)

    5 17.24%
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    Most influential people of all-time

    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.
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    Most influential people of all-time

    I like it, but I'm wanting a mention for Constantine, Julius Caesar, and many others who were involved in ruling.
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    Christopher Columbus wasn't the first to discover the New World. IMO he is overrated.
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    You could definitely make a strong case for any of those plus about 50 others, but I'll go with Jesus. Regardless about how much of the New Testament is true, Christianity has influenced just so much over the last two millenniums, I think he has to top it. But really all those people were so influential, its hard to tell which is greater.
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
    Christopher Columbus wasn't the first to discover the New World.
    This is true. But he was the first one to make the Old World aware of the New World's existence, which had pretty drastic consequences on both hemispheres IMO.
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    All of them, except Columbus, plus there are many others.
    They, more or less, all have had significant influence over the world.
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    I had to go with Hammurabi. Written laws is something that has been an integral part of almost every society since.
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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    I'd just like to thank you for not including that asshole Steve Jobs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I'd just like to thank you for not including that asshole Steve Jobs.
    My word! :p

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    Re: Most influential people of all-time

    I votes Jesus, but he was not the founder of Christianity.
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