My Top 10: Greatest Minds in History

This one took me a lot of thought, and I tried to only include good contributions.  Here’s today’s top 10:

  1. Stephen Hawking (So I’m reading his book right now and his genius is undeniable.  Probably the greatest scientific mind alive right now.)
  2. Muhammad Ali (So I know people will think this is because of his ability to trash talk poetically, but honestly it’s about how he was able to respond to racism and a war that he thought was unjust.  A smart man, but also an incredibly bold and brave man.)
  3. George Carlin (He shaped the way I think about language more than any other human in history so I include him.)
  4. Albert Einstein (there are the obvious reasons, but also some of my favorite quotes of all time are attributed to him. “Everyone is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will grow up believing it’s stupid.”)
  5. Nikola Tesla (The man who came up with a better energy source and tried to give it away.  Edison may be better remembered but Tesla was in many ways superior.)
  6. Elon Musk (Not only is he the only person to create two billion dollar businesses, but also he is making alternate fuel sources stylish but also opening up the patent for others in order to save the planet.
  7. Martin Luther King Jr. (He’s not the only person responsible for the progress in the Civil Rights Movement but he is the most recognizable, and his progress through peaceful protest showed just how much vision he had.)
  8. Jon Stewart (Not the Green Lantern, but the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.  The man was the only voice truly skewering the media for several years, and his impact on the current landscape of political and media satire is self evident.)
  9. Neil Degrasse Tyson (He made science cool again, and he has done a lot in recent years to make science applicable to the masses.)
  10. William Shakespeare (Seems like a cop out?  Well I think the fact that nearly all fiction follows a formula he set in place, and the fact that there is serious doubt his attributed works could even all be his, make him more impressive assuming they actually are all his.)

So that’s today’s list.  Who do you think we’re the greatest minds of all time?

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