Monday, October 29, 2007

the top 100 living geniuses (or genii)

tomorrow's telegraph has this list. no information on the page how it was compiled. is it designed to create conflict? how can one make such decisions, and who made them? criteria please.

meanwhile, dealing with what is on the page, the greatest living genius according to the telegraph is (drum roll ...):

and it is a tie, between Albert Hoffman and Tim Berners-Lee!

according to our friends at google and wiki, albert hoffman is probably albert hofman, a swiss chemist, the creator of lysergic acid diethylamide (lsd). tim berners-lee is, of course, the reason we are here at this moment.

ok, but then look at the list:

4th is matt groening, and equal fifth is nelson mandela.

the first woman in the list is flossie wong-staal, credited as the co-discoverer of the hiv virus. she is equal 32nd with, among others, prince, noam chomsky and bobby fischer. and rupert murdoch is 12 places above her.

bill gates is equal 43rd with osama bin laden, philip roth and mohammed ali.

j k rowling is equal 83rd with ken russell and kalashnikov of the weapon.

no, this is too much procrastination even for me! if you need to get a bit aggravated yourself, however, do have a look at this list. meanwhile, all i can say is poppycock and balderdash!

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