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Toward A Top 100 Most Influential (Organizing the List Part 2))

TOWARD A TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL LIST (SEE FULL BIOS IN MAIN POST BELOW)   

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  1. 1. Pick 10 historical figures that have influence human history the most? (Note: this isn't a moral or ethical question or a like or dislike question).

    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Alexander Hamilton
    • Adolf Hitler
    • Mao Zedong
    • The Beatles
    • Josef Stalin
    • Alexander the Great
    • Buddha
    • Christopher Columbus
    • Galileo
    • Leonardo da Vinci
    • Saint Paul
    • Genghis Khan
    • Mikhail Gorbachev
    • James Madison
    • Walt Disney
    • Virgin Mary
    • Niels Bohr
    • J Robert Oppenheimer
    • Adam and Eve
    • Neil Armstrong
    • Pericles
    • Deng Xiaoping


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Abraham Lincoln Prevented the breakup of the United States with stellar leadership during the Civil War. Laid the foundation for the abolition of slavery in the United States. Centralized the United States, which made America’s dominance in the 20th century possible. Injected Federal power into the daily lives of its citizens via homestead acts, education land grant acts, etc; first Republican president.
Alexander Hamilton Laid down the foundations for America's economic system, arguably the greatest economy in world history; Co-wrote the Federalists Papers, which helped ratify the Constitution; Leader of the Federalists, one of the first two national political parties.
Adolf Hitler initiated World War II and created the holocaust. WWII led to a weaker, more peaceful Europe. The holocaust led to the creation Israel. Hitler’s Nazism is often used as an example to misrepresent both nationalistic conservatives ideologies and Socialism. Indirectly led to European Union, and United Nations. Synonym for evil and authoratarian rule or tendencies.
Mao Zedong Founding father of the People’s Republic of China, the most populated Communist government in history. He laid the foundations for China as a world power through reform policies. His form of communism, known as Maoism, is often an example to misrepresent Socialism.
The Beatles The most influential and best-selling band of all time; fundamentally changed pop music and the music industry worldwide; had large impact on sociocultural movements; arguably the most diverse and experimental band as well, mastering a range of inventive styles.
Joseph Stalin Rapidly industrialized Russia into a superpower that both helped end World War II and led to another conflict, as one of the two major powers during the Cold War. Stalinism has often been used as an example to misrepresent Socialism. Russia’s relative strength today is due in part to Stalin’s regime.
Alexander the Great Arguably the most successful military commander of all-time and king of one of the world's largest empires, which created cultural diffusion and syncretism by Hellenizing Asia Minor, North Africa, the Middle East, and sections of Central Asia; Led to the Hellenization of Judaism, which made the transition to Pauline Christianity possible.
Buddha Founder of Buddhism, one of the largest religions in the world.
Christopher Columbus His exploration of the New World led to the permanent European colonization of the Western Hemisphere and the direct or indirect extermination of the majority of the natives of the New World; all sort of goods, plants, animals, etc. were traded between the hemispheres after Columbus.
Galileo The "Father of Modern Science" for his laws of motion and improvements on observational astronomy; went against traditional and religious thought that the Universe was perfect by showing that celestial objects were imperfect spheres and they moved in imperfect circles.
Leonardo da Vinci Painted some of the most popular and most reproduced works of art; considered the epitome of a "Renaissance Man" for being arguably the most diversely talented person in human history; made several unrealized scientific discoveries and innovations in a variety of field, but had little impact on the independent discoveries as he never published his findings and they remained unknown for a long time.
St. Paul Most important figure in the spread and survival of Christianity by hellenizing it and making it palatable to non-Jewish Roman citizens; all major sects of Christianity today are Pauline, rather than Jamesian, Gnostic, etc., which were prevalent in Paul's time.
Genghis Khan First Great Khan and Emperor of the Mongol Empire, arguably the largest Empire in human history, although the empire was split after his death; conquored China and committed genocide, altering the genetics of East and Central Asia.
Mikhail Gorbachev Reformed the USSR towards social democrazy and Western tolerances, including limited market capitalism; arguably the most influential figure in the breakup of the USSR, despite his intentions to keep it together.
James Madison "Father of the US Constitution" for his role in getting the convention organized; co-wrote the Federalist Papers; architect of Jeffersonian Republicanism; wrote a Resolution that laid the Foundation for secession; 4th US President; presided during War of 1812.
Walt Disney Arguably the most influential figure in the animation industry; Disney theme parks have spread worldwide
Virgin Mary According to Biblical tradition, the only virgin woman to give birth in human history; said to be the mother of Jesus Christ; venerated in Christianity, most notably by Catholics.
Niels Bohr Made the foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory
J Robert Oppenheimer The "Father of the Atomic Bomb" by developing the first used atomic bombs as part of the Manhattan Project
Adam and Eve Whether biblical Adam Eve or the hypothetical DNA common ancestors, Mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosmal Adam, they are the most recent common ancestors of all living human beings.
Neil Armstrong First human to land on a celestial body outside of Earth--the Moon
Pericles Presided during the Golden Age of Greece; fostered Athenian Democracy, the world's earliest known Democracy
Deng Xiaoping Initiated the economic-market reforms that made China the production capital of the world by the 21st century and a major power

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This is a really stacked list. Choosing 10 might be impossible (especially considering I picked under 10 in the last one)

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4 minutes ago, ThePotatoWalrus said:

This is a really stacked list. Choosing 10 might be impossible (especially considering I picked under 10 in the last one)

Wait until the final list tomorrow. That one will be even harder. 

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15 minutes ago, ThePotatoWalrus said:

This is a really stacked list. Choosing 10 might be impossible (especially considering I picked under 10 in the last one)

A stacked list in terms of your educated and rational view of their influence on history, or the flawed view (and ignoring the real question) that @Wiw and @Conservative Elector 2 were making of having to admire and agree with the figures and what they stood for, as well?

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

Wait until the final list tomorrow. That one will be even harder. 

This list was much easier than the last one, IMO.  People are overrating the political figures.

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5 hours ago, Patine said:

A stacked list in terms of your educated and rational view of their influence on history, or the flawed view (and ignoring the real question) that @Wiw and @Conservative Elector 2 were making of having to admire and agree with the figures and what they stood for, as well?

I selected Hitler and Stalin. You may be able to feel better now ;) 

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22 minutes ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

I selected Hitler and Stalin. You may be able to feel better now ;) 

I was referencing your first go over, in that light.

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3 hours ago, Patine said:

I was referencing your first go over, in that light.

Yeah, but that means I am able to understand criticism and I know how to adapt my deeds.

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6 minutes ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

Yeah, but that means I am able to understand criticism and I know how to adapt my deeds.

True. I was just using your first go over as an example to @ThePotatoWalrus, who seems all ready to repeat the error. I wasn't implying, you, yourself, had not learned.

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49 minutes ago, Patine said:

True. I was just using your first go over as an example to @ThePotatoWalrus, who seems all ready to repeat the error. I wasn't implying, you, yourself, had not learned.

Great!

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I'll close this poll at around 9pm EST and then do the final poll of this kind. There will be further polls to break ties. 

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I messed it up and voted for all of them. Well, Disney would definitely be a candidate.

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Just now, Wiw said:

I messed it up and voted for all of them. Well, Disney would definitely be a candidate.

Tell me the 10 you vote for then, or it's going to mess up the vote. Otherwise, I'll just not count your vote and subtract 1 vote from everyone. 

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Lincoln, Hamilton, Alexander the Great, Columbus, Galileo, da Vinci, Genghis Khan, Disney, Bohr, Armstrong, Pericles.

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2 minutes ago, Wiw said:

Lincoln, Hamilton, Alexander the Great, Columbus, Galileo, da Vinci, Genghis Khan, Disney, Bohr, Armstrong, Pericles.

Thanks

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3 hours ago, Wiw said:

I messed it up and voted for all of them. Well, Disney would definitely be a candidate.

There you go. The Dark Prince of Hollywood.

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4 hours ago, vcczar said:

I'll close this poll at around 9pm EST and then do the final poll of this kind. There will be further polls to break ties. 

I'll make an effort. I've been very distracted in RL, lately.

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15 hours ago, Patine said:

There you go. The Dark Prince of Hollywood.

Yeah... exactly.

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