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post #31 of 71
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His History of Britain DVD set is great.

Excellent, have you read any of his books (I haven't, but am curious)?
post #32 of 71
Theodore Kaczynski
post #33 of 71
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Theodore Kaczynski

I think he's slightly inaccessible at the moment.
post #34 of 71
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Originally Posted by bkrstic View Post
Just remembered - Simon Schama (love The Power of Art, have A History of Britain on order)
Also Niall Ferguson.
post #35 of 71
I'll second both

Posner
Coase

and add

Stephen Breyer
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
George Akerlof
Robert Reich
Hal Varian
Oliver Williamson
Paul Romer
Alain de Botton (not strictly an "academic" but knowledgable and interesting, I think)

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post #36 of 71
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Its hard to know. He was fired for plagiarism, wasnt he?


....and fabricating sources, among other things. The whole "US Army gave smallpox to Indians" urban legend was attributable to him and found completely unproveable. The report from the University about him is lengthy, but incidentally quite informative about Indian Affairs and the (mis)treatment of Native Americans in general.

I'd agree with Posner and add Tim Flannery, John Keegan, Michael Porter, Antonin Scalia, and Al Gore
post #37 of 71
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Al Gore


I'm a pink-blooded, lefty democrat and I would NOT put Al Gore on my list of people to have dinner conversation with. No matter how much he has lightened up since his loss to GWB, he still seems too boring.


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post #38 of 71
Thomas Sowell
post #39 of 71
Gore Vidal
Bret Easton Ellis

And since it is SF:

Alan Flusser

Jon.
post #40 of 71
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
Leo Strauss

Surprisingly.

Jon.
post #41 of 71
Paul Fussell is pretty interesting.
post #42 of 71
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Originally Posted by ghulkhan View Post
A friend of mine and I are trying to build a list of well known academics for a project... This can be living professors that are known for something, book writers, thinkers etc..

Steven Levitt



I would pick Gary Becker over Levitt.

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post #43 of 71
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I don't see how a two-hit wonder of a pop journalist who only has an undergrad degree fits in a list of great contemporary academics. Seriously, Tipping Point was just a canned and dumbed down restatement of every well-known experiment discussed on a Psych 101 synopsis, not the product of any significant or intensive research or a conduit for any really enlightening new theories.

+1,00000000000000000000000000

Gladwell knows how to sell books but I wouldn't call him a serious academic or thinker.

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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
I'll second both

Posner
Coase

and add

Stephen Breyer
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
George Akerlof
Robert Reich
Hal Varian
Oliver Williamson
Paul Romer
Alain de Botton (not strictly an "academic" but knowledgable and interesting, I think)

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Nice list of economists rdawson. Is Ronald Coase still around? Hard to believe since his most influential work was done in the 1930s.

I would also add Paul Samuelson, Jim Heckman and my favorite nobel-prize winning economist (who is actually a psychologist), Daniel Kahneman.

I will also mention Alfred Chandler because he was a brilliant business historian and management thinker and only died a couple of months ago.
post #44 of 71
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Thomas Sowell

+1. I'd also add Wm. F. Buckley to the list.

And as controversial as he might be: Robert Bork. Then again if controversial is a disqualifier I have big problems with some of the previous nominations.
post #45 of 71
Concur on Buckley.

Also, Coase is still alive and well into his 90s.
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