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Well known academics and thinkers

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by ghulkhan, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. jpeirpont

    jpeirpont Well-Known Member

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    Paul Fussell is pretty interesting.
     
  2. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Well-Known Member

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    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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  3. EL72

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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.

    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)

    b


    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[​IMG]), 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.
     
  4. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  5. Tyto

    Tyto Well-Known Member

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    Concur on Buckley.

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

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    Milton Freidman would have been 95 yesterday.
     
  7. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Well-Known Member

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    Milton Freidman would have been 95 yesterday.

    What about Rose Friedman?
     
  8. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    What about Rose Friedman?

    Still alive.
     
  9. Ambulance Chaser

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    I also heartily endorse Richard Posner. U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, for whom Posner clerked, famously described him as one of two geniuses he has ever met. (The other individual was Brennan's colleague, Justice William Douglas.)

    I would add two law professors from opposing sides of the political spectrum, Cass Sunstein and Richard Epstein. Just don't let them get too close to each other -- they dislike each other for personal reasons.
     
  10. Manton

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    Never met Sunstein, but Epstein is impressive. Very "regular guy" in person.
     
  11. FLMountainMan

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    Thomas Sowell


    ...interesting. I just finished Affirmative Action Around the World and Race and Economics is currently third in my reading queue.
     
  12. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Well-Known Member

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    What about Rose Friedman?

    Still alive.

    Yes. I was unclear. I meant as an addition to the list.
     
  13. redcaimen

    redcaimen Well-Known Member

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    ....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


    Tim Flannery? You mean the late 70's early 80's Padre's utility player? This list is getting out of hand.
     
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    Francis Fukuyama
    Jared Diamond
    Michael Parenti
    Amartya Sen
     
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    Repping for a fellow alum

    Antonin Scalia, a thinking man's man.
     
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    Repping for a fellow alum

    Antonin Scalia, a thinking man's man.


    Did you go to Xavier? [​IMG]

    You guys must be smart. I've never heard of half these people....[​IMG]
     
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    Stephen Hawking
    Richard Posner
    Frank Easterbrook
    Robert Bork
     
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    rdawson808 Well-Known Member

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    Francis Fukuyama

    Ah, Fukuyama...one of the neocons who repented...

    The End of History and The Last Man is still on my rereading list.
     
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    Terry Eagleton
     

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