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Post a short list of thinkers that have most influenced you along with a short reason why. These can range from philosophical, political to economic thinkers.
Absolutely no attacks on others' beliefs or name calling and you will be polite. Polite and constructive discussion is welcome.

To start the thread, in no particular order:
-John Locke, for his political work on separating government powers, but especially on his thoughts on rights of man.
-David Ricardo, for his work on economics and rationalizing free trade through the theory of comparative advantage.
-Adam Smith, for his work on the observation of markets and father of modern economics.
-Hippocrates, as the father of Western medicine. An obvious choice for a medical student.
-Milton Friedman, for his academic work (on monetary theory especially) and for his political work in an era where the intellectual climate was against him.

Edit: You can name fictional influences along with family members and pretty much anyone you can think of. Add a short sentence explaining why though.
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Stephen Hawking - He doesn't let his body stop his research, he has adapted and changed, and he can explain complex ideas and theories in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy.
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Stephen Hawking - He doesn't let his body stop his research, he has adapted and changed, and he can explain complex ideas and theories in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy.

If he's so smart than why can't he learn how to walk?
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If he's so smart than why can't he learn how to walk?
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-Jesus and others in the Bible; not hard to figure that one out.
- C. S. Lewis because he was a very "natural Christian."
-Perry Stone because he is also very natural and literal about his Christianity.

Those are the only ones I can think of that influence me but there also a couple who have been able to say the things that I already had thought:

- V (are fictional characters allowed?) because he emphasized the power of abstract ideas.
-Tyler Durden. I can't talk about him.

I guess I could say Kurt Cobain (so cliche) used to be but not so much anymore. I still like a few things he said.
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Jay - For helping me understand myself and my disease better

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita - for pretty much everything he has ever done
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- C. S. Lewis because he was a very "natural Christian."


C. S. Lewis was converted to christianity by JRR Tolkien, what's natural about that?
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-Jesus

Yeah, even as an atheist I'd agree with that, his quoting of the Golden Rule and lessons on not judging others were very inspiring.
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C. S. Lewis was converted to christianity by JRR Tolkien, what's natural about that?


Yup, but that's not what I meant by natural at all. Lewis was a Christian that put his biblical beliefs into the senses of the world around him.
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I'm pretty sure C.S. Lewis was baptised by the Church of Ireland, then he stopped believing in Christianity, then when he was 30-something he went back because of Tolkien.

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I'm glad y'all bring up Tolkien because I thought about him when I was making my original list but didn't add him because I don't know as much about him.
For how can I give the King his place of worth above all else
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Quote by Tastytaco
Post a short list of thinkers that have most influenced you along with a short reason why. These can range from philosophical, political to economic thinkers.
Absolutely no attacks on others' beliefs or name calling and you will be polite. Polite and constructive discussion is welcome.

To start the thread, in no particular order:
-John Locke, for his political work on separating government powers, but especially on his thoughts on rights of man.
-David Ricardo, for his work on economics and rationalizing free trade through the theory of comparative advantage.
-Adam Smith, for his work on the observation of markets and father of modern economics.
-Hippocrates, as the father of Western medicine. An obvious choice for medical student.
-Milton Friedman, for his academic work (on monetary theory especially) and for his political work in an era where the intellectual climate was against him.

I dont understand the ricardo one. Why not take krugman instead? Or those others with better models than Ricardo?.

My list
- John nash for game theory
-Paul krugman for his trade and new economic growth theories (not his macro stuff)
-f.a. hayek for his work on the austrian business cycle theory as well as the economic calculation problem.
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I'm pretty sure C.S. Lewis was baptised by the Church of Ireland, then he stopped believing in Christianity, then when he was 30-something he went back because of Tolkien.


Are you forgetting someone?


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Ricardo's idea on comparative trade isn't too bad though. If he liked Ricardo for his LTV, theory of distribution or growth then maybe we'd have a problem.
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Yup, but that's not what I meant by natural at all. Lewis was a Christian that put his biblical beliefs into the senses of the world around him.


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Stephen Hawking - He doesn't let his body stop his research, he has adapted and changed, and he can explain complex ideas and theories in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy.

You do realise that makes him sound like the Terminator, right?
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C. S. Lewis was converted to christianity by JRR Tolkien,


Yeah but as a devout Catholic Tolkien was apparently pretty pissed off when Lewis joined the Church of England.
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You do realise that makes him sound like the Terminator, right?

How do YOU know he hasn't mounted a few kilowatt lasers on board his wheel chair?
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the pastor at the church i went to up until i was 12, who then helped me and my 2 sisters when it came to maths, being an ex maths teacher
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How do YOU know he hasn't mounted a few kilowatt lasers on board his wheel chair?

Now that you mention it, that is a possibility.


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the pastor at the church i went to up until i was 12, who then helped me and my 2 sisters when it came to maths, being an ex maths teacher

Until you said 'when it came to maths' I was convinced that was going to be a paedo joke!
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- Leon Trotsky/Karl Marx
- George Orwell
- Franz Kafka
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Ricardo's idea on comparative trade isn't too bad though. If he liked Ricardo for his LTV, theory of distribution or growth then maybe we'd have a problem.

But heksher-ohlin was much better.
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