Page 2 of 5
#42
Quote by SlackerBabbath
Really?
In what way?


Shut up and take your compliment!
I Have An Avant Garde Fetish....
Quote by Gantz92
Im in no way an amateur. I masturbate in public all the time.
Quote by Nelsean
I can get an erection just by looking at a plastic cup, or a river.
Quote by Obsceneairwaves
Don't worry, rape will always find a back way in
#43
Quote by Neo Evil11
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.

Well the idea was to draft a short list so I had to be selective. Otherwise I would agree with you.
#44
Quote by adamgur96
Shut up and take your compliment!

I'm perfectly happy to take the compliment, I'm just curious to know what area of influence I've had on him.

Besides, the opening post said "Post a short list of thinkers that have most influenced you along with a short reason why".
Last edited by SlackerBabbath at Nov 4, 2012,
#45
^ I was just joking

I Have An Avant Garde Fetish....
Quote by Gantz92
Im in no way an amateur. I masturbate in public all the time.
Quote by Nelsean
I can get an erection just by looking at a plastic cup, or a river.
Quote by Obsceneairwaves
Don't worry, rape will always find a back way in
#46
Holy shit, Tolkien was catholic? I had no idea.

OT: I dunno. What do you mean "thinkers that have influenced me"?
My parents, friends and teachers are the ones who've influenced my ways of thinking. Them I can discuss things with, and them I know. Not Aristotle or Aristokles, not Voltaire or Rosseau, nor any of those "great thinkers".
Quote by Todd Hart
Shooting your friends with a real gun is a definite faux pas.

Quote by mystical_1
Professor Plum in the Studio with a new Amp

Quote by snipelfritz
If only I were the only one at home right now. I don't need my parents asking who Mr. Wiggles is.
#47
Quote by SlackerBabbath
Yeah but as a devout Catholic Tolkien was apparently pretty pissed off when Lewis joined the Church of England.

I'm pretty sure he was with the Church of Ireland...
#48
Douglas Adams, for explaining flight..
Nothing to see here, move along...

Seriously! there is no point to this signature, move on to the next post!
#49
Quote by LostLegion
I'm pretty sure he was with the Church of Ireland...

He started off in the Church of Ireland, baptised into it at birth infact, (his grandfather was actualy a Church of Ireland priest) then he became an atheist, then he was influenced into converting back to Christianity by Tolkien, then he joined the Church of England.

That said, Church of Ireland and Church of England are pretty much the same thing, they're both Anglican.
Last edited by SlackerBabbath at Nov 4, 2012,
#50
I can't really narrow it down, but when i was in college, i met a guy who was really into psychology, he used to be able to read peoples body language, etc. and i found it quite interesting. He kind of used his knowledge to manipulate people at times, and so i learned to take what he said with a pinch of salt after a while.

Ever since then, i have been quite interested in psychology and how people work, and whilst i have never studied it academically, i pick up knowledge from random things that i come across, and apply it to every day life. I know people might say that this is just called growing up, but it is something that interests me and i am always looking for things to read about along those lines.
WHOMP

Think of that next time you are not allowed to laugh.
#51
Quote by SlackerBabbath
Really?
In what way?

well you showed me a different way of seeing my spiritual beliefs and taught me how to be more tolerant and accepting of others beliefs. you showed me how to view my reality in a more rational way as well as showing me a different way of seeing religion. not to mention the additional info on religion in general which was and still is a big part of my moral code.
If you do something right, no one will know you've done anything at all

Proud to be called Best Friends with Pastafarian96
#52
Quote by Tastytaco
Well the idea was to draft a short list so I had to be selective. Otherwise I would agree with you.

Do you study Economics?
Quote by Carmel
I can't believe you are whoring yourself out like that.

ಠ_ಠ
#53
Quote by Neo Evil11
Do you study Economics?

No, I'm a medical student. I guess I just like to read.
#54
Quote by Tastytaco
No, I'm a medical student. I guess I just like to read.

I thought so. Economics students normally wouldn't write down Adam Smith, Ricardo and Friedman.

Although in America Friedman must be pretty big. I like the stuff he has written. But I disagree that apart from his monetary theory he has done anything of importance. Ofcourse the monetary theory alone would probably be enough for a nobel prize >.>.
Quote by Carmel
I can't believe you are whoring yourself out like that.

ಠ_ಠ
#55
as a more clear answer Slacker pretty much changed my entire world view for the better.
If you do something right, no one will know you've done anything at all

Proud to be called Best Friends with Pastafarian96
#56
Quote by Harvey Swick
well you showed me a different way of seeing my spiritual beliefs and taught me how to be more tolerant and accepting of others beliefs. you showed me how to view my reality in a more rational way as well as showing me a different way of seeing religion. not to mention the additional info on religion in general which was and still is a big part of my moral code.

Quote by Harvey Swick
as a more clear answer Slacker pretty much changed my entire world view for the better.



That's nice to know.
#57
William Blake
At the heart of all of Blake's work is the contrast between human beings and the greater majesty of the universe around him. Although human beings can communicate what they see and try to make sense of it, the most logical eventuality is that the interpreter will give up and say, 'I am nothing.'

George Orwell
The common man is something to fight for. People do matter.

Diogenes of Sinope and Hunter S. Thompson
Same reason - both men were original and wouldn't let anyone to tell them any different.

Haruki Murakami
Although you may not matter in the grand scheme of things, the universe is still a wondrous place and you should enjoy the little place of the universe that you inhabit. Also music rocks and so does reading.

Ernest Hemingway
Words are precious. Use them sparingly.
#58
Quote by Neo Evil11
I thought so. Economics students normally wouldn't write down Adam Smith, Ricardo and Friedman.

Although in America Friedman must be pretty big. I like the stuff he has written. But I disagree that apart from his monetary theory he has done anything of importance. Ofcourse the monetary theory alone would probably be enough for a nobel prize >.>.

I particularly like Friedman because of the clarity of his explanations. I can not for the life of me name one economist who is as understandable and persuasive as Friedman. I don't agree with some of what he said, but he gets my praise for being clear in a field where many babble too often.
As for the classical economists, they make the list for influencing the thoughts of many and the workings of modern societies. Of course their models were perfected or abandoned with time (or had resurgences in popularity), but their main principles hold true and they explained difficult concepts in relatively easy language.

Lists should be short, but I also appreciate the work of Kenneth Arrow and J. M. Buchanan (among their others and their other work) on Public Choice Theory.
Last edited by Tastytaco at Nov 4, 2012,
#59
I dunno. I don't think I really follow anyone else's philosophical/intellectual views. Maybe I'm influenced by people who are influenced by other, more famous people, but that's hard to say.

That being said, my aunt and uncle on my dad's side are super intellects. I've always been kind of jealous/amazed at how much they know about nearly everything. It reminds me of how much I have to learn and expand on.
Quote by Trowzaa
I wish I was American.

~ A Rolling Potato Gathers No Moss ~
#60
Quote by eGraham
Maybe I'm influenced by people who are influenced by other, more famous people, but that's hard to say.


Isn't that pretty much how influence works? We are influenced by others, who in turn are influenced by others, who in turn.... ect, ect?
#61
Yea, you're right. It's obvious, but I thought it might need stating anyway

I meant to point out that it's impossible to know who all I've been influenced by.
Quote by Trowzaa
I wish I was American.

~ A Rolling Potato Gathers No Moss ~
#62
Quote by SlackerBabbath
Isn't that pretty much how influence works? We are influenced by others, who in turn are influenced by others, who in turn.... ect, ect?

I'm only quoting this to annoy Slacker, and because it's the first time in my presence on UG that I've ever seen him make a mistake (one I've noticed, at least), trivial or not, and I like to remind myself that even the great aren't truly infallible.

Anyway, as for 'thinkers' who've influenced me it is hard to say, but I guess people you're involved in during your early upbringing are fairly influential in how you develop. Otherwise, I'd say I'm often influenced towards learning about various subjects by people I meet/experience, though I'm not sure whether it constitutes a change of how I think - more a case of influencing where my interest wanders. Then again, if we take the definition to mean an altering of opinion, there are probably far more than I can remember.
Hey, look. Sigs are back.
#63
Quote by DisarmGoliath
I'm only quoting this to annoy Slacker, and because it's the first time in my presence on UG that I've ever seen him make a mistake (one I've noticed, at least), trivial or not, and I like to remind myself that even the great aren't truly infallible.



I'm constantly making mistakes like that, mainly because I have a mild form of dyslexia.

It wasn't so long ago that I had a spate of spelling 'certain' as 'cirtain' and I really struggled getting out of that habit.
#64
The answers here kinda surprise me, I was expecting a lot more.. modern stuff. Personally it's usually films, music, even people on here, just things that I think make sense in a way that I haven't seen before and make me think that inspire my current way of thinking and seeing things.

Of course I can't say I know anything about the old "thinkers" and whatnot.
Last edited by Bob_Sacamano at Nov 4, 2012,
#66
Quote by SlackerBabbath


I'm constantly making mistakes like that, mainly because I have a mild form of dyslexia.

Well, thanks for making me feel like a complete and utter bastard!



It wasn't so long ago that I had a spate of spelling 'certain' as 'cirtain' and I really struggled getting out of that habit.

Don't worry, I swear as school becomes more and more distant in the past (currently 5 years since I took my A Levels) I am having to check I've spelled something correctly more often. Then again, it doesn't help spending half my time typing on a Mac which wants to auto-correct to American English all the time.
Hey, look. Sigs are back.
#67
Quote by DisarmGoliath


Don't worry, I swear as school becomes more and more distant in the past (currently 5 years since I took my A Levels) I am having to check I've spelled something correctly more often. Then again, it doesn't help spending half my time typing on a Mac which wants to auto-correct to Correct English all the time.

ftfy

Just kidding, I don't want to start another language war here.
Quote by Trowzaa
I wish I was American.

~ A Rolling Potato Gathers No Moss ~
#68
Christopher Hitchens
"The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted."
#72
Quote by eGraham
ftfy

Just kidding, I don't want to start another language war here.

Oh, you!
Hey, look. Sigs are back.
#73
Quote by SlackerBabbath


I'm constantly making mistakes like that, mainly because I have a mild form of dyslexia.

It wasn't so long ago that I had a spate of spelling 'certain' as 'cirtain' and I really struggled getting out of that habit.

ugh that reminds me, i was told i was dyslexic in year 6 because i couldn't spell shit, but it was complete bollocks because i did good in my english gcse, i'm just a late bloomer (in many things, for example i did better in my maths AS level than my maths GCSE)

i think my intellectual influences are stephen pinker, stephen hawking, nick tyson, isaac newton, shakespeare, pythagorus and socrates
Click here to hear my BOB DYLAN (Blowing in the Wind) out right now May 2k17
#74
Quote by magnus_maximus
http://autotelic.com/adam_smith_wasn%27t_a_capitalist

"All for ourselves and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind."

Well I believe that there has been a lot of misquotation in that link (might as well have quoted Naomi Klein, no offense). Much of what he said applied to special interests and their rent-seeking behavior.
Anyways, I don't want to start a flame war, but I do believe that the interpretation of Adam Smith as an advocate for laissez-faire is accurate.
#75
^Welp, this is awkward
Quote by magnus_maximus
http://autotelic.com/adam_smith_wasn%27t_a_capitalist

"All for ourselves and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind."

This doesn't mean that he was against political economy at all. The Wealth of Nations was an attack on the tyranny of Mercantilism and Mandeville's Fable of the Bees (private vices are public benefits) and that statement wouldn't have surprised anyone. Smith wasn't a free-marketer anyway and he makes it pretty obvious with his entry on education.

Edit: I'll clarify the last bit. He did think that sometimes the market was inadequate in providing services (i.e. some educational courses might not be supplied due to low demand) and sometimes government can justifiably step in.
Last edited by Cianyx at Nov 4, 2012,
#76
Quote by laid-to-waste
... i did good in my english gcse...




Edit: Curse you, Magnus Ninjanimus!
Hey, look. Sigs are back.
#77
Akala - Developed my political thought in a more applicable way rather than theoretical

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Affirmed how ridiculously insignificant we are, but that that in itself is what gives us worth

Marxism - No particular thinker here, but the philosophy is the foundation of my world view

Dad - Consistently teaches me things about history/politics/economics much more accurately and more in depth than anything else.
Quote by whoomit
smoke weed chill an watvch rugrats errday
#78
Quote by magnus_maximus
http://www.heraldscotland.com/adam-smith-the-father-of-capitalism-and-one-of-its-fiercest-critics-1.834114

"As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed."

Bro, you just quoted the definition of free markets: "Likewise the problems of free markets were not to be solved by increased regulation of those markets, but by increased freedom in them: "To widen the market may frequently be agreeable enough to the interest of the public; but to narrow the competition must always be against it."
#79
Louis CK.

I don't have the mental capacity to read books on politics and philosophy, so the only thing I can do to make myself appear interesting is to quote crude jokes and pass them off as my own. It appeals to a very limited demographic.