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Who would you want to meet?
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:36:25 pm »
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In reading the P sections of RSP lately, I've been astounded at how informed our non-American members are about our political system, candidates, and situations.  It got me thinking about worldview, and how all the cultures of the world do or don't think about the rest of the world.  So here's a version of that dinner party topic. If you could meet any 3 people, alive or dead, who would they be, and why?

Assume that there are no barriers (language, cultural, physical, temporal, etc.) to communication. Anybody, no restrictions, other than they need to be or have been real.  I might start another thread for fictional characters.

Edit:  Added second paragraph.
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Re: Who would you want to meet?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012, 03:54:23 am »
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In reading the P sections of RSP lately, I've been astounded at how informed our non-American members are about our political system, candidates, and situations.  It got me thinking about worldview, and how all the cultures of the world do or don't think about the rest of the world.  So here's a version of that dinner party topic. If you could meet any 3 people, alive or dead, who would they be, and why?

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2012, 04:15:48 am »
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In reading the P sections of RSP lately, I've been astounded at how informed our non-American members are about our political system, candidates, and situations.  It got me thinking about worldview, and how all the cultures of the world do or don't think about the rest of the world.  So here's a version of that dinner party topic. If you could meet any 3 people, alive or dead, who would they be, and why?

Jesus (That would solve that argument)
Alexander the Great (Legend)
And Captain Frisk (So we could have a game of Mafia while we were there)
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Re: Who would you want to meet?
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2012, 04:18:35 am »
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Jesus and Einstein.
And Bill Gates to hand over my resumé. ;D
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Re: Who would you want to meet?
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2012, 04:36:05 am »
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Gertrude Stein
Kublai Khan
Vincent Baker

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Re: Who would you want to meet?
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2012, 09:05:58 am »
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In reading the P sections of RSP lately, I've been astounded at how informed our non-American members are about our political system, candidates, and situations.  It got me thinking about worldview, and how all the cultures of the world do or don't think about the rest of the world.  So here's a version of that dinner party topic. If you could meet any 3 people, alive or dead, who would they be, and why?

do i get a universal translator
You do indeed.  Did the question affect your choices at all?:

Gertrude Stein
Kublai Khan
Vincent Baker

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Am I dim, or were they only evident to you(rself)?  Vincent Baker the game designer?
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 09:09:19 am »
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nearly relevant xkcd: http://xkcd.com/567/
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2012, 09:56:15 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)
Alexander the Great (Legend)
And Captain Frisk (So we could have a game of Mafia while we were there)

You listed the same person twice.
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Re: Who would you want to meet?
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2012, 09:58:16 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)

Would it?

If you came back with the knowledge one way or another, would it change anything?
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2012, 10:00:33 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)

Would it?

If you came back with the knowledge one way or another, would it change anything?
Well, probably not as no one will believe you've actually met him.
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 10:06:50 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)

Would it?

If you came back with the knowledge one way or another, would it change anything?

Well it would answer it for me, so that would be my salvation sorted, who cares about the rest of you!


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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2012, 10:07:18 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)
Alexander the Great (Legend)
And Captain Frisk (So we could have a game of Mafia while we were there)

You listed the same person twice.

Is it the sandals and the beard?
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« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2012, 10:09:14 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)

Would it?

If you came back with the knowledge one way or another, would it change anything?

Well it would answer it for me, so that would be my salvation sorted, who cares about the rest of you!
If you're salvation is sorted by Jesus, it means he existed as believed by christians and that means he cares about all of us!
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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2012, 10:11:24 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)

Would it?

If you came back with the knowledge one way or another, would it change anything?

Well it would answer it for me, so that would be my salvation sorted, who cares about the rest of you!
If you're salvation is sorted by Jesus, it means he existed as believed by christians and that means he cares about all of us!

Everybody brings a gift to a dinner party, bottle of wine, flowers, etc....KI cant see why Jesus can't bring eternal salvation!
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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2012, 10:25:43 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)

Would it?

If you came back with the knowledge one way or another, would it change anything?

Hey, at the very least, not only would I know for certain whether Christianity is right or not, but I could at least try to get out of him why he doesn't do more to let people know about him. Omniscient divine being or not, it'd be difficult for me to not say, "So, you do realize that the current information-distributing system in place right now isn't working, right? Most people need something more conclusive than, 'This man-made book says so.' When we're done here, would you be willing to make a few appearances? Or maybe at least let me know why you won't do so?"

Though, I'm not sure I'd choose Jesus. What if he isn't the son of God? What if I should speak with Mohammad? Maybe there are other holy figures I should consider first in order to avoid wasting my three opportunities. Great, it's another Pascal's wager.

Though, I think meeting the Buddha would be cool in general and not for any sense of divinity. 
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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2012, 10:40:10 am »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)

Would it?

If you came back with the knowledge one way or another, would it change anything?

Hey, at the very least, not only would I know for certain whether Christianity is right or not, but I could at least try to get out of him why he doesn't do more to let people know about him. Omniscient divine being or not, it'd be difficult for me to not say, "So, you do realize that the current information-distributing system in place right now isn't working, right? Most people need something more conclusive than, 'This man-made book says so.' When we're done here, would you be willing to make a few appearances? Or maybe at least let me know why you won't do so?"

Though, I'm not sure I'd choose Jesus. What if he isn't the son of God? What if I should speak with Mohammad? Maybe there are other holy figures I should consider first in order to avoid wasting my three opportunities. Great, it's another Pascal's wager.

Though, I think meeting the Buddha would be cool in general and not for any sense of divinity.

Hmm, good point.

What if I just went for 'God' and hope it turned out to be Alanis Morisette..?
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Re: Who would you want to meet?
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2012, 10:45:29 am »
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Three is a tough number.  Very low.  Do I get to affect the timeline by talking with them?

Richard Feynman
Carl Sagan
Henry Moseley

I would make an exception to my complete lack of drugs and try weed while hanging out with Feynman and Sagan.

And to Moseley I would say "Don't enlist, you crazy man.  You have too much science left to do!"
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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2012, 12:54:05 pm »
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Jesus (That would solve that argument)

Would it?

If you came back with the knowledge one way or another, would it change anything?

Hey, at the very least, not only would I know for certain whether Christianity is right or not, but I could at least try to get out of him why he doesn't do more to let people know about him. Omniscient divine being or not, it'd be difficult for me to not say, "So, you do realize that the current information-distributing system in place right now isn't working, right? Most people need something more conclusive than, 'This man-made book says so.' When we're done here, would you be willing to make a few appearances? Or maybe at least let me know why you won't do so?"

Though, I'm not sure I'd choose Jesus. What if he isn't the son of God? What if I should speak with Mohammad? Maybe there are other holy figures I should consider first in order to avoid wasting my three opportunities. Great, it's another Pascal's wager.

Though, I think meeting the Buddha would be cool in general and not for any sense of divinity.

Hmm, good point.

What if I just went for 'God' and hope it turned out to be Alanis Morisette..?
God can't be Alanis Morisette.  Michele Shocked has already told us that god is a real estate developer.
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2012, 01:04:34 pm »
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Jesus and Einstein.
And Bill Gates to hand over my resumé. ;D
If Steve Jobs was still around, would you have a second resume handy, or are you a committed Microsoft guy?

Is your picture a new addition to your avatar?  I just noticed it for the first time.
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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2012, 01:34:48 pm »
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I'd have to go with

Leonardo da Vinci (just so much to talk about, so many fields)
Nikola Tesla (close call over Einstein)
Groucho Marx (cause I like to laugh)

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« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2012, 01:57:22 pm »
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Jesus and Einstein.
And Bill Gates to hand over my resumé. ;D
If Steve Jobs was still around, would you have a second resume handy, or are you a committed Microsoft guy?

Is your picture a new addition to your avatar?  I just noticed it for the first time.
I'm generally a Microsoft guy, because that's what I grew up with and acquainted myself with.
My day job is programming C# / .NET.

But I'm hardly religious about it, I have an iPhone for instance.
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Re: Who would you want to meet?
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2012, 02:33:24 pm »
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Tough one.

Leonardo da Vinci
J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Hitchens

EDIT: I actually typed this up before seeing SwitchedFromStarCraft's answer, and now I really want to append Tesla to this.  Can I just make it four?
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« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2012, 04:27:11 pm »
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Tough one.

Leonardo da Vinci
J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Hitchens

EDIT: I actually typed this up before seeing SwitchedFromStarCraft's answer, and now I really want to append Tesla to this.  Can I just make it four?
Seeing your answer I want to append da Vinci and Tolkien.

I want to be read to by Tolkien just like his son Christopher was.
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« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2012, 05:35:47 pm »
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Hmm, can i take out Frisk and put in Douglas Adams?
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« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2012, 05:41:46 pm »
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Hmm, can i take out Frisk and put in Douglas Adams?
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