Intellectual Influences

I encountered this post at Inquirer Current this week. It links to Foreign Policy‘s survey of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals (subject to a simple criteria really) among its readers so out of interest, I participated.

One is allowed to choose 5 intellectuals so I opted for:

  • Lee Kuan Yew – The first PM of Singapore and still remains a very influential politician there after stepping down in 1990.
  • Jared Diamond – The UCLA professor won the pulitzer prize winner for his work “Guns Germs and Steel.” Also worth noting is his work “Collapse” which continues the analysis of societies from where the GGS left off.
  • Al Gore – The former U.S. VP under the Clinton administration hardly needs mention as the Nobel Peace Price winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” has promoted wide awareness on climate change.
  • Noam Chomsky – I first encountered his name for his work as a linguist when I was studying context free languages (CFL) in Automata Theory. Apart from his works in linguistics, the MIT professor has also been known for expressing his political views.
  • Thomas Friedman – The journalist and columnist authored “The World is Flat,” something which qualifies as a refreshing read for IT professionals.

Their biographies can be read here and those interested have until May 15 to cast their votes.

On a side note, that’s a pretty effective voting facility they have there.

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  1. […] than a month ago, I wrote of my participation in a Foreign Policy survey regarding the world’s top intellectuals of this age. Upon checking FP last week again, the […]

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