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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Genius for Dummies

Somehow Paul Allen shows up on a list of the 10 smartest people in the world. This list must have been compiled by some of the dumbest people in the world. As David Letterman remarked last night after noting Allen's presence on the list, "I'd like to see the paperwork on that."

Comments (5)

I wish I had a penny for every dollar foolishly lost by a smart guy.

All top ten lists are iffy and debatable.

Paul Allen? On the same list as Professor Hawking?
I had the privilege of hearing Professor Hawking speak here in PDX back in 2001 (the company I was working for at the time was one of the sponsors), and got to meet him in a small group meet-n-greet.
What an incredible person...
cheers, Mike

It's Mike,
I went to that. At first when the voice box only said a sentence every few minutes, I thought, "This could be slow."
Then I realized we needed the extra time to ponder the last sentence, and it turned into one of the best lectures ever. His body was broken, but his spirit was mighty.
He said the universe was like the stretched skin of a balloon or the shadows from a fire on the roof of a cave.
All time, I'd still put Einstein at #1, but Einstein never had to struggle so hard to make his point.

P.S. One other weird note: In the course of around a week, I saw Hawking, Robin Williams, and Prince.

I think Paul Allen is a pretty bright guy. It's all the hangers around that have wrecked his empire.

Smart doesn't mean wise.

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