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Part 37: 100 Most Influential


Part 37: 100 Most Influential  

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  1. 1. Which of the following are among the most 100 influential people of all time? (See post for descriptions)

    • Virgin Mary
    • Vladimir Lenin
    • Vladimir Putin
    • Vladimir Zworykin
    • Voltaire
    • Walt Disney
    • Walt Whitman
    • Wangari Maathai
    • Werner Heisenberg
    • Whitcomb Judson
    • None of the above have been among one of the 100 most influential people.

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  • Poll closed on 06/28/2022 at 06:10 PM

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Here's the next part of the 100 most influential rankings. 


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Virgin Mary According to Biblical tradition, the only virgin woman to give birth in human history; said to be the mother of Jesus Christ; venerated in Christianity, most notably by Catholics.
Vladimir Lenin Led the Russian Communism party to victory during the Russian Revolution; founded and led the Soviet Union and remained an icon for them after his death.
Vladimir Putin Returned Russia to status of major power following Cold War collapse
Vladimir Zworykin Played a crucial role in inventing the system for early televisions in the 1930s; Some consider him the "Father of Television"
Voltaire Writer, philosopher, and wit who was crucial in the development of advocacy for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the separation of church and state. Had a big impact on the French Revolution.
Walt Disney Arguably the most influential figure in the animation industry; Disney theme parks have spread worldwide
Walt Whitman The "Father of Free Verse," his unrhymed poetry, which often embrace the democratic, self-reliant, and inclusive nature of America, influence later generations of poets, almost all who write in free verse primarily
Wangari Maathai Influential Environmentalist. Founded the Greenbelt Movement. First African woman to win Nobel Prize. First African Woman from East or Central Africa to earn a PhD.
Werner Heisenberg While not the founder of quantum mechanics, he's probably the most influential figure within it for his "Uncertainty Principle" and other theories; huge impact on the study of atoms, radiation, and nuclear programs.
Whitcomb Judson Invented the zipper
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Ironically, the one I'm most uncertain on is Heisenberg.  Mostly because, while his contributions are undeniably important, a lot of his heavy hitting research tells us what we *cannot* do, as opposed to what we *can* do, so I think the jury may still be out if you asked about his research in say, 100 or 200 years.  That may be the toxic optimist in me talking, though.  Voted for him regardless.

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"According to Biblical tradition, the only virgin woman to give birth in human history"

Not really


The term conception in this context does not mean the active or generative conception by her parents. Her body was formed in the womb of the mother, and the father had the usual share in its formation. The question does not concern the immaculateness of the generative activity of her parents. Neither does it concern the passive conception absolutely and simply (conceptio seminis carnis, inchoata), which, according to the order of nature, precedes the infusion of the rational soul. The person is truly conceived when the soul is created and infused into the body. Mary was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin at the first moment of her animation, and sanctifying grace was given to her before sin could have taken effect in her soul.

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3 hours ago, Patine said:

Voted. I'm not really sure, in the grand scope of history, Putin really deserves to be here, or brings anything worthy to the table, regardless of hogging the news nowadays, anymore than Saddam Hussein or Fulgencio Batista do...

I agree for now. Though, he could go down in history as a notable figure depending on how the future turns out from his actions.

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