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Ranking Poll 6 Part 1


Who has been more influential in world history? (see descriptions in first post)  

17 members have voted

  1. 1. Christopher Columbus or Muhammad

  2. 2. Christopher Columbus or St Paul

  3. 3. Christopher Columbus or Genghis Khan

  4. 4. Christopher Columbus or Franklin, Watson, & Crick

  5. 5. Enrico Fermi or Christopher Columbus

  6. 6. John Calvin or Christopher Columbus

  7. 7. George Washington or Muhammad

  8. 8. George Washington or Genghis Khan

  9. 9. George Washington or Julius Caesar

  10. 10. George Washington or Josef Stalin

  11. 11. George Washington or Rene Descartes

  12. 12. George Washington or Charlemagne

  13. 13. George Washington or William the Conqueror

  14. 14. George Washington or St Augustine

  15. 15. George Washington or Immanuel Kant

  16. 16. George Washington or Simon Bolivar

  17. 17. George Washington or Niccolo Machiavelli

  18. 18. George Washington or Peter the Great

  19. 19. George Washington or King David

  20. 20. George Washington or Enrico Fermi

  21. 21. George Washington or John Calvin

  22. 22. George Washington or Cicero

  23. 23. George Washington or Lao Tzu

  24. 24. St Paul or Muhammad

  25. 25. St Paul or Genghis Khan

  26. 26. St Paul or Charlemagne

  27. 27. George Washington or Vladimir Lenin

  28. 28. St Paul or Vladimir Lenin

  29. 29. St Paul or St Augustine

  30. 30. St Paul or Franklin, Watson, Crick

  31. 31. St Paul or King David

  32. 32. St Paul or Enrico Fermi

  33. 33. St Paul or John Calvin

  34. 34. St Paul or Lao Tzu

  35. 35. Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar

  36. 36. Genghis Khan or Josef Stalin

  37. 37. Genghis Khan or Charlemagne

  38. 38. Genghis Khan or William the Conqueror

  39. 39. Genghis Khan or Vladimir Lenin

  40. 40. Genghis Khan or Simon Bolivar

  41. 41. Julius Caesar or Josef Stalin

  42. 42. Julius Caesar or Charlemagne

  43. 43. Julius Caesar or William the Conqueror

  44. 44. Julius Caesar or Vladimir Lenin

  45. 45. Julius Caesar or King David

  46. 46. Julius Caesar or Peter the Great

  47. 47. Joseph Stalin or Charlamagne

  48. 48. Joseph Stalin or Vladimir Lenin

  49. 49. Joseph Stalin or Simon Bolivar

  50. 50. Joseph Stalin or Muhammad

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Muhammad was promoted again for greatly outvoting this tier. This one had a ton of tied figures, so it's going to be a multi-poll titanic battle. 

Christopher Columbus His exploration of the New World led to the permanent European colonization of the Western Hemisphere and the direct or indirect extermination of the majority of the natives of the New World; all sort of goods, plants, animals, etc. were traded between the hemispheres after Columbus.
George Washington first president of the United States, setting the precedents for the most powerful influential position in history. Presided over the Constitutional Convention, which created the oldest active constitution. Commanding general during the Revolutionary War.
St. Paul Most important figure in the spread and survival of Christianity by hellenizing it and making it palatable to non-Jewish Roman citizens; all major sects of Christianity today are Pauline, rather than Jamesian, Gnostic, etc., which were prevalent in Paul's time.
Genghis Khan First Great Khan and Emperor of the Mongol Empire, arguably the largest Empire in human history, although the empire was split after his death; conquored China and committed genocide, altering the genetics of East and Central Asia.
Julius Caesar One of the most studied political and military leaders in history; his life and assassination has been captured in art, literature, and film for centuries; his surname has became a synonym for "Emperor" even though he was only a dictator.
Joseph Stalin Rapidly industrialized Russia into a superpower that both helped end World War II and led to another conflict, as one of the two major powers during the Cold War. Stalinism has often been used as an example to misrepresent Socialism. Russia’s relative strength today is due in part to Stalin’s regime.
Rene Descartes Father of Modern Western Philosophy and the father of analytical geometry. His contributions to critical thinking have made all universities, more or less, Cartesian institutions.
Charlemagne "The Father of Europe"; Unified Western and Central Europe; Crucial to the identities of both France and Germany; First Holy Roman Emperor; Spurred the Carlingian Renaissance, which prompted a rare intellectual and culture movement in a relatively dark period of cultural intellectualism. Influential in spreading Christianity and blunting the spread of Islam.
William the Conqueror Led the Norman invasion that fundamentally altered the language, customs, culture, identity, government, nobility, etc. Set the stage for the long-lasting wars and rivalry between England and France.
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.
St. Augustine Influential Church Father who developed the concepts of original sin, divine grace, and predestination.
Francis Bacon the philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method. He is also considered the founder of empiricism, the idea that knowledge comes from sensory experience.
Franklin, Watson, Crick The primary research scientists that discovered DNA.
Immanuel Kant Arguably the most influential philosopher since Aristotle; Categorical Imperative has huge impact on moral philsophy; Thing in Itself has a huge impact on the concept of reality, reason, and interpretation; Critique of Pure Reason on rationalism, reason, etc.,; had impact on politics for his belief that greater Democracy mixed with international diplomacy will lead us to perpetual peace.
Simon Bolivar Military and political Revolutionary that led independence movements in South America from Spain. Responsible for the eventual creation of six South American countries.
Niccolo Machiavelli "Father of Modern Political Science" for his political theories; argued that political leaders can brush aside morality and use deception, treachery, violence, etc., if the intention and result is beneficial for the country; Argued it is better for a leader be feared than loved, if you cannot be both; his surname has come to mean deviousness or deceit.
Peter the Great Westernized and modernized Russia, transitioning it more into a European country than an Asian country; laid foundation for Russia becoming a great power in the future.
David Arguably the most influential King of Israel; kills Goliath, captures Jerusalem; considered the ideal King and a forerunner for Jesus
Enrico Fermi "Architect of the Nuclear Age" for creating the first nuclear reactor
Antony van Leeuwenhoek “father of microbiology.” He was the first to observe and analyze microorganisms.
William C Roentgen Discoverer and first producer of X-Rays
John Calvin Founder of Calvinism, which is the chief philosophy of numerous protestant churches, such as Presbyterians, Congregational, Reformed. As such, Calvin has gained many more adherents than Luther. Some scholar give Calvin credit for the rise of Capitalism, since he inspired the “Protestant work ethic” and allowed the charging of interest on loans, which was condemned by other Christians.
Cicero Possibly the greatest orator; Had a major influence in the late Roman Republic; the rediscovery of his letters is said to have initiated the Renaissance over 1,000 years after his death.
Lao Tzu Founder of Taoism, a hybrid of religion and secular philosophy, that has inspired both Eastern law and worldwide anti-authoritarian movements. The Book of Tao and Taoism have a cult following, especially among people that embrace Eastern medicines, and Eastern theories of mental and physical well-being.

Muhammad the founder of Islam, which quickly spread throughout Arabia in his lifetime. As a political leader, he created the first Islamic state, and initiated the first Arab conquests. He was also the author of the Quran. Islam is currently the second largest religion. Like with Jesus and other religious founders, many false believers have carried out atrocities in the name of Muhammad’s religion.
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I think in 100 years Franklin, Watson, & Crick will beat a ton of these people. I think Julius Caesar might be the most overrated in this tier.  I could see a few people graduating to the next tier but Muhammad is probably still the frontrunner. 

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