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    Quote Originally Posted by 6.4 View Post
    Who are your heroes (and why)?
    My heroine is Simone Weil (pronounced Vey) who was a mystic and the first female graduate from the Sorbonne.

    My hero is Dr Ronald Laing a psychiatrist, who become an anti-psychiatrist, and set up a refuge for those with schizophrenia in the centre of London.

    Another hero is Marshall McLuhan, the patron saint of the internet.

    And another patron saint of the internet is Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who gave us the word noosphere for the internet.

    Another hero is George Spencer-Brown who gave us the basis for mathematics.

    Another hero is Julian Jaynes who gave us the origin of consciousness and the origin of religion.

    Another hero is Martin Heidegger who gave us Being.

    Another is Erasmus who gave us Christian Humanism.

    And another is Socrates who gave us philosophy.

    And of course Charles Darwin who opened our eyes to life.

    And my other heroine is Germaine Greer, a feminist who gave us female liberation.

    And another heroine is Alice Miller who gave us our childhood.

    Another hero is Lloyd deMause who gave us the history of childhood.

    But my true heroes are the Water Rat and Badger - what heroes, what courage, what common sense - what friends!

    And what could be nicer than having your friends as heroes.

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    ^I rather like Germaine Greer too

    Actually, quite a few on your list..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    ^I rather like Germaine Greer too

    Actually, quite a few on your list..
    See, you're not all bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    I don't think I've ever had any. I guess I've admired people but it's never been something long-lasting or lifechanging.
    You've gotta fall in love with them for it to be life changing.

    For if you want to change your life, ya gotta let go of it for a while otherwise it just remains the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    See, you're not all bad.
    No, I don't think so either Often, I have a hard time talking about my deepest values though...

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    david hume, spinoza, elmore leonard and richard feynman

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    Ludwig Wittgenstein was pretty cool
    and Spinoza.
    and... IKEA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salt n' pepper View Post
    Ludwig Wittgenstein was pretty cool
    and Spinoza.
    and... IKEA.
    im reading tractus now like it so far, i live down the road from an ikea i don't get why kitchens need to have individuality

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    Quote Originally Posted by human101 View Post
    im reading tractus now like it so far, i live down the road from an ikea i don't get why kitchens need to have individuality
    i read "20 philosophers" by gunnar fredriksson. great book, only in Swedish though, i think.

    i dunno, maybe they are NF?

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    Stephen Fry, Isaac Asimov, James Randi & James D Watson for being brilliant, creative and secular humanists.
    Alan Turing for being the most underrated genius of his time.
    Hans van Mierlo for being one of the first politicians in the Netherlands to start a political party that sought to bring practical solutions without holding to a fixed ideology.

    Oh, and Zaphod Beeblebrox for being cool.
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