Who Is the Most Intelligent Person Who Has Ever Lived?

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Goethe, Michelangelo, William Sidis and a number of others have been suggested for the honors.
Goethe seems to take the prize for “universal genius.” He may have had a 220 IQ, if that is even possible. A man as smart as Goethe comes around maybe once every 100 years or so.

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10 thoughts on “Who Is the Most Intelligent Person Who Has Ever Lived?”

  1. If we haven’t ever been visited by aliens, Johnny von Neumann was probably the most intelligent being to have ever existed on this planet.

  2. Someone quizzed me once regarding a survey that was taken asking people who was the most important person in the history of the world. I was given a clue as to the person’s identity, telling me the answer was tied to an invention this most important person was associated with. After much thought, my answer was Johannes Guttenberg, because I felt the printing press was the most important invention in the history of the world. That thought turned out to be right (insofar as matching the survey respondents answers). I suppose when you think about it, the printing press is the most important invention in the history of the world.

  3. Depends on your definition of intelligence, I guess.
    What is your definition for intelligence and intellectually honest? Ecology of Peace definition for intellectually honest is ego and ecological literacy. As for intelligence: Any enquiry into a clear and succinct definition of ‘intelligence’ would require individuals who are buck stops here intellectually honest, to arrive at an accurate definition of ‘intelligence’. What most people refer to as ‘intelligence’ appears to be a result of them following their Masonic War is Peace cultural scripting; not a result of their honest existential enquiry into what they as individuals want, from the experience of being alive, on this planet, at this time.
    – 25 Jan: EoP Response to: Angry White Dude: Angry White Dude’s Irrepressible Conflict.
    EoP MILED Clerk’s working hypothesis definition of intelligence would be an individual who (a) has the self awareness to know what they really want [i.e. not bulshitted by socio-cultural brainwashing bullshit]; (b) goes about cooperating with others to get what they want in an honourable [so as to avoid violating their self identity respect’] manner.
    I don’t know what Goethe, Michelangelo, William Sidis wanted; so its hard to say whether they were intelligent in terms of EoP MILED Clerk’s definition of intelligence. I don’t know if Armin Meiwes was culturally brainwashed in terms of what he wanted: to be a cannibal; but even though what he wanted was considered anti-social; he focussed on getting what he wanted not by coercion or deception and manipulation; but honestly and sincerely and hence has no shame about his fully informed consent cannibal deeds [BTV: Interview with a Cannibal].
    In terms of accomplishing some or all of what he wanted from the experience of being alive; Armin managed to do so honourably, retaining his self respect.

  4. What do American, European and South African ‘right wing white racialists’ really want?
    So when you hand South African, American and European white supremacists; the opportunity to honourably, ethically, legally and humanely rid the world of 90% of non-europeans [according to their white supremacist beliefs about blacks ‘chimping out’, lacking sexual impulse control, etc]; and their response is: Thanks, but no thanks, what is going on?
    » EoP Leg Sub: 07 Jul: EoP Re: Patching it Up with Putin; Liberal Jews to Israel: Do It Our Way or Else.
    What do American left wing ‘near term extinction abrupt climate change expert’ liberals want?
    If Dr. McPherson et al’s answer is Yes: If EoP Scientific and Cultural [eop-scicultlaw.tygae.org.za] Responsible Freedom [responsible-freedom.tygae.org.za] law is implemented as international law, legally or militarily by 2018, latest 2020, enabling immediate orderly and humane deindustrialization and depopulation; enabling lands formerly used to produce food or shelter products for these unborn/dead individuals to return to their natural grasslands and/or forests state enabling the resurrection of biodiversity for other species on these lands, enabling the Genghis Khan The Green EoP Reforestation Effect, removing millions and millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere; it could/would/may/will be possible that such massive depopulation and reforestation would be able to effect an NTE climate change U-turn.
    If so: Would Dr. McPherson et al be willing to cooperate to implement EoP Scientific and Cultural [eop-scicultlaw.tygae.org.za] Responsible Freedom [responsible-freedom.tygae.org.za] law; by signing his/her responsible freedom oath and recommending to their NTE, DGR, etc colleagues and followers to sign their responsible freedom oaths; to provide military officials and per their scientific global sustainable security military necessity recommendations to political leaders; with a ‘responsible freedom’ security mandate to begin official public negotiations to implement EoP Scientific and Cultural law as international law?
    – EoP Leg Sub: 12 Dec: Hueston Hennigan: EoP NTE Questions for Guy McPherson v Mike Sliwa et al.
    Sooner or later you find out that there are two kinds of people in the world: sincere and fake.
    There are sincere: those who will honestly and sincerely tell you what they want and cooperate with you to get what they want, when you want the same thing; and not waste your time pretending they will cooperate with you; when they don’t want the same thing; and fake: those who are consciously or unconsciously financially and/or socio-psychologically profiteering of pretending to help other people get what they want; while they are covertly working to perpetuate that which they are promising to solve [eop-v-wip-stratint.tygae.org.za].
    An individuals sincerity or potential sincerity has nothing to do with their race, religion, class, current ideological preference, gender or age.

  5. Other candidates (Mathematicians and Physicists): Gottfried Leibniz, Paul Erdos, Leonhard Euler, John Von Neumann, Richard Feynman, Isaac Newton. There are a number of others that might be comparable but I don’t know enough history to say. Goethe is certainly a giant, but it’s hard to weigh contributions made in different fields against one another.

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