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February 10th, 2023 at 7:48:59 PM permalink
I vacillate back and forth between possible candidates...

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Caltech engineer Mory Gharib was poring over the digitized notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci one day, looking for sketches of flow visualization to share with his graduate students for inspiration. That's when he noticed several small sketches of triangles, whose geometry seemed to be determined by grains of sand poured out from a jar. Further investigation revealed that Leonardo was attempting to study the nature of gravity, and the little triangles were his attempt to draw an equivalence between gravity and acceleration—centuries before Albert Einstein would demonstrate this equivalence with his general theory of relativity. Gharib was even able to re-create a modern version of the experiment.

Gharib and his collaborators described their discovery in a new paper published in the journal Leonardo, noting that, by modern calculations, Leonardo's model produced a value for the gravitational constant (G) to around 97 percent accuracy. What makes this finding even more astonishing is that Leonardo did all this without a means of accurate timekeeping and without the benefit of calculus, which Isaac Newton invented in order to develop his law of universal gravitation in the 1660s.



https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/02/leonardo-noted-link-between-gravity-and-acceleration-centuries-before-einstein/
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February 10th, 2023 at 7:57:47 PM permalink
Jesus. ‘You are not going to believe this bro, but there have been millions killed in your name. Some eat crackers and drink wine thinking it’s your body and blood! Plus wait til you see the Broadway play about you!’
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February 10th, 2023 at 8:08:56 PM permalink
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February 11th, 2023 at 6:38:13 AM permalink
I would like to have dinner with Robin Williams, Chris Farley and John Candy all at the same table. I would just sit back and enjoy!
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February 11th, 2023 at 7:12:46 AM permalink
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Jesus. ‘You are not going to believe this bro, but there have been millions killed in your name. Some eat crackers and drink wine thinking it’s your body and blood! Plus wait til you see the Broadway play about you!’
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I think, in this area, I would rather meet Adam. You know, it's either the one in Genisis, or it's just whatever was the primeval human. I'd learn a lot just by arriving on the scene seeing where and what I was arriving into before i even met anyone at all. Of course, if our beginnings were something more off the hook like in 2001 a Space Odyssey then who knows. All would be fascinating.

Although I've thought before I might want to meet a one of the originators of some great movement, I might as well go back to the beginnings of humanity as that should clear up quite a bit if I'm going to pursue that type of inquiry.
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February 11th, 2023 at 11:30:07 AM permalink
Everybody is ignoring the issue of language and the ability to communicate. If that's the groundrule then, hey, okay , , , but just saying that Adam and Jesus are going to be hard to communicate with.
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February 11th, 2023 at 12:15:54 PM permalink
I feel like anyone who met Jesus would be somewhat disappointed. It would be like just talking to some random Middle Eastern dude and every once in a while he might say something pseudo-philosophical that may or may not have anything to do with modern-day Christianity since everything he supposedly said was written down decades if not centuries after his death.

I mean, it would still be kind of cool to meet someone from that time period, but I would be really surprised if he had anything in common with the "20th-century-Euro-Jesus" a lot of people picture in their minds.
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February 11th, 2023 at 2:36:12 PM permalink
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Everybody is ignoring the issue of language and the ability to communicate. If that's the groundrule then, hey, okay , , , but just saying that Adam and Jesus are going to be hard to communicate with.
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Even when he was alive, Jesus had the gift of tongues. If we can ignore that the person is long dead, I think we can ignore the language barrier. For arguments sake, let us assume the lunch takes place in Cynosure, perhaps at Mundens.
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February 11th, 2023 at 4:10:42 PM permalink
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I feel like anyone who met Jesus would be somewhat disappointed. It would be like just talking to some random Middle Eastern dude and every once in a while he might say something pseudo-philosophical that may or may not have anything to do with modern-day Christianity since everything he supposedly said was written down decades if not centuries after his death.

I mean, it would still be kind of cool to meet someone from that time period, but I would be really surprised if he had anything in common with the "20th-century-Euro-Jesus" a lot of people picture in their minds.
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Well, everything noteworthy that Jesus said didn't fill one half of one book, so they had to add filler to the new testament like the backstory in Nazareth and some epilogues.

I would like to live long enough to meet the 55th US president.
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February 11th, 2023 at 8:00:28 PM permalink
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Everybody is ignoring the issue of language and the ability to communicate. If that's the groundrule then, hey, okay , , , but just saying that Adam and Jesus are going to be hard to communicate with.
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Even when he was alive, Jesus had the gift of tongues. If we can ignore that the person is long dead, I think we can ignore the language barrier. For arguments sake, let us assume the lunch takes place in Cynosure, perhaps at Mundens.
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Jesus, how's it feel knowing you and your cohorts pulled off the biggest most epic con of all time? Now let's talk about religious wars. We can get to the good things religion has done later.

FYI your mother wasn't a Virgin, but you probably already know that. Speaking of virgins, have you heard the one about the 3 priests, 3 young boys, and a fishing trip? It's a good one.

How about the priest and a rabbi sitting at the playground bench when a young boy walks by?

Anyways, now that we are good friends any chance of a free pass into heaven, you know, just in case? At least give me some lottery numbers if you are legit.

Oh, I was wondering...The Wizard sold his sole for like a dollar, is he totally F'd?

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February 11th, 2023 at 11:05:37 PM permalink
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I feel like anyone who met Jesus would be somewhat disappointed. It would be like just talking to some random Middle Eastern dude and every once in a while he might say something pseudo-philosophical that may or may not have anything to do with modern-day Christianity since everything he supposedly said was written down decades if not centuries after his death.

I mean, it would still be kind of cool to meet someone from that time period, but I would be really surprised if he had anything in common with the "20th-century-Euro-Jesus" a lot of people picture in their minds.
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Well, everything noteworthy that Jesus said didn't fill one half of one book, so they had to add filler to the new testament like the backstory in Nazareth and some epilogues.

I would like to live long enough to meet the 55th US president.
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They are probably living now, although I can understand wanting to stick around until inauguration day to boast about how one knew them when.
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February 12th, 2023 at 12:18:36 PM permalink
I've given this a lot of thought and continue to wonder, if I have that ability, wouldn't others also have that ability? Therefore, I would think that the historical figures that keep getting summoned for these meetings with unknown people, will get tired of the meetings rather quickly.

So, the 'historical' figure I'd most like to have a meeting with, is my dad. He died in 1977 when I was 17. He was 49. In the years since, I've wanted to ask him so many questions, as well as to just shoot the breeze. I have a feeling he'd want to chat with me, and have a few things to tell me that I might not have though to ask.

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Thinking about this, I'm reminded of a scene from Star Trek TNG where Data summons Newton, Einstein and Steven Hawking for a game of poker. Even though these holodeck generated historical characters probably have not been mercilessly summoned thousands of times before, at one point Newton appears bored and questions the purpose of the meeting.

https://youtu.be/mg8_cKxJZJY

On a side note, Hawking has two great lines in that scene. Newton begins to tell the apple story, and Hawking interrupts him saying, "Not the apple story again..." Later, he makes a big bet and Einstien calls, saying he believes Hawking is bluffing. Hawking shows his hand, quads, saying "Wrong again, Albert." This s a reference to Hawking debunking some of Einsteins theories. He also had the distinction of being the only Star Trek guest star to play themselves.
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February 12th, 2023 at 7:20:43 PM permalink
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Everybody is ignoring the issue of language and the ability to communicate. If that's the groundrule then, hey, okay , , , but just saying that Adam and Jesus are going to be hard to communicate with.
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Even when he was alive, Jesus had the gift of tongues. If we can ignore that the person is long dead, I think we can ignore the language barrier. For arguments sake, let us assume the lunch takes place in Cynosure, perhaps at Mundens.
link to original post

Jesus, how's it feel knowing you and your cohorts pulled off the biggest most epic con of all time? Now let's talk about religious wars. We can get to the good things religion has done later.

FYI your mother wasn't a Virgin, but you probably already know that. Speaking of virgins, have you heard the one about the 3 priests, 3 young boys, and a fishing trip? It's a good one.

How about the priest and a rabbi sitting at the playground bench when a young boy walks by?

Anyways, now that we are good friends any chance of a free pass into heaven, you know, just in case? At least give me some lottery numbers if you are legit.

Oh, I was wondering...The Wizard sold his sole for like a dollar, is he totally F'd?

Is gambling a sin? Dumb question I know... of course, it is.
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If the Wizard sold his sole of a shoe for like a dollar, he got a good deal. I can't imagine used soles being worth much. And it's a good thing that the church I attend doesn't teach Mary was a biological virgin. Still trying to figure out why people hold Jesus responsible for the actions of His followers that came along centuries after He died. He, of course would be disappointed and saddened and angered of the conflict and killings done in His name...and in the physical attacks perpetrated by non-believers against His believers.
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February 12th, 2023 at 7:27:55 PM permalink
Jesus. To get around the language barrier, I'd either have to learn Aramaic or have faith that the Dude had the gift of tongues. I'd ask him questions to help "fill in the blanks" and complete His teachings so hopefully there won't be any dispute as to whether certain actions or conduct or decisions are sins or not.

Another choice would be Henry Every. I'd ask him where he stashed his treasure!
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February 12th, 2023 at 8:18:24 PM permalink
Srinivasa Ramanujan -the Indian mathematical genius

Albert Einstein, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, Geoffrey Chaucer
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February 12th, 2023 at 8:57:45 PM permalink
I wouldn't waste it on the following if I only had one person to choose from, but I wouldn't mind confirming the actual process of building the Great Pyramid to put to rest alternate theories. "May I speak to the Pharoah.in charge? Thanks so much."
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February 13th, 2023 at 1:35:40 AM permalink
Isaac Asimov

He was an incredibly intelligent man with an outstanding ability to explain complex phenomena in everyday language. He also wrote some of the most memorable science fiction stories of all time. Finally, he was pretty funny, so the lunch would be both educational and entertaining.

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P.S. "Young Sheldon" had an episode in which Sheldon mourns Asimov's death.
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Isaac Asimov

He was an incredibly intelligent man with an outstanding ability to explain complex phenomena in everyday language. He also wrote some of the most memorable science fiction stories of all time. Finally, he was pretty funny, so the lunch would be both educational and entertaining.

Dog Hand

P.S. "Young Sheldon" had an episode in which Sheldon mourns Asimov's death.
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I met him briefly and heard him give a talk at my college.
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February 15th, 2023 at 3:31:08 AM permalink
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Tolkien was the first one to think about, but honestly, it would be to simple. Someone mentioned Jesus... well, tough one to pick...

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