History Who Would You Have Lunch With?

Discussion in 'Serious Topics & Debates' started by Wacokid27, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. This is one we used to kick around in college (just us Humanities nerds), but it's an interesting question (to me, anyway):

    If you could have lunch/a beer/coffee/what-have-you with any figure from history, who would you choose and why?

    wk
     
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  2. I'm gonna think about this and come back to it. But, how about you wk?
     
  3. Benjamin Franklin...my favorite Founding Father

    Brilliant philosopher, Freemason (if I recall correctly, the first Grand Master of Masons anywhere in the Americas), inventor, and sexual deviant. I bet we could have a damn fascinating conversation over a pint of ale or a cup of tea or a couple of blondes.

    wk
     
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  4. Abraham Lincoln.. Greatest US. President in history and one of the most brilliant men who's ever graced this earth.
     
  5. Napoleon. He had pretty interesting philosophy and was overall a really layered figure. It would be a hella fun to talk about the state of society with him.
     
  6. Frank Zappa. Would love to discuss the state of the current world with him... And do some random shit.
     
  7. Did we do one of these for our users? People usually love that.

    Probably for history it would be Tesla if I could communicate well with him.
     
  8. I could be your translator. :)
     
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  9. A young Howard Hughes. It might seem like an odd choice, but I've always liked him. We both have OCD. I absolutely loved how he beat the US Government in the Hughes Airline senate hearings, which were obviously bullshit. They were so much bullshit that the chairman of the committee Owen Brewster stopped attending them before they were over.

    Also, I would assume lunch with him would be a lot more than just lunch. He always had a tendency to overdo things and as long as we didn't have lunch in an isolated room with a bunch of pee jars in it, I'm sure I'd enjoy it.
     
  10. Thomas Jefferson, my favorite Founding Father (sorry, wk, but he created the swivel chair.)
     
  11. Alexander The Great, one of the most successful commanders, and a student of Aristotle. Listening to his perception of life during his time, what he's experienced, and seeing just what he had to go through on a daily basis would be extremely interesting to me.
     
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  12. Probably wouldn't be my first choice, but Vlad The Impaler would be an interesting person to chat with, just as long as a conversation with him didn't carry any high risk of being impaled through the arse, of course. He was one of the most evil and barbaric people that ever lived (although the Romanian people to this day worship him as a hero for keeping their homeland from being completely invaded by the Turks), but for that reason, he's also one of the most fascinating. He showed no compassion and no mercy towards his enemies especially, and I admire that.
     
  13. I have no idea.. there's way too many.. Julius Caesar, Cicero, G-Wash, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Jimi Hendrix.. uhm and that's like barely scratching the surface.
     
  14. 2 choices for me.

    William Shakespeare. He's the greatest writer in history and I love learning more and more about the English language, I take great pride in my writing.
    Galileo Galilei. Incredible wisdom and an astronomer. The universe is something I study a lot, it fascinates me. I could listen to this guy talk all day long.
     
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  15. Have you ever heard of the theory that Shakespeare didn't actually write his own plays?

     
  16. Yeah, and there's nowhere near enough evidence for me to believe it.
     
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  17. #17 Jacob Fox, Aug 16, 2015
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    Agreed. Generally, the arguments people use to attribute his work to others, are poorly argued.

    For example, the Oxfordians, rather than looking at Shakespeare's work and seeing if it strongly resembled someone else's work, came up with the idea that Oxford was the true playwright and THEN looked back over the plays to find clues that would show a connection. Doing it this way, your mind is likely to make connections that aren't really significant simply because they fit what you are looking for. Not only that, they make stupid connections like claiming that since his name is spelled differently on different plays that it can't be his real name. And that someone with his lack of formal secondary education couldn't write so well. However, they ignore the fact that one of Shakespeare's most prized attributes was the fact that he wrote in the vernacular at the time, which Oxford would have been very unlikely to do. Someone without the formal secondary education would be more likely to write in the vernacular. And,of course, the vast majority of the supposed connections have been dismissed as invalid. And my favorite, that Oxford died in 1604, with 9 of Shakespeares plays being written after that.

    Also, some Oxfordians go as far as to attribute almost all English literature of the time to Oxford including Christopher Marlowe, Robert Green, Arthur Golding and over a dozen others. It's nonsense. You can read a Marlowe play and a Shakespeare play and know they were not written by the same man.

    It's similar to a recent Jack the Ripper theory that I've been strongly opposed to. Rather than finding the evidence that leads to Charles Lechmere being the suspect,they begin with Lechmere and look backwards to find things that might possibly link them to it. It's a really bad method of research.
     
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  18. Plato or Archimedes. I did one semester of rhetoric in my university days as part of my degree and we always came back to these two. Sitting down and picking either of their brains for the course of a couple of hours would be real interesting.
     
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  19. Sun Tzu.
     
  20. oh shit SEAB! It'd be SEAB! He is a historical figure from 2013, when he was active.
     
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