First off, I just want to say I made a mistake yesterday dropping Alan Turing in favor of Ed Wood. As Zbicyclist put it, “Ed Wood’s best thoughts are probably on the screen.” And that’s not good at all! So, sorry for eliminating one of the exciting speakers from the list.
I’m also thinking of possible speakers for next year. Here’s a category: People Connected to Stanislaw Ulam. Lots of fun people: Teller, Fermi, Neumann, Feynman, etc. But I can’t include Ulam himself as I then could not really be an unbiased arbiter.
Next we pick the winner from yesterday, the best comments come from a link from Byron to . . . an interview with Chris Rock, who lets off some zingers. Also, Rock has a statistical effect named after him. So he moves to the third round.
And, now, today’s contest: the political philosopher vs. the author of a couple of really long novels.
Maybe both these guys are too serious for this comedy-loving crowd, I dunno? But, in all seriousness, do we really need jokes. Hobbes basically founded modern political science with his crushingly realist view of the world, and Tolstoy was unmatched in setting unforgettable characters in the modern world. All other social novelists pale in comparison. Certainly one of these dudes deserves to advance, no?