Academia
Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings

"No one would watch me on Jeopardy! and say, 'Wow, this guy is smarter than Stephen Hawking because he knows all his state birds.' I think they know it's a different thing." If I get a few answers right on Jeopardy!, I pat myself on the back. Ken Jennings won 74 games...

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Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

"When everybody laughed at me for wanting to go to Africa and live with animals, my mother always said, 'If you really want something and never give up you’ll always find a way.'” Every time Jane Goodall delivers a speech she always begins with a chimpanzee greeting....

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Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser

"The best artists work out of the desire to produce beauty, otherwise it's not real and something else. This intertwining of money, power, and status is a corruption of purpose." You may not recognize the name Milton Glaser, but you would most certainly recognize his...

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Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias

"Mahatma Gandhi said it, 'I like their Christ, I don't like their Christian.' Unfortunately, when Christendom has been hijacked and made into a state religion or a power institution it gets abused... Christianity is a commitment of surrender, not of power over...

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Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler

 "Celine Dion has a huge international following...So, it isn't surprising that a Senegalese man would know of, and admire, her. But, to have this come from an Al-Qaeda captor in the Sahara Desert, some weeks into our captivity, was so bizarre."    ...

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Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva

"The higher, more distant, level of patriarchy is capitalism. This is what is represented by corporate truth. You don't see a man beating a wife, but there's a fictitious man beating all the women, children and people of the world." In a world full of powerful...

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Raj Patel

Raj Patel

"The day I start believing that what I have to say is much more important than the people who I learn things from, I will be crossing a dark line."      Raj Patel is many things: an author of two successful books, an academic with degrees from some of...

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Michael Coogan

Michael Coogan

   "I've had emails saying that I'm from Satan, and that I'm doomed to hell, but that goes with the territory."   The Bible is one of the world's most popular, and controversial books. When you decide to dedicate your whole life to analyzing,...

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David Yanagizawa-Drott

David Yanagizawa-Drott

"Like most researchers, I'm driven by some fundamental curiosity of how the world works...The greater goal of that is how can we use that knowledge to change public policy, and change life conditions on earth. Where that comes from, who knows?"   When you finish...

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Paul Collier

Paul Collier

"The idea that the World Bank is some sort of right-wing American institution set to serve the Western policy to crash Africa is a fantasy that collides against the reality of the people actually making these policies...It's sort of a convenient whipping boy for...

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John Githongo

John Githongo

"Poverty is no longer the number one challenge to Africa; it is inequality. This is the most deadly issue facing African countries because it is so easily politicized, ethnicized, and very easily militarized." John Githongo is a man you need to know about. In my...

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Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil

"(In 50 years) Canada will be what it always has been, economically the 51st state, socially a place awkwardly unsure of itself and without any true national cohesion."   Vaclav Smil is currently being touted as one of the world's most important thinkers, and...

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