Smartest people existive

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In genius studies, smartest people existive (LH:36), shortcut key: (SPE:#), aka "smartest people alive", in colloquial defunct speak, or top existive minds, is the "existive" (aka alive) water-testing counterpart to the historical top 2000 minds rankings.[1]


Candidates list

The following are new and noteworthy:

  1. Brewster Kahle (1960-) in 1994 founded "Internet Archive", to be established and stored in "different regimes", with the burning of the Egyptian-Greek Library of Alexandria by the Romans than the Arabs in mind, and fully funded per-decade.[2]; also co-founded Alexa.

Main list

The following is the current very-crude work-in-progress rankings of top “existive” minds, i.e. smartest people “alive” (in defunct colloquial speak; see: abioism), added herein, in continuation of the top 2000 geniuses and minds rankings, for organizational purposes:[3]

# Person A Overview Sex Country
Steven Weinberg
(22- BE)
(1933- ACM)
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(PR:7,618|65AE / physicist:174) (Becker 160:100|3L) (SPE:4|2014)[4] (SPE:2|2016)[5] (TL:74) Physicist and philosopher; noted for his 1967 unification of electromagnetism and the weak nuclear forces; for his 1977 The First Three Minutes, wherein he advocates his so-called Weinbergian atheism model (compare: Thimsian atheism), wherein, according to the second law, the universe is "godless" (correct) albeit "pointless" (incorrect); and for his 1992 Dreams of a Final Theory, wherein a number of noted atheism positions are stated; possibly world's leading quantum gravitationalist (Ѻ);
M American
Georgi Gladyshev
(19- BE)
(1936- ACM)
(FET:23) (SNE:12) (SNE:12) (TL:225|#35) Physical chemistry, evolutionist, and philosopher; his 1997 Thermodynamics Theory of the Evolution of Living Beings (pg. 117), quantified macro-evolution of species via the following formula:

which originated from his 1978 Russian doll style Gibbs energy theory of evolution and sociology, modeled on the movement of particles in chromatography columns (compare: Lange), conceived in opposition to Prigogine’s “dissipative structures” theory (Nobel Prize, 1977); for his anti-aging thermodynamics foodstuff theory (1990s); and for his 2005 to 2012 work with Thims, on Hmolpedia and HCT, which ended in via the defunct theory of life debate (2009-2012), wherein Gladyshev would not concede to that one cannot defined, chemically, physically, or thermodynamically, an origin "point" of of life, in the timeline of big bang to humans.

M Russian
Christopher Hirata
(27- AE)
(1982- ACM)
IQ P.jpg=225[6] 38
(FET:42) (SPE:1|2014)[4] (SNE:4) (TL:190|#50)Physicist, astronomer, and and former prodigy;
“This kid [Hirata] was in my high school AP class, near Chicago. He carried two backpacks, one on the front and one on the back. He was in third grade at the time.”
— PipeLayersUnion (2014), reddit “today I learned thread” [7]

At age 13, became the youngest ever medalist at the International Physics Olympiad; age 14, entered CalTech; age 15, took 4th in the Putman Mathematics Competition; age 16, working with NASA on a project exploring the possibility of colonizing Mars; age 17, penned a “The Physics of Relationships”, using a mixture of human chemical thermodynamics and human physics logic; age 18, completed his BC in physics at CalTech; age 23, completed his PhD at Princeton with dissertation on “Weak Gravitational Lensing Theory and Data Analysis”; currently leading contender to explain “dark matter” and the “accelerating universe” problem; a top ten “smartest person existive” (2016).[5]

M American
Beg 75.png Arshad Beg
(23- BE)
(1932- ACM)
(FET:26) (SPE:10|2016)[5] (SNE:2) (EPD:F11) (TL:229|#35) Organometallic chemist and physico-chemical sociologist;
Affinities and fugacities characterize the behavior of individuals in a society.”
— Arshad Beg (1987), New Dimensions in Sociology (pg. 95)

Noted for his 1987 New Dimensions in Sociology: a Physico-Chemical Approach to Human Behavior, which presents the first general outline of "physicochemical sociology" (see: two cultures namesakes), a physicochemical humanities conceptualized subject, likening society to a chemical solution and explains human behavior in terms of physicochemical laws;

M Pakistani
Higgs 75.png Peter Higgs
91 (Becker 160:152|2L) (SPE:5|2014)[4] Physicist; noted for his two 1964 papers describing what later became known as the "Higgs mechanism", in which a scalar field (that is, a field present at all points in space) gives particles mass; in this mechanism, the "Higgs boson", a subatomic particle (predicted by four other scientists) that is the carrier particle of a field that endows all elementary particles with mass through its interactions with them, was discovered in 2012. M English
James Watson 75.png James Watson
92 (Becker 160:23|8L) (Simmons 100:49) Molecular geneticist and zoologist;
“We used to think our fate was in the stars. Now we know, in large measure, our fate is in our genes.”
— James Watson (c.1970), Publication; cited by Philip Ball (2011) in Unnatural (pg. 284)

Noted for his 1953 co-discovery of DNA with Francis Crick;

M American
Alfred Rogers 75.png Alfred Rogers
(22- BE)
(1933- ACM)
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(TL:42) (SPE:25|2014)[4] Philosopher and pharmacist; noted for his 2010-launched cite, wherein expounds on his so-called “shoebox philosophy” that life does not exist, aka abioism, that the hydrogen atom is not alive, and therefore what we perceive or conceive as “life” is but a difference in complexity as compared to less complex single atom;
M American
George Lucas 75.png George Lucas
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(RGM:1115|1,350+) (CR:4) Film maker, noted for his 1977 epic space opera Star Wars, which describes a “force that binds the universe”, and is behind all things, the philosophy of which being based, in part on Carlos Castaneda’s 1974 Tales of Power, wherein a quasi-philosophy, based on a mixture of the legend of Duan Juan, the Yaqui Indian religion, and the effects of taking peyote, intermixed with descriptions of people as “luminous beings”, and how there are forces and powers behind things;
M American
Jeremy Adler 75.png Jeremy Adler
(SPE:37|2014)[8] (CR:89) Poet and Goethean human chemical reaction theory scholar; noted for his 1977 PhD dissertation on affinity chemistry behind of Goethe’s Elective Affinities, e.g. which affinity tables he cited, which chemists he based his social reactions on, etc.; and his 1987 "An almost Magical Attraction: Goethe’s Elective Affinity and the Chemistry of its Time", wherein, expanding on the former, he the first to analyze which chemist, which theory, and which reaction is used by Goethe behind the veil of each chapter in the book to model the various human chemical reactions (see: HCR theory) described both in discussion between the characters (Eduard, Charlotte, Captain, Ottilie, etc.) in the novella and in coded form via the hidden language and messages in the novella;
M English
Lana Wachowski 75.png Lana Wachowski
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(SPE:51|2014)[8] Film writer; noted as co-writer, with sibling Lilly Wachowski, of the 1999 film The Matrix, and 2003 sequel Matrix Reloaded, the former of which, being one of the only two films, in American film history, along with Star Wars (1977), presenting a new philosophical view, that people would brag about seeing 9 to 12 times in the theater;
T American
Lilly Wachowski 75.png Lilly Wachowski
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(SPE:52|2014)[8] Film writer; noted as co-writer, with sibling Lana Wachowski, of the 1999 film The Matrix, and 2003 sequel Matrix Reloaded, the former of which, being one of the only two films, in American film history, along with Star Wars (1977), presenting a new philosophical view, that people would brag about seeing 9 to 12 times in the theater;
T American
Edward Wilson 75.png Edward Wilson
IQ O.png=123[9] 92 (Becker 160:73|4L) (Simmons 100:83) (CR:10) Myrmecologist;
Are viruses alive? Viruses lie in a semantic twilight zone between living and nonliving organisms. They are essentially short segments of genetic material, DNA or RNA, protected by overcoats of protein. They can be crystallized and they will not grow or propagate in isolation which supports that they are nonliving.”
— Edward Wilson (1977), Life: Cells, Organisms, Populations

Noted for his 1975 Sociobiology, wherein he advocated the view that insects have “societies” like humans, albeit in less-evolved form; his writings were one of the themes behind the Dow “Hu” element ad campaign;

M American
Jimmy Wales 75.png Jimmy Wales
(SPE:47|2014)[8] Financial trader, computer programmer, and entrepreneur; noted for his 2001 launching of Wikipedia; the brainchild of three combinations: (a) early frustrations of having to “update” his World Book Encyclopedia, which is mother had bought for him at age three, from a door-to-door salesman, by hand-pasting the correction “stickers” that World Book would mail out to owners periodically, (b) his obsessive playing of multi-user Dungeons, wherein he gleaned the potential of using computer networks to foster large-scale collaborative projects, and (c) computer code writing which he did in spare time.
M American
Francis Coppola 75.png Francis Coppola
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(RGM:1096|1,350+) (CR:10) Film director, producer, and screenwriter; noted for co-writing the screenplay for: Patton (1970); for producing: The God Father (1972), American Graffiti (1973), and Apocalypse Now (1979); most-noted for his 25+ year attempt to make a futuristic four-part remake of Goethe’s Elective Affinities (some attempts of which seen in Tom Stoppard’s 1989 Arcadia and Vladimir Cruz’ 2015 Afinidades); uncle of Nicolas Cage.
M American
Alan Guth 75.png Alan Guth
Inflation (Guth, 1980).png
(RGM:634|1,350+) (Becker 160:158|2L) Theoretical physicist; noted for his 1980 “inflation” version of the big bang theory;
M American
Ward Cunningham 75.png Ward Cunningham
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(SPE:38|2014)[8] Computer scientist; noted for his 1994 invention of the “wiki”, themed on the Hawaiian Wiki-Wiki airport “quick” shuttle bus, a combination of: Vannevar Bush’s ideas about allowing users to comment on and change one another's text, an Apple HyperCard stack he had wrote in the 1980s; hence a quick edit software, written in Pearl programming language, where group editing of text can actuate.
M American
Gates 75.png Bill Gates
(0- AE)
(1955- ACM)
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[RGM:541|1,350+] (SPE:20| 2014)[8] (FMPP 2018:5)[10] Computer scientist; noted for his 1978 formation of Microsoft, the software company behind the writing program Word, which transformed the writing industry, and others, like Excel or PowerPoint; adjacent is the Gates model (TR:29)[11] (Thims, 2014), a Camus model (TR:12) (Camus, 1942) upgrade, employed to explain "sense of purpose", via Gibbs energy reaction potentials, to kids.
M American
Sam Harris 75.png Sam Harris
(12- AE)
(1967- ACM)
(RGM:1165|1,350+) (FA:240) (TL:80) Anti-religion philosopher;
“I began writing this book on September 12, 2001. Many friends read and commented on a long essay that I produced in those first weeks of collective grief and stupefaction, and that text became the basis for this book.”
— Sam Harris (2004), The End of Faith (pg. #)

Noted for the fact that the “day after” 9/11, he began to write The End of Faith that launched the “new atheism” movement, and thereafter to participate in numerous public debates, which over the course of two-decades changed public opinion, about believing in sheer nonsense for the sake of presumed "morality", for the better.

M American
Erich Muller 75.png Erich Muller
(8- AE)
(1963- ACM)
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(SNE:9) (Thims 33:25) (TL:55) Chemical engineer, chemical thermodynamics professor, and philosopher; noted for his 1998 “Human Societies: a Curious Application of Thermodynamics”, where in he explains society, its intermolecular bondings and interactions, using chemical thermodynamics arguments, e.g. using "potentials" in stead of "forces" to explain human social groupings; inspiration behind the launching of the Journal of Human Thermodynamics.
M Venezuelan-born English
Musk 75.png Elon Musk
IQ O.png=160[12], 155-190[13], 148-200[14], 250[15] 49
(RGM:486|1,350+) (SPE:4|2016)[5] Innovator and business manager;
“I think Elon Musk is a genius and I don't use that word lightly. I think he's also one of the boldest men that ever came down the pike. Put me down as saying I've always been afraid of the guy whose IQ is 190 and he thinks it's 250. I like to think there’s a little of that risk with Elon. He is a certified genius.”
— Charlie Munger (2014), "Q&A Interview" [15]
M South African-born American
Tom Stoppard 75.png Tom Stoppard
(CR:31) Philosophical playwright; noted for his 1993 play Arcadia, which takes place in two different time periods, 1809, the year of Goethe’s Elective Affinities and the modern day, wherein Stoppard incorporates talk of “sexual energy”, “heat”, entropy via his discussion of the “second law”, and “the attraction that Newton left out … all the way back to the apple in the garden”, steam engine, etc.; ranked in 2015 as a top “50 Greatest Living Geniuses” (Ѻ); characterized as the world’s “brainiest playwright”; told WSJ that “audiences have grown too dumb to understand his plays” (Ѻ).
M Czech-born English
Steve Wozniak 75.png Steve Wozniak
Electrical engineer and computer scientist; noted for development of the Apple I (1975), Apple II (1977), the first main personal computer, and, following the pirating of prototype ideas from Xerox, e.g. the mouse and folders that opened up separate windows on the screen, the Macintosh (1979); featured (Ѻ) in 2015 American Genius series;
M American
Ayaan Ali (1969-) .png Ayaan Ali
(15- AE)
(1969- ACM)
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(RGM:436|1,350+) (FA:239) (CR:13) Ex-Muslim turned democracy-pro, female rights and secularism-atheism activist
“I read Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America, 1840), and I read about democracy, and I lived in countries that had no democracies, that had no founding fathers, so I don’t find myself in the same luxury as you do. You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom, because you do not know what it is not to have freedom.”
— Ayaan Ali (2017), “Interview with SJW Apologist”, Apr 1

Noted for writing the script and doing the voiceover for the Aug 2004 10-min film Submission, with director Theo van Goth (1957-2004), which criticized the treatment of women in Islamic countries, highlighted by a half-naked women with passages from the Quran on her body; two months later, van Gogh shot 8-times, semi-decapitated, stabbed in the chest, with a note to his body saying that Ali would be next; over the next decade she grew into a fiercely intelligent debater, a female Hitchens, so to say, and author of several noted books, e.g. Infidel (2007) and Heretic (2015); characterized a "little Voltaire" (Ellian, 2001);

F Somali-born Dutch-American
Tim Berners-Lee 75.png Tim Lee
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(RGM:697|1,350+) (Becker 160:24|8L) (SPE:27|2014)[8] Computer scientist; noted for his 1989 invention of the Internet, which he did using his NeXT computer at CERN in as a web server to share documents via telephone lines;
M English
Gary Greenberg 75.png Gary Greenberg
(RMS:145) (CR:78) Lawyer, archeologist, Egyptologist, and religio-mythology scholar noted for his 2000 book 101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History, wherein he ferrets out a large part of the Osiris religion and Ra theological structure to the Ab-ra-ham-ic faiths (Torah religions).
M American
Adriaan de Lange 75.png Adriaan Lange
Lange model.png
(FET:27) (SNE:6) (CR:63) Physical chemist; noted for his 1982 theory that entropy production must apply to the spiritual world; then, in 1986, while teaching physical chemistry class, grasped the idea that “the intricate calculations concerning free energy in chemical reactions” must apply to the process of knowing and learning, on the extrapolation that student's learning behaviors must follow or map to the behaviors of molecules moving through the chromatograph column; in 1987, penned Entropy, Creativity, and Learning; in late 1990s, began posting online in forums; in 2009 published online book Irreversible Self-Organization (in Afrikaans); diagram shows a synthesis of Gibbs energy reaction potential surfaces, Prigogine entropy theory, and Darwinian selection ideas.
M South African
Mimkes 75.png Jurgen Mimkes
(16- BE)
(1939- ACM)
81 (SNE:1) (SPE:19|2014)[4] (FET:33) M German
Roger Penrose.png Roger Penrose
(24- BE)
(1931- ACM)
IQ SK.png=160 89 (SPE:12|2014)[4] (Becker 160:153) (CR:8) Theoretical physicist;
“We ourselves are configurations of ridiculously tiny entropy.”
— Roger Penrose (1989), The Emperor’s New Mind (pg. #)

GLG nominee (2011)[16]; missing 1,200+ greatest mind (2021)[17].

M English
David Buss 75.jpg David Buss
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(CR:57) Evolutionary psychologist; noted for his 1983 "Buss study" (TR:), a sexual selection study, conducted with Jennifer Summelroth, wherein 213 college women were polled about how upset they would be to outright sexual proposition by men differing by occupation;[18] for his 1994 The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating, which presented the results of a cross-cultural study, conducted in the 1970s and 1980s, on "human mating" behaviors, encompassing more than 10,000 people, of all ages, from thirty-seven cultures worldwide, on the nature of sexual selection, that sought to identify underlying evolutionary-mediated psychological mechanisms of human sexual behavior and desire; influenced: Thims.
M American
No image 75.png George Tyler
(c.19- BE)
(c.1936- ACM)
(FET:31) Control systems engineer; in his “A Thermodynamics Model of Manpower Systems” (1989), starting with the partition function for a thermodynamic system, and via three pages of interesting but funny derivation, produced a table of "free energy" calculations for humans, in groups (or "manpower systems") of 0 to 5,000; drafted at 130+|#761 (Oct, 2020).
M American or English
Peter Joseph 75.png Peter Joseph
41 (CR:19) Filmmaker; noted for his 2007 documentary Zeitgeist, which introduced a laymanized version of Christ myth theory to the general public. M American
Grigori Perelman 75.png Grigori Perelman
Poincare conjecture.png
(SPE:14|2014)[4] Mathematician;
“I'm not interested in money or fame; I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo.”
— Grigori Perelman (2006), reason why he turned down the Field’s Medal

Known for work in geometric analysis, Riemannian geometry, and geometric topology; famous for turning down the 2006 Field’s Medal (value: $15,000 USD), for his proof of the Poincare conjecture (Poincare, 1904), the hypothesis that any three-dimensional space without holes is essentially a sphere; and in 2010, he also turned down the Millennial Prize (and $1 million USD), from the Clay Mathematics Institute, for his proof;

M Russian
Jeff Bezos 75.png Jeff Bezos
(9- AE)
(1964- ACM)
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(RGM:1244|1,350+) (FMPP 2018:5)[10] Electrical engineer, computer scientist, and internet entrepreneur; noted for his 1993 decision to establish an online bookstore, which by 1994 was realized in the founding in his garage fueled with a $300K investment from his parents;
M American
Dawkins 75.png Richard Dawkins
(14- BE)
(1941- ACM)
IQ O.png=120, 135, 165, 150-170[19] 79
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(RGM:339|1,350+) (PR:1,996|65AE / biologist:16) (TL:215|#41) Zoologist, philosopher, and atheism promoter;
“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes [A], blind physical forces [B] and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky [C], and you won’t find any rhyme or reason [D] in it, nor any justice [E]. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design [F], no purpose [G], no evil [H] no good [I], nothing but pitiless indifference.”
— Richard Dawkins (1995), River Out of Eden

noted for his 1976 1M+ copy selling The Selfish Gene (1976), wherein he argued that “genes” are selfish and want to propagate themselves; for his 3.3M+ copy selling The God Delusion (2006); among other books, e.g. The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996); resulting in a decade worth of “new atheism” YouTube debates; in all of which he advocates a popular, albeit rather effort-filled, brand of Dawkinsian atheism (compare: Thimsian atheism), a sort of nihilistic blind random chance model of every thing, which has no rhyme or reason, save that "genes" are selfish (see: self does not exist).

M English
Hwang 75.png David Hwang
(24- AE)
(c.1979- ACM)
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(FET:35) (SNE:10) (CR:43) (LH:4) (TL:47) (SPE:13|2014)[4] Chemist and neurologist; noted for his 2001 “The Thermodynamics of Love” (see: progress report).
M American
Thomas Wallace 75.png Thomas Wallace
(20- BE)
(1935 ACM)
83 (FET:57) (SNE:3) (CR:84) M American
Mark Janes 75.png Mark Janes
(22- AE)
(1973- ACM)
Janes on Morality (2009).jpg
(FET:55) (TC:85) Chemical engineer and philosopher, noted for his 2010 "carbon entromorphology" theory, which defines people as giant photon-amplified morphed carbon structures (e.g. "Mr Carbon Atom"), and digresses on morality in terms of Gibbs energy, enthalpy, and entropy; for his 2010 "Human Thermodynamics" video[20], wherein he defines human thermodynamics as the biggest overall unified theory of the 21st century, and for his 2012 book Mr Carbon Atom, wherein he outlines his theories.[21]
M English
Mark Granovetter 75.png Mark Granovetter
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(CR:16) Sociologist; noted for his 1973 “The Strength of the Weak Ties”, the result of his Harvard sociology PhD thesis, wherein he interviewed dozens of people to find out how they used social networks to find new jobs, finding that most jobs were obtained via “weak ties”, which reminded him of how hydrogen molecules, held by strong covalent bonds, are connected socially into liquid networks, held via weak hydrogen bonds; the article became the most-cited sociology article of the 20th century.
M American
Josip Stepanic 75.png Josip Stepanic
Internal energy of a social system (Stepanic, 2000).png
(Thims 33:6) (FET:40) (CR:29) Physicist;
“Relations between social potentials are postulated by drawing an analogy with thermodynamics relations between thermodynamic potentials, thus obtaining a toy model of some of the statistical properties of social systems. Within this model, an interpretation of a socially relevant acting that does not invoke structural changes in social systems, is given in terms of social potentials.”
— Josip Stepanic (2000), “Approach to a Quantitative Description of Social Systems Based on Thermodynamic Formalism”

Noted for a several 2000 to 2007 articles, wherein he, and some of his co-authors, modeling social systems and economies via thermodynamic formalism, using concepts such as social free energy, among others;

M Croatian
Robert Sterner 75.png Robert Sterner
Sterner-Esler formula (2002).png
(CR:58) Limnologist, plankton ecologist, and nutrition dynamicist;
“I have become intrigued by the fact that the content of essential elements, such as N and P, varies both interspecifically and intraspecifically.”
— Robert Sterner (2015), University of Minnesota profile

Noted for his 2000 calculation of a 22-element human molecular formula, with James Elser, published in their 2002 Ecological Stoichiometry (a Clifford Pickover Tweet (Ѻ) of which, pictured), inspired, in some sense, by Redfield ratio (C:N:P = 106:16:1) of marine biomass, discovered by Alfred Redfield (1934).

M American
Jane Goodall 75.png Jane Goodall
Gombe chimp territories.png
(RGM:338|1,350+) (Becker 160:49|5L) (Douglass 11:4) Primatologist and anthropologist; famous for her detailed documentation of the Gombe national reserve chimpanzee war (1970-1975)[22], which shed light on "territory expansion"[23] the transition state mechanism of animal revolution reactions and also the visualization of “boundary” in a social chemical thermodynamics sense; in 2009, she ranked 5th in the New Scientist survey of 800 scientists and members of the public, as to the query: “greatest female scientist of all time”, behind, Curie, Franklin, Hypatia, and Burnell;
F English
Claus Wedekind 75.png Claus Wedekind
(CR:7) Ecologist and evolutionary zoologist;
“Women who are not taking oral contraceptives and who are dissimilar to a particular male's MHC perceive his odor as more pleasant than women whose MHC is more similar to that of the test man.”
— Clause Wedekind (1995), “MHC-Dependent Preferences in Humans”

Noted for his 1995 “sweaty T-shirt study”, wherein, building on MHC-compatibility mate selection work on mice (Yamazaky, 1976) and fish (Boehm, 2006), he collected DNA samples from 49-female and 44-male college students, then had them ware cotton t-shirts for two days, then put had them put the shirts in plastic bags, and then had the opposite sex “smell” each shirt for: intensity, pleasantness, and sexiness; thereafter finding that people are most sexually-attracted to the mates with the most dissimilar MHC, meaning most-attracted to mates who will yield offspring with the most diverse MHC immune system defense spectrum;

M Swiss
Thomas Sowell 75.png Thomas Sowell
90 (RGM:899|1,350+) (GAEG:13) Economist and social theorist;. M American
Larry Page 75.png Larry Page


(SPE:43|2014)[8] (FMPP 2016:8)[10] Computer scientist; noted for his 1998 invention of Google, done with Sergey Brin, the brainchild of his 1996 NSF-funded PhD dissertation topic Stanford Digital Library Project, the aim of which was to make an integrated universal library, wherein he gleaned the informational “value” of the back link structure” the Web.
M American
James Lovelock 75.png James Lovelock
Gaia (Lovelock book).png
(RGM:824|1,350+) (Thims 33:13) (CR:26) Earth scientist and philosopher;
“To find ‘alien life’ on Mars, we need to look for a reduction or reversal of entropy, which is the sign of life.”
— James Lovelock (1964), suggest at the NASA-funded Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Noted for his 1964 “entropy reduction” theory of alien life; this seed idea transformed into his 1974 "Atmospheric Homeostasis by and for the Biosphere: the Gaia hypothesis" article, co-authored with Lynn Margulis; his 1975 “Thermodynamics and the Recognition of Alien Biospheres”;

M English
Warren Buffett 75.png Warren Buffett
90 (SPE:11|2014)[8] M American
Leachman 75.png Jacob Leachman
(28- AE)
(c.1983- ACM)
37 (FET:61) (TL:12) Mechanical engineer, thermodynamicist, and philosopher; M American
Larry Ellison 75.png Larry Ellison
“There is no need to even have a college degree, at all, or even high school. If somebody graduated from a great university, that may be an indication that they may be ‘capable’ of great things, but it is not necessarily the case. If you look at people like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, or Steve Jobs, these guys didn’t graduate from college, but if you had a chance to high them, that would, of course, be a good idea. Just looking for an indication of exceptional ability, or if there is a track record of exceptional achievement, then it is likely that that will continue into the future. How would I describe myself? Well, I seem to have a high innate ‘drive’, and that’s been true even since I was a little kid. You know, I really had a very strong drive. I did all sorts of risky things when I was a kid. I am always like: why did I do all those sorts of things, they were crazy? I care a lot about the ‘truth’ of things, and trying to understand the truth of things. So, I think that’s important.”
— Elon Musk (2018), “I Don’t Give a Damn About Your Degree” (Ѻ), Feb 10

In 1977, after dropping out of college, he founded the company Oracle, with an investment of $1200, to build a database for the CIA; in 2015, he was the 5th richest person in the world;

M American
Helen Fisher 75.png Helen Fisher
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(CR:14) Anthropologist, mate selection researcher, and love theorist; noted for her The Sex Contract: Evolution of Human Behavior (1983), wherein she details Jane Goodall’s account of the Chimpanzee War, Anatomy of Love: a Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray (1992), her core book, and Why We Love: the Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love (2004); in 2005, was hired by to the research consultant behind, which attempted to match people via a combination of personality and hormones; influenced: Thims.
F American
Malcolm Gladwell 75.png Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point (soft social physics).png
(SPE:39|2014)[8] (CR:19) Science writer; noted for his The Tipping Point (2000), the highest selling book of the 2000s, wherein he distilled the work of Mark Granovetter (weak and strong ties), Robin Dunbar (Dunbar number), six degrees of separation, connectors, William Condon’s 1960s cultural “microrhythms” or human “micromovements”, which therein popularized what might be called “soft social physics” to the lay public; his 2005 Blink, introduced the marriage stability studies of John Gottman (Gottman ration).
M American
Mala Radhakrishnan 75.png Mala Radhakrishnan
(23- AE)
(1978- ACM)
(FET:51) (SNE:13) (TL:19)

Computational biophysical chemist and chemistry poet;

“When I think of chemistry, I always think of what are the atoms ‘feeling’ on a molecular and atomic level and in a lot of ways, the reactions that they experience are similar to the relationships that people experience.”
— Mala Radhakrishnan (2011), BBC Interview on her chemistry poetry

In 1998, while a chemistry and physics student (BS Harvard 2000; PhD physical chemistry, MIT 2007), she began to write chemical-stylized poetry, which she tested at local poetry jam sessions, becoming known around Boston as the “chemistry poet”; publishing them in: Chemistry for the Couch Potato (2003)[24], Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances (2011), Thinking, Periodically: Poetic Life Notions in Brownian Motion (2018); in 2012, via handle @AtomicRomances, began Tweeting 100s of philosophically-laded social-family style, physical chemistry themed rhymes, over 420+ Tweets by Jul 2014;

F American
Jean Deneubourg 75.png Jean Deneubourg
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Physical chemist and animal and insect collective behavior theorist; noted for his c.1982 “lazy ant study[25], wherein he set up a nest of ants, wherein to get food, the ants had to cross either a long path or short path bridge, during which he was able to different between “lazy ants”[26] and “hard-working” ants, and when he removed all of the lazy ants and put them into a new system, with the same design, the lazy ant group transformed or differentiated into a hierarchy of lazy and hard-working ants; did other ant traffic[27] studies; influenced: Prigogine and Thims.
M Belgian
Steven Pinker 75.png Steven Pinker
(1- BE)
(1954- ACM)
(SPE:60|2014)[8] Cognitive psychologist, linguist, and popular science writer; noted for his 2002 The Blank Slate: the Modern Denial of Human Nature, which was one of the three books, along with Philip Ball's 2004 book Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another and Jared Diamond’s 2005 book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, that prompted Steve Fuller's 2005 rant article about not being a molecule; SLP (2009) (Ѻ);
M Canadian-born American
Donald Knuth 75.png Donald Knuth
(1938- ACM)
83 (Becker 160:101|3L) Mathematician and computer scientist; noted for his 1962 multi-volume The Art of Computer Programming; for his 1978 invention of TeX typesetting system, a popular means of typesetting complex mathematical formulae, e.g. LaTex; a 2013 12th “Smartest People Alive” (of 30); a 2021 street-poll by Thims of a random computer scientist replied that Turing and Knuth were the top two greatest computer scientists of all time; downgrade for his 2001 book 3.14: Bible Texts Illuminated, wherein he talks about why Jesus didn't speak about molecules and new religions based on fractals, sold by charlatans.[28] M American
Paul Allen 75.png Paul Allen
67 (SPE:54|2014)[8] Computer scientist; noted as co-founder, with Bill Gates, of Microsoft; M American
Matt Damon 75.png Matt Damon
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Actor and screen writer; famous for co-writing, with Ben Affleck, and being lead actor in the film Good Will Hunting (1997), the script being an admixture of his experience as a Harvard student and the experience of William Sidis, at Harvard and MIT; also noted for the 2002-2016 Bourne Identity film series; influenced: Thims (see: drive-thru paradox)[29];
M American
Mark Zuckerberg 75.png Mark Zuckerberg
(FMPP 2016:10)[10] Computer programmer; founder of Facebook.
M American
Noam Chomsky 75.png Noam Chomsky
92 (RGM:279|1,350+) (Becker 160:150|2L) (Becker 139:57|6L) (Simmons 100:71) (SPE:10|2014)[4] Linguist and philosopher; noted for his 1998 Manufacturing Consent; M American
Jurgen Habermas 75.png Jurgen Habermas
(26- BE)
(1929- ACM)
91 (RGM:795|1350+) (PR:963|65AE / Philosophers:71) (Becker 139:56|6L) (Listal 100:31) Philosopher and sociologist in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism; M German
Cormac McCarthy
(22- BE)
(1933- ACM)
87 Novelist, playwright, short-story writer, and screenwriter;
“If the ‘rule’ you followed, led you to this, of what use was the rule?”
— Cormac McCarthy (2005), No Country for Old Men (pg. 175); said famously[30] by character Anton Chigurh in 2007 film adaptation

Author of ten novels, two plays, two screenplays, and three short-stories, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and post-apocalyptic genres

M American
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74 Film director, producer, and screenwriter; noted for writing the script for the 1983 film Scarface, starring Al Pacino (written by request of Pacino); based on 1932 film Scarface, written by Ben Hecht, and produced by Howard Hawks and Howard Hughes; based loosely on the 1929 novel Scarface by Armitage Trail, the storyline of which heavily inspired by Al Capone, whose nickname was “scarface”; also wrote and directed Platoon (1986). M American
Morgan Freeman 75.png Morgan Freeman
IQ O.png=175[31]
IQ O.png=168[31]
84 Actor;
“Why would race have anything to do with that? Stick your mind for what you want to do, and go for that.”
— Morgan Freeman (2017), “Freeman burns CNN host’s race card” (Ѻ)
M American
John Emsley 75.png John Emsley
(CR:5) Inorganic chemist; noted for his 1989 The Elements, written for scientists, especially chemists; for his 1992 BBC education show on how the elements: Ar, C, O, U, N, and S, either comprise humans, or have played a role in human history, e.g. the theory that Napoleon might have been poisoned by arsenic; and for his 2001 Nature’s Building Blocks: an A-Z Guide to the Elements, wherein he devotes a section to each of the first 100-elements, including its discoverer, and percentage in humans; influenced: Robert Sterner, James Elser, and Libb Thims in their independent calculations of the “human molecular formula”; first-slating: #2,000 (with up arrow) (Nov 2020).
M English


Existive IQs, as has been learned (Thims, 2015), cannot be added to non-existive IQs (historical IQs), as the result yields existive-based biased nonsense.[32]

In 2004, Prospect Magazine began publishing a semi-annual, not published in 2016 to 2018, vote-based ranking, of the top fifty world thinkers, originally called “British public intellectuals” (2004) (Ѻ).

In 2005, Foreign Policy Magazine began publishing a semi-annual  vote-based “100 Leading Global Thinkers” issue, which has yielded some notable names, e.g. Paul Krugman (six appearances), Ayaan Ali, Bill Gates, and Christopher Hitchens, Barack Obama, Steven Pinker (four appearances), Richard Dawkins, Jared Diamond, Malcolm Gladwell, Jurgen Habermas, Vaclav Havel, Mark Zuckerberg (three appearances).[33]


On 22 Jul 2013, Thims started the “smartest person alive | existive” (SPE 2013) rankings page, which by 2014 culminated in about 50 names and 10 candidates (SPE 2014).[4] On 11 Dec 2014, Thims made 5-part YouTube video series, entitled: "25 Smartest People Alive | Existive (2014)" (80-min).[34] On 5 Jun 2015, Thims “removed” all of the “existive” (aka living) people from the top 500 geniuses rankings.[32] In Dec 2016, Thims, with the SPE 2014 rankings pages having become inactive, per editing issues and lack of notable candidates, started a new “smartest person existive” (SPE 2016) page, filling it with about a dozen names, which also stalled out.[5] In Nov 2020, with the advent of the new MediaWiki-based version of Hmolpedia (as compared to the WetPaint-wiki version of Hmolpedia 2020), this “smartest people existive” page was started, originally as an “end table” (with 14-names) to the then-growing top 2000 minds rankings. In Dec 2020 (65 AE), Thims did a YouTube countdown of the “top 62 smartest people on the planet”.[35]


If you know of an intelligent individual who you might intuit could possibly be a candidate for inclusion in the smartest people existive rankings, current standings as ranked in the table below, feel free to post a suggestion and reasoning why, either on the "discussion page" or post comments in the smartest people existive forum. Also, try to avoid posting up discussion about fake intellectuals with “inflated IQs[36]; as these, for the most part, are scams and a waste of time. The person should have already done some real intellectual work, that might be comparable to intellectual work done by the top 2000 minds, as someone looking back a 100 or a thousand years from now might judge. If candidates are nominated enough, they could make it into the semi-annual end of year "Smartest People Existive | Alive" YouTube video countdown.


The following are related quotes:

“The smartest person alive, would know they are NOT alive.”
Libb Thims (2014), “Mental note of three SPA purviews”, Jun 23 [37][38]

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  1. Note: it is VERY difficult to compare and rank currently existing people in comparison to the classical geniuses of all time; per reason that "geniuses", historically, tend to come in waves, or during thunderstorms, but only during certain rare confluences; hence, the likelihood of finding "real geniuses", in a given generation, as someone a thousand years from now might ranking things, is marginal. Moreover, there always is a strong tendency to over rank geniuses closer to oneself in historical proximity.
  2. 25th Anniversary – Internet Archive
  3. (a) Note 1: on 5 Jun 2015, Thims “removed” all of the “existive” (i.e. “living” in colloquial speak), geniuses from the top “1000 geniuses list”.
    (b) Note 2: On 12 Oct 2020, Thims, amid the "wiki transfer", re-added top 1000 existive draftees, to a "below" section (shown).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Smartest person alive | Existive (2014) (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Smartest person existive (2016) (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  6. IQ:200+ (references) – (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  7. TIL Christopher Hirata has an IQ of 225 (2014) – Quora.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 Smartest person alive | existive (26-100) (2014) (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  9. Wilson, Edward O. (2013). Letters to a Young Scientist (IQ, pg. 79). Liveright.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Forbes List of the Worlds Most Powerful People – Wikipedia.
  11. Gates model – Hmolpedia 2020.
  12. Marx IQ vs Musk IQ? (2017) – Quora.
  13. What is Elon Musk’s IQ? (2019) – Quora.
  14. Does Elon Musk really have an IQ of 250 like Charlie Munger said? (2018) – Quora.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Munger, Charlie. (2014). "Q&A Interview", Forbes (Ѻ), “Daily Journal Annual Meeting”. Forbes.
  16. Anon. (2011). “Other, Living, Candidates”, Threads (§:Genius IQs, post #[1]), Hmolpedia 2020, Nov 28.
  17. Oroborus1776. (2021). “1,094 minds: Ranked by IQ”, r/RealGeniuses, Mar 4.
  18. Buss study (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  19. What is Richard Dawkins’ IQ? (2018) – Quora.
  20. Janes, Mark. (2010). “Human Thermodynamics” (YT), Mark Janes, Jun 21; Human Chemistry 101 (YT), Jan 21.
  21. Janes, Mark. (2010). “About” (WB), Home page,
  22. Chimpanzee war (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  23. Anon. (2017). “Territory Expansion” (YT), Discovery UK, Mar 5.
  24. Radhakrishnan, Mala. (2003). Chemistry for the Couch Potato: a Collection of Poems (GB). Publisher.
  25. Lazy ant study – Hmolpedia 2020.
  26. Schultz, David. (2015). “Most Worker Ants are Slackers” (Ѻ),, Oct 6.
  27. Deneubourg, Jean; Dussutour, Audrey; Fourcassie, Vincent; Heibing, Dirk. (2004). “Optimal Traffic Organization in Ants Under Crowded Conditions” (abs), Nature, 428:70-73.
  28. Knuth, Donald. (2001). 3.14: Bible Texts Illuminated, Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About (pg. 20) (pdf). Publisher.
  29. Drive-thru paradox – Hmolpedia 2002.
  30. No Country for Old Men (film) – WikiQuote.
  31. 31.0 31.1 What is Morgan Freeman’s IQ? (2020) –
  32. 32.0 32.1 Why does Libb Thims make genius lists? (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  33. FP Top 100 Global Thinkers – Wikipedia.
  34. Thims, Libb. (2014). “25 Smartest People Alive | Existive (2014)” (YT) (five-parts) (81-min), Human Chemistry 101, Dec 11.
  35. Thims, Libb. (2020). “Smartest Person Existive | Alive 2020 (65 AE)” (YT), Human Chemistry 101, Dec 28.
  36. Inflated IQ – Hmolpedia 2020.
  37. Thims (person notes) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  38. Compare: Jonathan Dowling (IQ:175|#269), Alfred Rogers (SPE:6), and Ferris Jabr (CPE:24)

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