Currents in our Contemporary Culture

If I were to ask you who your greatest influences are, what would you say? Beyond giving my upcoming eBook a small plug, the point of this Blog post is that influencers are different than we think. For example, having Nietzche as my #1 influence was very shocking to me. Read on and discover what else I discovered in my dance with the data.
Who are your influencers? How do you determine and rank your influencers? How do you rank the influencers that affect your favorite authors and intellectuals?

Better yet, as an intellectual, or Academic author, how do you interact with the currents of mainstream and contemporary culture? We have a suggestion and a possible solution to this vexing problem. A framework to base a strategy and measure interactions.

Based on the books that I have personally read in the last 24 months, and using a planksip™ search algorithm we were able to extract 373 influencers.

This compiled list shows my top twenty-five (25) influencers. They are as follows:

  1. Friedrich Nietzsche - Go Übermensch!
  2. Immanuel Kant
  3. William Shakespeare
  4. Richard Dawkins - First influencer that is actually alive!
  5. Aristotle & Ernest Hemingway
  6. Sam Harris -
  7. Charles Dickens
  8. Hitchens, Dostoyevsky, Hegel & Joyce
  9. René Descartes
  10. Franz Kafka
  11. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  12. Noam Chomsky - Foiled by Noam.
  13. Plato & Socrates
  14. Karl Marx
  15. David Hume
  16. John Locke
  17. Leo Tolstoy
  18. William Faulkner
  19. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  20. Ludwig Wittgenstein
  21. Oscar Wilde
  22. Albert Camus
  23. Daniel Dennett

Some shocking highlights from this list.

Nietzsche!! Really??

I have never read a book from Nietzche, I don't subscribe to any sort of Nietzschian perspective. Fascinating.

Dawkins and the 3 Horsemen

Daniel Dennett actually make the top 25. He made number 27. In Daniel's place, Noam Chomsky is the fourth living Giant on my deterministic list of authors and influencers. Dawkins is the first living Giant, followed by Sam Harris, then Christopher Hitchens.

Daniel Sanderson

My primary professional aspiration is to constantly improve my own writing and communication skills because as Adorno says, "dialectics means intransigence towards all reification". Viva la evolución

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