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:
- Friedrich Nietzsche - Go Übermensch!
- Immanuel Kant
- William Shakespeare
- Richard Dawkins - First influencer that is actually alive!
- Aristotle & Ernest Hemingway
- Sam Harris -
- Charles Dickens
- Hitchens, Dostoyevsky, Hegel & Joyce
- René Descartes
- Franz Kafka
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Noam Chomsky - Foiled by Noam.
- Plato & Socrates
- Karl Marx
- David Hume
- John Locke
- Leo Tolstoy
- William Faulkner
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
- Oscar Wilde
- Albert Camus
- Daniel Dennett
Some shocking highlights from this list.
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.