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TED's top 10 smart people in the world.

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October 19, 2005

TED's top 10 smart people in the world.

Bruce Nussbaum

For those of you not acquainted with TED--the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference that draws a top-notch crowd of techies, media and design people every year--there's a TEDblog that can now plug you in. Richard Saul Wurman, that quirky information-design genius, first launched the TED conference and now Chris Andersen has taken over.

Here is a list of "the world's top 20 public intellectuals" that was recently posted on the TEDblog site. It was compiled by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect magazine based on a internet vote. It's euro-centric but interesting.

1 Noam Chomsky

2 Umberto Eco

3 Richard Dawkins

4 Václav Havel

5 Christopher Hitchens

6 Paul Krugman

7 Jürgen Habermas

8 Amartya Sen

9 Jared Diamond

10 Salman Rushdie

11 Naomi Klein

12 Shirin Ebadi

13 Hernando de Soto

14 Bjørn Lomborg

15 Abdolkarim Soroush

16 Thomas Friedman

17 Pope Benedict XVI

18 Eric Hobsbawm

19 Paul Wolfowitz

20 Camille Paglia

The TEDblog says the results look like "there are three criteria to make the list. 1) Be really smart. 2) Write a best-selling book. 3) Have your supporters organize an Internet voting campaign." Lessons to us all.

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