Spend an hour with anyone - who?

Lambourne

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Neill Armstrong or one of the other moon astronauts, while they were on the moon obviously. I'd bring a case of beer to trade for the use of a spacesuit and hop around on the moon for a while.
 
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Haus

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Ben Franklin, just to spend an hour getting rekt and tagging French strange....
 
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Jozu

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Yea Franklin would be sick to hang out with. He was the fucking man, he isn't on the 100$ bill for nothing, the guy was a legend.
 

Aaron

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You know, fuck my previous choice, I have a better one. Richard Nixon while he's still president. I'd spend the first five minutes telling him how the US won the cold war. Then I'd tell him about the slow but relentless drive to socialism that followed.

I wonder how far into the hour I would go before he gave the order to nuke California.
 

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I changed my mind. This guy by a mile. Preferably during the first ever Antarctic flyover.
Richard E. Byrd

I almost said Ernest Shackleton.

Ernest Shackleton - Wikipedia

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was an explorer who in 1901 joined an expedition to the Antarctic. He was sent home early due to bad health. Devoted to creating a legacy, he led the Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Disaster struck when his ship, the Endurance, was crushed by ice. He and his crew drifted on sheets of ice for months until they reached Elephant Island. Shackleton eventually rescued his crew, all of whom survived the ordeal. He later died while setting out on another Antarctic expedition.

But there's a long list of people I would like to visit with if only for a few minutes, to see what actually happened.

Dan Cooper
Whoever killed Hoffa, what did you do with him or where did he wind up.
Jack the ripper
Zodiac killer
Lindberg baby
The 3 guys who escaped from Alcatraz, to find out how far they made it and such.
 
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Whidon

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Oliver Cromwell

Dude was a totally obscure middle class farmer for the first 43 years of life. Had no military training or experience.

In the next 10 years he would win every battle. Becoming the only commoner to ever rule England, and the first English ruler to conquer Scotland and make a United Kingdom of England, Scotland, and Ireland under one rule.

I would love to meet a puritan and try to figure out what made them so fierce, determined and successful in England and America for one. But it would also be interesting to ask why he refused the crown among other things.
 

sleevedraw

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In no particular order. If you held a gun to my head and had me pick one, Trajan.

Fabulous/Arguably Fabulous:
Alexander the Great
Trajan
Walt Whitman
Frederick the Great

Non-Fabulous:
Grover Cleveland
Aldous Huxley
Gilbert Lewis

People others have already mentioned:
Seth Rich
Ben Franklin
George Patton
 
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AngryGerbil

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In no particular order. If you held a gun to my head and had me pick one, Trajan.

Good answer.

I think Trajan is probably the most notable of the Roman Emperors. He is the second of the 'Three Good Emperors'. He both expanded the Roman empire and understood that his own genetics played very little role in how he accomplished such a feat on his own part. He knew, somehow, that his memes were superior to his genes. He demonstrated this knowledge when he picked Aurelius as his successor.

He didn't pick a genetic successor because he himself was not a genetic successor. He picked a memetic successor, as was done to him, and he therefore was considered not only the bridge of the 'First Good Emperor' to the 'Third Good Emperor' he maintained what I think is a key understanding of historical politics that most humans in history do not get: "My son is not always the best inheritor of my legacy."

Sadly, Aurelius, for as wise as he was, was unable to see the error that he made when he appointed his own son Commodus to the throne.

Trajan is a good answer.
 
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sleevedraw

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Good answer.

I think Trajan is probably the most notable of the Roman Emperors. He is the second of the 'Three Good Emperors'. He both expanded the Roman empire and understood that his own genetics played very little role in how he accomplished such a feat on his own part. He knew, somehow, that his memes were superior to his genes. He demonstrated this knowledge when he picked Aurelius as his successor.

It was Hadrian who nominated Aurelius as his successor. Trajan chose Hadrian on his deathbed (although some of the ancient sources think it was actually Trajan's wife).

Interestingly enough, Nerva, Trajan, and Hadrian all tilted homosexual, and all of them seemed to choose their successor based on that memetic principle you mentioned.

Sadly, Aurelius, for as wise as he was, was unable to see the error that he made when he appointed his own son Commodus to the throne.

I like Aurelius, but I also think if there's anything that acts as prima facie evidence that Hume was right and we are fundamentally emotional instead of rational, it's this case study.
 
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