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Jeff, Alo, Kel, and Spring.

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Why the long disappearance? Also, why do I only ever see your AIM ID on my buddy list with the Mobile Device symbol, 24/7, and never without it? Did you lose a phone or something?

I would invite George W. Bush, Jack Chick, Fred Phelps, and Kirk Johnson.

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I was gunna go with some witty reply involving several pornstars and supermodels, but I'll spare you all that one.

So I'll go with: Captain Kirk, Homestar Runner, Jeremy (from Pure Pwnage), and Jerry Seinfeld.

I think I win for "Most Interesting Conversation".

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Bender :D , John Basedow, Jesus, Gandi (Out of them, who would win in a fight?)

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who would win in a fight?
I'll put my money on the only drunken robot in the bunch.

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Originally written by Aranfoolcaytar:

God? In any specific kind of incarnation, or just as an invisible omnipotent being, or as a wise man with a long white beard?
Wise man with a long white beard. It would make it so much easier for conversation, although him already knowing whats going to be said could get rather irritating.
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Jeros, do you have a notebook full of all of our responses to all of your topics?
What gave away that impression? I actually do not collect responses in a notebook and I am not affilated with any kind of secret service agency that monitors these message boards. Some of the topics I start up are usually based off of stuff I think it's interesting that I read from the newspaper or see on TV (hence why I started up the "Human Cloning" thread). I just find it surprising that a lot of my starter topics get around 20-50 posts.

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Originally written by ben XIII:

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Originally written by TurtleWhipper:

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Originally written by Kelandon:


If we could bridge the language divide, gimme Augustus, Socrates, Jesus, and Marx. If you think Spiderweb political/philosophical debates get interesting....

You know...Jesus could speak English.

He could, but there is really no account of him speaking anything other than Hebrew while on Earth.

He could come to my dinner table though, along with TM (these other two may be able to enlighten him somewhat), Bush, and, hmmm. Who else wants to? ;)

You, Jesus and Bush? Not a chance. :eek:

Plus TM? No, I'll stay out of the crossfire.

Edit: See, I'd prefer someone with some kind of table manners.

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[ Sunday, August 07, 2005 23:39: Message edited by: Aranfoolcaytar ]

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You know, now that I think about it, I think Augustus Caesar, Socrates, Jesus of Nazareth, and Karl Marx would've been able to converse in Ancient Greek. Augustus and Socrates definitely spoke it. Marx definitely read Latin and Greek, so he'd probably have been able to pick up conversational stuff pretty quickly. Jesus may not have spoken much Greek, though; he might need one of his disciples to stand in as a translator.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Regardless, for the sake of Socrates and Augustus (and probably Marx, too, but I'm not sure if he spoke English in addition to German), we'd need a Babel fish.
babel fish. wasn't that the fish in the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy, that you would put in your head and it would translate evrything what was said to you, to english?

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That is the one.

There is now a translation site by the same name, although like most machine translations, it sucks.

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I wouldn't say it sucks; it's good for the definitions of obscure words. It's just really bad for basic grammar.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Ben: Aramaic, technically, but when has factual accuracy ever been your goal?

Regardless, for the sake of Socrates and Augustus (and probably Marx, too, but I'm not sure if he spoke English in addition to German), we'd need a Babel fish.

Marx did indeed speak English, although he never got too good at it.
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Marx spent most his life in London, where he died. He also wrote The Capital, which he did for a large crowd all over the world. Even back then, English was the international language.

Yes, Marx spoke english.

Edit: Apparently this wa sallready answered, so I will answer this instead.

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Originally written by Marvin, the paranoid android:

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Regardless, for the sake of Socrates and Augustus (and probably Marx, too, but I'm not sure if he spoke English in addition to German), we'd need a Babel fish.
babel fish. wasn't that the fish in the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy, that you would put in your head and it would translate evrything what was said to you, to english?

The babelfish did not transelate whatever spoken into english, but it transelated whatever spoken into a language you could understand. If it transelated to english 99.9999999999999999(and so on)% of the Galaxy would not have any use of the babelfish.

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99,9999999999999999%? You are assuming that for every English speaking person, there are 10^16 non-English speaking persons in the galaxy. With 3.5 * 10^8 native English speakers alone, that makes 3.5 * 10^24 people. No matter what your theories regarding alien civilizations, I find that ratio to be just a bit unlikely.

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Originally written by Zaiu:

Jesus, Buddha Gautama, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and I'll leave the fourth seat open for now.
How about Mohamed?

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Originally written by Aranfoolcaytar:

99,9999999999999999%? You are assuming that for every English speaking person, there are 10^16 non-English speaking persons in the galaxy. With 3.5 * 10^8 native English speakers alone, that makes 3.5 * 10^24 people. No matter what your theories regarding alien civilizations, I find that ratio to be just a bit unlikely.
It's not all that unbelievable when you consider there are billions if not trillions of creatures on earth which communicate in a way we cannot understand...

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Originally written by Archmage Alex:

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Originally written by Zaiu:

Jesus, Buddha Gautama, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and I'll leave the fourth seat open for now.
How about Mohamed?

Yes, he was the fourth I had in mind, but I was also thinking of a couple people who could benefit from such a meeting.

I was also half tempted to say God, but I see God as something a bit different than a bearded man in the clouds, so it would already be there.

[ Monday, August 08, 2005 09:04: Message edited by: Zaiu ]

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Originally written by Lt. Sullust:

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Originally written by Aranfoolcaytar:

99,9999999999999999%? You are assuming that for every English speaking person, there are 10^16 non-English speaking persons in the galaxy. With 3.5 * 10^8 native English speakers alone, that makes 3.5 * 10^24 people. No matter what your theories regarding alien civilizations, I find that ratio to be just a bit unlikely.
It's not all that unbelievable when you consider there are billions if not trillions of creatures on earth which communicate in a way we cannot understand...

We were speaking about Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, where there are billions of worlds and huge numbers of aliens, as decribed by Doughlas Adams. So my numbers would be correct.

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And do you know how many of those billions and trillions of aliens do or don't speak English? Be careful when you start throwing numbers around!

—Alorael, who doesn't even like Babelfish for cross-language definitions. It picks one meaning and always applies it, no matter how inappropriate, for most words. There are online dictionaries for almost any language you're likely to be attempting to use, and they are better than Babelfish. Mostly.
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Originally written by Fury #2:

And do you know how many of those billions and trillions of aliens do or don't speak English? Be careful when you start throwing numbers around!

—Alorael, who doesn't even like Babelfish for cross-language definitions. It picks one meaning and always applies it, no matter how inappropriate, for most words. There are online dictionaries for almost any language you're likely to be attempting to use, and they are better than Babelfish. Mostly.

Don't get starting on me when it comes to "Probability", because I am a Philosophy student and I will never let it rest. Both you and me know that within all reason it is "safe to say" that they do not. Let's leave it at that.

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Originally written by Toenail1000:

Jeff, Alo, Kel, and Spring.
Why me? I wouldn't add anything very meaningful to the conversation.

On second thoughts, I would not invite John Howard. I would have Eddie Maguire.

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Originally written by Icshi:

Genghis Khan, Joseph Stalin, Jack the Ripper, and Caligula.

...There were no survivors.
...

You have the right idea, but the list fails to achieve its full potential. Here is what I would to with it:
Genghis Khan - minister of "defense"
Machiavelli - minister of foreign affairs
Stalin - prime minister
Big Brother - president (or Goebels for minister of information)

With the formation of above cabinet, I'll be ready to properly rule the world.

A more [boring]serious answer: I'd probably invite 4 of my friends. Famous scientists and philosophers don't necessarily make best partners for dinner conversation and might not even be that good at explaining their theories to a random person like me. So the only thing you'd get from having them at your dinner table are bragging rites.

PS If we are allowed to invite fictional characters for an extended period of time, I'd invite an inventor of time machine, with all of his blueprints, along with scientists who discovered teleportation and rapid interstellar travel. I need to look up the names of the ones who come from books set in early 20th century, so that we'd have all technology necessary to build the inventions of these scientists.

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