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Famous Genius Blunders

Updated on March 4, 2017

Introduction

There is a tendency for the average person to rely too much on experts and the smartest among us for everything. Even though they are just humans like and and have made mistakes and blunders. Here are some examples that may surprise you.

- June 2016

Some Famous Blunders


  • Thomas Edison, the inventor of hundreds of machines and the electric light bulb that changed our lives for the better. He advocated for DC currents as opposed to AC which was invented by Nikola Tesla. The 110 Volt AC current is what we plug into our walls today because it is a more efficient way to transmit electricity over long distances.
  • Stephen Hawkins, a renown theoretical physicist, and author of the book "A Brief History of Time" once postulated that everything entering a black hole will disappear forever. He also believed time can go backwards which he later recanted.
  • Albert Einstein, the father of relativity and the famous equation E=MC2 that lead to the invention of the atomic bomb. He proposed a cosmological constant to keep the universe stable. He was not aware that the universe is expanding. It was wrong.
  • Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, once proposed his own theory of DNA structure of having a triple helix configuration. The double helix of Crick and Watson was the correct one.
  • Bill Gates, the boy genius of Microsoft and the PC revolution, once said "OS/2 is destined to be the most important Operating System of all time..." Sadly, he was mistaken.
  • Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computer, the largest capitalization of all times, once said "even Jesus could not sell a music subscription service..."
  • Elon Musk, the brain behind Tesla electric car, SpaceX and SolarCity, recently said we are all sims like the scifi movie the Matrix. He also said in an interview that we can use atomic bomb to seed Mars and make it habitable for humans.

Summary

sometimes we all need to use common sense. We cannot be lazy and let the so called "experts" call all the shots. As history have shown us, they all make mistakes. Some mistakes are harmless and we are all human. However, some policies may have dramatic impact on all our lives. I, for one, am not ready to turn my life to someone who may have a hidden agenda or may just be delutional about his own grandeur.

Hockey Stick Graph by IPCC vs. Reality

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      suraj punjabi 11 months ago from jakarta

      Interesting research my friend. You present you findings very well. Could you perhaps elaborate on the graphs and the sources of it. Because I find it quite alarming that people can be wrong about global warming. If it is wrong was it on purpose or was it a blunder? Thanks.

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Suraj, The source of the graph can be found here -

      http://www.iloveco2.com/2009/01/top-15-climate-myt...

      The link on "the rise and fall of the hockey stick" gives a good summary on this story as well. It is disturbing that some scientists will manipulate data to prove an agenda. The truth always win in the end.

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      suraj punjabi 11 months ago from jakarta

      How do you know this source is not biased?

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      That's a good question. I have done a lot of research on my own regarding climate change and I have written here on hubpages and debated with another hubber named doc snow. You can read up on it if you like. I have also attended colloquiems at the Lamont Observatory near my house, a branch of Columbia University. My conclusion is based on my knowledge of this topic and my belief that CO2 is not a pollutant but a necessary part of our life cycle. The topic of climate change is very complex and our scientists do not have a good understanding of the whole picture. To focus on one element is just incomplete and misguided. The proof is in the final results. The many climate models that have made extreme predictions on our climate going forward has not come true. It is much less sensitive to CO2 than they claim and more due to the natural variability of the Sun and other cycles...

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

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