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Who Has the Greatest Philoso-fro?

December 21, 2011, 5:06 PM

Philosofro (fi - los - uh -fro): A magnificent hair nebula worn by one of the greatest thinkers of our time.

Whether by design or through forgetting ever to go to the barber, Albert Einstein introduced the intellectual world to a fashion innovation almost as powerful in its sphere as his theory of general relativity is to physics. For half a century, the Philosofro remained Einstein's unique trademark – a bold statement that all public intellectuals admired, but few dared to claim for their own.

Recent years, however have seen a Philosofrophical Renaissance, with everyone from Malcolm Gladwell to Big Think's own Dr. Michio Kaku jumping into the game. As we approach critical mass, it is time to decide once and for all: Who has the greatest Philosofro? 

Click here to review the candidates. Vote by liking your favorite on Facebook!



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