The World’s Greatest Geniuses are Vegetarians!

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on Feb 1, 2011
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Vegetarians are Geniuses! Or are Geniuses Vegetarians? Either Way…

A few weeks ago, I caved and became a vegetarian. There’s only so much I can learn about the horrors of all facets of meat-eating before turning to the other side.

Because of my recent conversion, I was particularly interested to find this list of the world’s most incredible scientists, mathematicians, and inventors, who are all vegetarians:

1. Sir Isaac Newton, “the father of physics.”

2. Leonardo Da Vinci, physicist and artist who made important discoveries in hydraulics, optics, and mechanics.  He was so fervent about vegetarianism, he would buy caged chickens and set them free.

3. Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the greatest mathematicians of the past 1,000 years.

4. Nikola Tesla, helped devise the AC (alternating current) electrical system used to power modern civilization.  He lived on custom-ordered, meat-free meals at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  Regarding the benefits of vegetarianism he wrote:

On general principles the raising of cattle as a means of providing food is objectionable. It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarian habit. That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory but a well-demonstrated fact. Many races living almost exclusively on vegetables are of superior physique and strength. There is no doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it in regard to both mechanical and mental performance. Such food, moreover, taxes our digestive organs decidedly less, and in making us more contented and sociable, produces an amount of good difficult to estimate. In view of these facts every effort should be made to stop the wanton, cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals.

5. Thomas Edison, considered one of  the greatest inventors in history.  He wrote:

“[Vegetarianism has a] powerful influence upon the mind and its action, as well as upon the health and vigor of the body. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

6. Albert Einstein, the greatest scientist of the 20th century, widely regarded as one of the most ingenious men of all time. On vegetarianism, he said:

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

“Our task must be to [widen] our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

And the day he became a vegetarian, he wrote in his diary:

“So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.”

7. Edward Witten, viewed by many as Einstein’s successor, best known as the world’s foremost string theorist and mathematician.

8. Brian Greene, Witten’s foremost protégé (he was on The Colbert Report last week).  He refuted Einstein’s theory that space can stretch but not tear, and by age nine, could multiply thirty-digit numbers in his head.  In an interview on science, morality, and vegetarianism for The Supreme Master Ching Hai News, Greene stated:

Q: Why do you think so many of the greatest geniuses have been vegetarian?

G: From my limited experience, vegetarians typically are people who are willing to challenge the usual, accepted order of things. Moreover, they’re often people willing to sacrifice their own pleasures in pursuit of what they believe is right. These same qualities are often what’s needed to make great breakthroughs in the arts and sciences.

Q: Why do you think other scientists are still not vegetarian?

G: I would ask, more generally, why the vast majority of people are not vegetarian. I think the answer is that most people don’t question the practice of eating meat since they always have. Many of these people care about animals and the environment, some deeply. But for some reason—force of habit, cultural norms, resistance to change—there is a fundamental disconnect whereby these feelings don’t translate into changes of behavior.

Q: What inspired you to become a vegetarian?

G: Quite literally, it was a dish—spare ribs—that my mother cooked when I was nine years old. The ribs made the connection between the meat and the animal from which it came direct; I was horrified and declared I’d never eat meat again. And I never have. Going vegan happened later. I visited an animal rescue farm in upstate New York and learned much about the dairy industry which was so disturbing that I could not continue to support it. Within days I gave up all dairy.

9. Alan Calverd, UK physicist who recently made headlines with the following statement about global warming and the vegetarian lifestyle:

“Adopting a vegetarian diet would do more for the environment than burning less oil and gas.”


Brian Greene on the Colbert Report, mentioning his veganism.

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58 Responses to “The World’s Greatest Geniuses are Vegetarians!”

  1. SimpleSam says:

    Exactly!! thats the link. the understanding. any genius that looked at this world suffers depression. when they truly look at it. and they stop eating meat when they think of the meat industry. Anyway Veggie, you are clearly intelligent, others are clearly not. Even a response can show you that.

  2. SimpleSam says:

    You have neglected to factor things beyond your immediate argument. Are you aware of the resources that go in to producing, slaughtering, packaging, distributing 1 pound of meat? Are you also aware of the amount of waste produced? We throw a lot of the meat out. We have fishing vessels collecting tons of fish. You also neglected to factor the secondary animal product markets. The argument does not reference anthropogenic emissions, that is 1 factor. There is much more to the chain. The statement was about impact on the environment. The land we destroy. the water we use. the antibiotics we produce, etc.

    It is easy to be objective, try being accurate, rather than speculative.

  3. SimpleSam says:

    evil genius are still geniuses though, right? And being genius is how a person actually thinks. It is that ability to think beyond and differently. It is why intelligence is also linked to depression. Geniuses prob analyse and analyse and analyse, the brain constantly working. The final conclusion – killing animals for meat is as bad as killing man for money.

  4. Guest says:

    So, you're saying that after he had all of these amazing insights, he chose vegetarianism? Sounds like an endorsement to me.

  5. Guest says:

    Seriously, what Juliana said. No one said there is a scientific correlation. Just broadening some folks' horizons. Is life that tough in Boulder that you get worked up about stuff like this?

  6. MeatIsGood says:

    Both of them disputed, and are you kidding me with "Da Vinci and Einstein were likely two of the smartest human beings?" You probably never did an advanced physics/math course cause they are idiots compared to some other people, my personal favorite is Claude Shannon, but Einstein's relativity isn't really that big of a deal, the only thing that I'd commemorate Einstein for is the photoelectric effect, and Leonardo, what a joke, I give him applause for being a jack of trades but he's not a genius. Newton and Tesla are the notable people on this list, but there are no citations so I can't take this seriously but honestly there again people that blow these guys out of the water; Fourier, Terrance Tao, Gauss, Euler, Maxwell, etc… they aren't that well known though. And if you look at the benefits of meat consumption that help aid humans advance there intellect in evolution there really isn't argument in eating meat, However, the best one is that it accounts for most of the greenhouse gases, but there are many scientists and engineers working on utilizing the nitrogen that is produced into energy to consumed.

  7. Nick says:

    Any thinker would be a better thinker on a healthy plant based diet compared to an animal product diet.

  8. Alberto Einstein says:

    Edison stole his vegetarianism from Tesla