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    Quote Originally Posted by EcK View Post
    I tend to dislike most intellectuals. But I do have my own definition of intellectualism. As a group intellectuals can be just as biased and subject to faulty group think that every other social subgroup. If not often more due to the fact that we do have a natural tendency to agree with seemingly complex explanations even when these can be demonstrated to be faulty. (studies on the topic).
    So if someone's main hobby is quoting academic types the very source material they use will protect them from most counter attacks and give an unjustified feeling of self worth knowing that reporting specialised knowledge is after all not structurally different in terms of data processing than talking about "what tom and katty did at last night's party".

    I respect people with a highly developped ability for critical thinking, including of themselves and their own actions. Because after all, that's what seems to me, to justify one's claim to be first and foremost an individual rather than a subtype of a cultural geshtalt with a secondary property of self awareness.
    You remembered me of a somewhat twisted thought I once had. There's a guy in my company who is mister smart alec himself. He has eaten all that history books and tho he's always correcting you if you speak about things he knows better, he has no clue of computers. So I was thinking the other day when he called me for help: computer guy doesnt know about computers .

    I thought this to be funny, but probably it's kinda far out
    [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBvftJUwDw&t=0s[/URL]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Take this excerpt from Socrates meets Sartre:



    *must resist typing Socrates and Sartre*

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    It's not that i mind people using acadmeic sources as back up to their arguments. Hell if some one tells me x is true i want to see a research study that proves that. What I hate is when people don't have any original thoughts.
    To be honest, I don't read much so that I can generate my own thoughts on subjects and then I will look for resources for anything, I consider "important". I don't want to be a walking encyclopedia.It hasn't screwed me over in academics yet so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    I'm sorry I will never be an intellectual, it's just not who I am. I still love to learn.
    Food for thought: Those who ramble on most about being "intellectual" are usually the people least likely to actually be intellectual. Those who are constantly talking about it are usually covering up one hell of an inferiority complex. They need to go fix their mommy and daddy issues, since that's where the problem begins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Food for thought: Those who ramble on most about being "intellectual" are usually the people least likely to actually be intellectual. Those who are constantly talking about it are usually covering up one hell of an inferiority complex. They need to go fix their mommy and daddy issues, since that's where the problem begins.
    That's a reasonable standpoint, but you can see it from another point aswell: those who ramble the most about it are the ones which are the most affected by it, cause they are completly different and have another attitude. Who the intellectual in that discussion is I think is only a matter of definition.
    [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBvftJUwDw&t=0s[/URL]

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    I see myself as an "intellectual" compared to the average person and it's only as a big of a deal as you make it. hahaha, it's great when people say, "you're thinking too much" or "you're making my brain hurt".

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    prpl, did something negative happen where someone insulted you or suggested that you weren't smart? You know no one can make you feel a certain way without your consent, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    That's a reasonable standpoint, but you can see it from another point aswell: those who ramble the most about it are the ones which are the most affected by it, cause they are completly different and have another attitude. Who the intellectual in that discussion is I think is only a matter of definition.
    Why can't people just share knowledge to help people, without being a pretentious jackass?
    Why? I'll tell you why - there are those who use and abuse knowledge to "win" or beat others. They don't really have a passion for knowledge. Not really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Why can't people just share knowledge to help people, without being a pretentious jackass?
    Why? I'll tell you why - there are those who use and abuse knowledge to "win" or beat others. They don't really have a passion for knowledge. Not really.
    I agree
    [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBvftJUwDw&t=0s[/URL]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Why can't people just share knowledge to help people, without being a pretentious jackass?
    Why? I'll tell you why - there are those who use and abuse knowledge to "win" or beat others. They don't really have a passion for knowledge. Not really.
    I agree with you. It would be great if people didn't invest their egos so much, and could just share the knowledge without judgement.

    I think that perhaps sometimes, people don't realize how being pretentious or judgmental affects others.

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