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    Obviously depends on how they use their intellect.

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    Being seen as an intellectual is something I would not mind, however, my status as an "intellectual" to others is not mine to make but for others to decide.

    As for whether they are good or not, In my opinion intellectuals may be the only ones really advancing the knowledge of our society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by La de Longe View Post
    It might be in some, but more often I think people are antagonistic towards intellectualism because of its pretension. In terms of insecurity, I think it also works in the reverse meaning that there are people who build up an image of themselves as intellectuals so that can they feel superior others. After spending a few years at an ivy league college I've seen a lot of this. There are these arrogant kids who yes, are very smart that attach to the idea of being intellectuals, but are not necessary any smarter or "intellectual" than those who aren't so concerned about it. I definitely think a person can be intellectual without claiming to be an intellectual.
    They certainly can. Just as someone can be athletic without thinking of themselves as an athlete. But it still makes little to no sense to believe that anyone who thinks of themselves as an athlete to not possibly be one. On anti-intellectualism itself, it's very difficult to sympathize with it. There may be a minority of individuals who wear intellectualism as a badge to feel superior to others but anti-intellectualism on a practical basis has caused far more damage. Does it really make sense to burn books, imprison Mao Revolution Era historians, and cut funding from lifesaving research (the use of vaccines was even once opposed for such reasons) because someone had their ego bruised by a 17-year old college kid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMoon View Post
    Does it really make sense to burn books, imprison Mao Revolution Era historians, and cut funding from lifesaving research (the use of vaccines was even once opposed for such reasons) because someone had their ego bruised by a 17-year old college kid?
    Quite so.

    And anti-intellectualism has strange bedfellows like anti-semitism.

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