Aren’t We All “Intellectuals”?

 

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What does it actually mean to be intellectual? I see this used quite a bit by people either describing themselves ( noun) or referentially (adjective). I am coming, more and more, to the conclusion that in either usage, it is something meant to be condescending to those that are being spoken to or about. I used to consider myself an intellectual, and in that I believed that what I thought was more important, or better informed, than those uneducated, hoi-poloi.  I meant, at that time, that no one, less educated than myself, could possibly understand complicated political or social issues, or even methodology in the sciences. In other words: you are less than me.

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Why Are You on Twitter?

 

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Something about Twitter I’ve never really understood is that in some people’s profiles, there is a prohibition on sending direct messages, specifically those that have to do with looking for a date. No, I’m not kidding. I see these mostly in women’s biographies but on occasion, I will notice a man has something similar in his as well.  Two things always come to mind: does this person (man or woman) think they are so desirable that another person will not have the fortitude to withstand asking them out, or is it that Twitter has become a pseudo-dating site where people are forced to place a disclaimer in their profile to discourage a barrage of offers?

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Is it Science or Eschatology?

 

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What we know about our world, our physical world, and what we currently believe about the universe, comes from the decades, even centuries, of scientific inquiry. Even those things we’ve learned about ourselves, humans, whether it’s physical or psychological, come from these same people, over time, and we refer to it as scientific investigation, Most reading here understand the scientific method so I won’t go into the specifics of that here, but it’s becoming more and more interesting to me that those that may make some claim of scientific credulity when what they may be proposing is not reality based science, but eschatological.

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Heroes and Villains: Can We Tell Them Apart?

 

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I think that most people would agree that there are certain things within society that we do not accept. Three most common are murder, rape and theft. In each there is an action of power or greed over another. Society, in general, disapproves of these and have punishments for those that would defy a societal norm. I say most people, because I cannot claim that all people decry any of these offenses against others. If that were true, then none of these would occur. They do, and we have, as taxpayers where we live, people paid to find and detain, hopefully incarcerate, those that violate that norm.

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Avoiding the Entanglement of Disagreement

 

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Something that’s always bothered me are those that will not have any disagreement with any proposition or argument they may make. That dissent may be logical, rational, and reasonable, as well as evidence based, but the other person, no matter, refuses to admit that there may be people out there that have a different view on whatever the subject may be. We see it more and more I believe in those sardonically referred to as the regressive left. These are people that know, without a doubt, that what they have to say is good and right and no one, no discussion or debate, is necessary.

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