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Test your Intellect. Really?

Google Custom Search Engine of this blog is working fine ( the one not at the top in the header but the one below this section). I typed in the word Intellectual in it. One of the result I got was an interesting debate between Noam Chomsky and George Steiner about:

What Shall the Responsible Intellectual Do?

This dates back to The New York Review of Books, March 23, 1967

In October 2005, people voted Chomsky as the world’s top public intellectual (Umberto Eco came second in the voting). Guardian covered the story.

Then in November, the professor of Linguistics was involved in a minor controversy with the Guardian. Funny thing is that the controversy was triggered in part, by a problem of linguistic nature.
The problem arose over an interview he gave to Emma Brockes and published in G2, the second section of the Guardian, on October 31.

Here is what happened:

Q: Do you regret supporting those who say the Srebrenica massacre was exaggerated?

A: My only regret is that I didn't do it strongly

Then we get a long explanation of these two lines.

Yep, it’s a funny world.

Anyway, found this little quiz on the Guardian. It tells you whether you are an intellectual or not.Ya, it is that simple.

The verdict about me is out; I am an Intellectual.

The verdict reads like this:
Well done. You are an intellectual who is clearly at ease with big questions and strong coffee. Your know your Sartre from your Schopenhauer. But remember: the line between an intellectual and a pretentious bore is at best thin.

Let, me not blurry the already thin line and just shut up.


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