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September 17th, 2010
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Definitely funny, but is it true?
“The problem with being a ‘public intellectual’ is that as time goes by you become more and more public and less and less intellectual.” --Jean Bethke Elshtain

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Date:October 3rd, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
If they stop going where their thoughts take them then yes. Like TV experts, they often start out as serious thinkers to some extent but come to seem like caricatures. At university, I thought that the private conversations between lecturers were mostly very dull and lacked the organic urgency of a person who has a concern. I'm not sure that asking a question professionally is really asking a question. I think it should be personal, otherwise it's in a bloodless mental compartment.

I think people get tired of asking questions that have something personal at stake to them - there is a risk associated and it is tiring if no immediate answer is forthcoming. It is easier to make moves in a game with clear rules and rewards.

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