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Started by SlasherBindman on May 13, 2011 9:16:15 PM
Who are your favourite public intellectuals?

From Karl Popper to Isaiah Berlin, from George Steiner to Stephen Fry, from Desmond Morris to Edward de Bono ....who are your favourite intellectuals?

Talk about them here.

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blacksunday - 15 May 2011 02:05:56 (#2 of 317)

Paulo Coelho









ha ha

Only joking.

Ali_La_Pointe - 15 May 2011 04:24:47 (#3 of 317)

Alive: Chomsky.

Otherwise: Foucault; Frantz Fanon.

Do we have to give reasons?

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uranrising - 15 May 2011 07:10:04 (#5 of 317)

Bertrand Russell, Professor Joad, Julian Huxley, Isaiah Berlin, George Steiner, Barthes, Sartre.

Most of them able to talk with wit, culture and wisdom on most subjects such that we can learn from them and be entertained by them.

Oh how I wish we had The Brains Trust again only the panel would have to be on the level of those gentlemen and not merely chic ones. On television preferably since that's currently an intellectual desert with few oases.

mmuskin - 15 May 2011 07:42:08 (#6 of 317)

I think I'd go with Chomsky, too, among the living. My favorite public intellectual, with whom I was privileged to be a friend while he was alive, was Prof. Richard P. Feynman, who was perhaps the smartest person I've ever met in my life. Dick could think circles around me and was a really fine friend as well. And he could play really good riffs on bongoes while I played my electric guitar at his house. Dick and I spent many happy hours together and I was never even the slightest bit bored in his company.

Among the dead, after Dick, I guess I'd pick Albert Einstein. His fine book The World As I See It makes a fascinating read and I have a very high regard for the late Uncle Albert.

Moschops - 15 May 2011 07:43:05 (#7 of 317)

Carol Vordeman

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Pentecost - 15 May 2011 08:41:08 (#9 of 317)

Joad, yes. Changed his mind about stuff with a lot less posing than that old pseud Malcolm Muggeridge.

kokolores - 15 May 2011 09:58:53 (#10 of 317)

I thought Stephen Fry was a comic character off the telly. Is there another one?

stemwinder - 15 May 2011 16:51:35 (#11 of 317)

Everyone's clever these days. Aren't they ceaselessly telling us so?

PrimePaon - 15 May 2011 16:54:09 (#12 of 317)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjEtmZZvGZA

stemwinder - 15 May 2011 17:02:11 (#13 of 317)

Good example! He's a public intellectual all right, ticks all the boxes -- also notice he's sponsored by a waistcoat manufacturer.

Green Line -- the thinking man's waiscoat, now only $99.99!

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kokolores - 16 May 2011 10:04:32 (#15 of 317)

A 'public intellectual' being punched on TV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EelRI_oRPY

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ArnoldLayne - 16 May 2011 10:59:57 (#17 of 317)

Michael Winner.

Spontu - 18 May 2011 10:10:00 (#18 of 317)

Professor Heinz Wolf. Ignored by the modern media because he is the wrong side of 29, he dresses smartly and has a proper haircut.

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