Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Mike Rappaport

I don't always agree with Rick Hills, but this time, he has it quite right:

In my experience, intellectuals (as a class) are ideologically intolerant, easily offended by ordinary humor, and pretentious in their prejudices, which they disguise as universal truths.

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Mike Rappaport


I was lucky enough to have Rick Hills as a professor at Michigan. He was one of the very best teachers I've ever had. Even in a big lecture (which was the only way I experienced his teaching), he was exceptionally high energy and realy rather mesmerizing. When he left, it was Michigan's big loss and NYU's great gain. What a smart, interesting guy.

Posted by: Dan | Jun 4, 2008 12:35:22 PM

I agree with the statement, except for the "in my experience" part. In fact, Hills' assertion is more like a definitional truism than an empirical observation. After all, what distinguishes an "intellectual" from a garden-variety smart, well-educated person?

Posted by: Dan Simon | Jun 5, 2008 10:51:12 PM