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How intellectuals claim authenticity

Intellectuals the dos and don'ts

  • Point to the inadequacies of your own argument, thereby undermining you own position in a grovelling display of humility

  • Then be as obscurantist as you can decently get away with yet obscurity can sometimes signal insecurity quite as much as arrogance. 

  • Show the listener that you are agonising about any claims you are making as all opinions are theories

  • A cardinal rule is to show respect for the 'other' especially amongst peers in senior commons rooms

  • Sprinkle some street wise into your tome so as you won't be accused of  self-regarding solemnity

  • Never commit the sin of teleology, or you might forever regarded as a pedant.

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