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February 27, 2007

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Tom Freeman

If respect - intellectual or otherwise - is apportioned on anything other than a meritocratic basis, then it ceases to have value.

I'll happily start with a default assumption that any given person should be treated well, listened to carefully and debated with patiently. But if they prove themselves to be arrogant, disingenuous, sophistic and closed-minded, then they forfeit the right to intellectual respect.

David Thompson

Tom,

Exactly. This relates to my earlier comments about cultural equivalence, whereby it’s often deemed ‘unfair’ to acknowledge stupidity or poor argument for what it is. It’s one thing to be civil, but quite another to indulge and flatter ineptitude, or to pretend that ineptitude is an equally valid perspective and something to be encouraged.

If the Dean of Southwark or the Bishop of London want to have some intellectual gravitas, they really ought to say less stupid things (or at least fewer things of much the same stupidity). What irks is the way they seem to want to be afforded a seriousness or consideration without actually presenting an argument to that end. It seems to boil down to cheating, and being prideful while doing it.

Franklin

...they really ought to say less stupid things (or at least fewer things of much the same stupidity).

LOL! Stealing immediately for usage elsewhere.

David Thompson

Franklin,

Heh. I've just this minute emailed you. Thought the Bert Simons post could be of interest to your regulars.

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