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Dear Michael,

No offense taken then.  But I did not write what is listed here as
from me.
Nancy

On 22 Oct 2002, at 16:03, [log in to unmask]
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In a message dated 10/21/02 1:18:04 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
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     Also in the question of poplar or poindexter, I think SJ Gould
     fits in. .
     . From where comes the notion that pointy-heads are the
     only ones who
     can
     be intellectual?  Is it the damning of McCarthy raising his
     head again?

     Michael


I meant that Gould has the same problem Ambrose does and,
really, Longfellow and Tennyson. . . namely that it is extremely
difficult to be respected as an considered an intellectual when you
are also very popular.
I think that this idea [popular=bad] (which seemed to flirt around in
the 50s with McCarthyism) has gained momentous momentum
again, as the fires of McCarthyism are also once again being
stoked.
I used the terms "pointy-head" and "poindexter" to give what is,
sadly, still the stereotype of an intellectual.

Sorry for the extremely offensive and disturbing remarks.

Michael