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Monday, November 1, 2010

Nerds and Intellectual Cowardice

One thing I have noticed on the world wide web, especially on the hands-on mainstream internet communities, like Youtube, is the proliferation of two things: Narcissistic nerds, and virulent political correctness in discussions of "taboo issues". You have people like The Amazing Atheist who resorts to lowest common denominator bullshit, and others who revel in attention whoring tactics, and then your mangina leftists who draws retarded conclusions (namely, that if we give money to Pakistani flood victims, so they won't turn to terrorism... Right, and that's if the money even gets to them).

I should first define my terms. A nerd is a person, who essentially smart and studious in the context of the system. This system may be school, university, or whatever institute of higher education they find this in. But the difference is with these types of intellects is, they may indeed demonstrate a higher IQ than average, but there is a lacking of an revolutionary spirit, replaced more with a will to conformity (maybe offsetting by a need not met in social lives?).  The major problem with guys like these, is that these nerds, like the type you get on Youtube, have a stronger tendency towards: intellectually dishonest or leftist pseudo-intellects. When you mix together:

High IQ

Engendered pressure to be politically correct 

A lust for attention (and to fit in)
Intellectual cowardice. 

That cowardice manifests, not just in a fear to speak one's mind, but even merely questioning that norm is enough to induce a nervous reaction.

Now, Leftist "intellectuals". There's an undeniable leftist bias in a lot of American university institutions, and that can explain some of the exhibited group-think and parroting of professors (nowadays, most US universities don't really teach you to think independently, but to express the ideas you're taught to by your agenda-driven professor in a way that makes you sound smart to laymen, essentially), but also, that addition of a diminished ability to shrug off the tendency towards "appealing to authority" to create your case, creates some kind of arrogant complex that is very rigid in its thinking. Of course, narcissism has to play into it, too.

Not just on the internet, mind you. But the top dogs in any public marketplace of pseudo-ideas generally demonstrate the type of politically correct views that should come to no real surprise to any of us, especially when its moderated as Youtube is. Though, you have a few exceptions creeping in, every now and again. Thunderf00t is an example of such, a famous Youtube atheist who began to attack Islam, to the opposition of some of his ardent fans, and even a stalking Muslim trying to discredit his professional life, with the assistance of a few bitter Youtube atheists.

Don't get me wrong, I don't want to paint all nerds with the same brush, but it seems that rise to the attention of many tend to have these things in common with one another. I would just argue that in this Western climate, the combination of a higher-than-average IQ, with the tendency to parrot authorities, self-censorship as a go-to, they are more likely to play the politically correct game. Indeed, societies that socially criminalise challenging norms will result in much mindless parroting and fear of overstepping ideological boundaries.

Now, I am an atheist myself, yet I know that inherently, atheism is not a system of beliefs, it offers no moral superiority to christian values or traditions, and its adherents sometimes have a strong tendency to be steeped in modern liberalism, as do most of Gen-Y. The cowardice which most mainstream Youtube atheists display in regard to Islam, but the "brave" fetishistic inclination towards focusing solely on debunking nutty Christians or Christian theology is akin to a fox who only attacks eldery or weak prey who are lagging behind the herd, to ensure little or no fight.

Indeed, it seems to be a meme to ardently and proudly demonstrate this in action, while even going so far as to triumphantly defend Islam's right to erect a mosque overlooking the site of ground zero, as if this was a shining example of neo-modernist excellence in morality, when most of us with half a brain cell to fire up can judge... It's nothing but. Arrogant politically correct postering is all this is. A lot of nerds' intellects go to waste, as they fall under the spell of PC and worship at the altar of masochistic multiculti.


Xamuel said...

Intelligence should be defined as the ability to leverage one's mind to achieve one's desires. Accordingly, nerds are incredibly dumb. The point of long words, for example, is to be more specific or to evoke certain moods in very specific situations. Instead, nerds use them at inappropriate times, and then wonder why nobody likes talking to them. If they were smart, they'd use the words which made people like talking to them/accept what they have to say.

JD said...

Quite right, Xamuel. There's no point having a high IQ if you can't utilise it to your own advantage.

Actually, I'd argue that a lot of nerds are quite barren in the creative intellect department, and the only way for them to propel forward is via being the lapdog of the establishment, and getting all the pats on the head they can muster. There's no inherent desire to challenge or solve problems, just a high IQ with no sense of adventure, just one series of rote learning and intellectual ass-kissing after another.

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