Inspired by this thread, I thought that I would re-introduce the problem in a new thread. What shocked me in the thread above, made me realize how insidious this problem is, with our Colleges, teaching our kids something against critical thinking? I was only mildly heartened to see other college students and faculty that are fuming over an 'anti-intellectual thread' running through college these days. They argue that critical thinking, self-examination, and the questioning of assumptions isn't as important to a college education in many campuses as it should be. Many things are pinned as the reason of any decline in intellectualism and the usual suspects are among them: trends and sports. While they are on the right track, they miss one of the main reasons, imho, which were mentioned in the above thread: the lack of intellect formulation. As one student professes, it's cooler to be outdoorsy at Dartmouth and 'urban trendy' at Yale than it is to be an intellectual. A professor wrote in the Daily Princetonian that 'even at Princeton, one will frequently hear echoes of a national culture that rewards people with an undisguised passion for knowledge and exact intellectual application with such appellations as nerd, geek and wonk.' Murray Sperber, a professor at Indiana University, chalks the decline to the 'beer-and-circus culture' that exists, substituting intellectual growth. But this is a symptom itself. The culprit, Dr. Sperber argues, is the attitude that college serves only to land a cushy job, which, suffice to say, could lead to a life of quiet desperation." CS Monitor article here. Again, it is in my humble opinion, the article is missing the main reason. The yesterday's intellectual was fueled by criticial thinking. In opposition of brainwashing, professors would fuel curiosity, independent research, and thesis based on finds, not political correctness. Today, the "geek" and the "nerd", in College, is classified as a brainwashed idiot who tend to be, outside of being great with computers, left leaning, brainwashed, pompous peaceniks, who do not even know the true reasons as to why they sided with the side they chose. A bit harsh? Perhaps. But weren't our Colleges and Universities the best in the world on the main platform for the freedom of expression?