Larry Sanger asks “Is there a new geek anti-intellectualism?”. My first reaction would be that expressions of anti-intellectualism among the self-made digerati are possibly being elided and confused with calls for radical education reform. We certainly need such reform. Possibly the sentiment is provoked partly by the fact that a great many intelligent and creative nerds and geeks have suffered and struggled to shine in our increasingly narrow, politicised and dumbed-down education system, leading to a natural antipathy toward contemporary educationalists. I’ve said myself that education needs wholesale radical ground-up structural reform, from primary to university level, to make it for fit for the digital era — rather than for the old mass industrial era that it still caters for, and the ancient agricultural-year that its calendar of holidays still broadly sticks to. I’m also very cautious about intellectuals attempting to pontificate to policy-makers about matters that lie far beyond their field of expertise (see Thomas Sowell for an excellent dissection of this very dangerous phenomena). I’m wary of the implicit and self-unrecognised class prejudices of intellectuals, of the excesses and mis-applications of academic theory in the humanities, and of psychology and educational theory in whole. But none of these sentiments means that I’m anti-intellectual per se.