“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” -Immanuel Kant
Intellectuals enjoy the life of the mind more than anything else. It is easier for an Intellectual to be more rational than the rest of us because they typically prioritize thought over emotional impulses and physical pleasures. Because they are driven by a quest for knowledge, these Scientists, Scholars, Students, Philosophers, and Geeks in various mind-oriented fields, preoccupy themselves with endless questions and tend to rely on outside information generated by experts over gut instincts and spontaneous reactions.
There is no other group that cares more about meaning and in particular the “why” of things than Intellectuals. Because they depend more on rational approaches than instinctual ones, they can be slow and measured in responding to pressing questions. But because they take things seriously in a world prone to snap judgments and punditry, it means their answers have weight and substance.