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View Poll Results: What is the Intellectual Capital of America?
Boston (including Cambridge) 132 49.62%
San Francisco Bay Area 49 18.42%
New York City 50 18.80%
Washington DC 35 13.16%
Voters: 266. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:21 PM
 
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Seattle has a lot of highly educated people, but it would be difficult to argue that Seattle was the center of intellectual life in America.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Seattle has a lot of highly educated people, but it would be difficult to argue that Seattle was the center of intellectual life in America.
Same could be said about all of these cities. Seattle ranks top in the country for most educated population. If you have never been to Seattle there is an overwhelming number of Engineers, Computer People,and Medical professionals in the city. It may not have the colleges like the other cities but intellectual capital in my point of view has more to do with the people not the schools.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I agree with this for the most part barring the "high" distinctions and I would add counter-culturalism in there. Simply having a lot of degrees concentrated in one area doesn't make an area "intellectual", it just means an area has a high educational attainment. Paris for example, during the 19th century, used to be breeding ground for a ton of activity since people would gather in salons all day and discuss and develop ideas for enjoyment. NYC and San Francisco used to be like that during the early and middle 20th century.
I agree with this completely.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Same could be said about all of these cities. Seattle ranks top in the country for most educated population. If you have never been to Seattle there is an overwhelming number of Engineers, Computer People,and Medical professionals in the city. It may not have the colleges like the other cities but intellectual capital in my point of view has more to do with the people not the schools.
Most educated population? According to this the metro is #11 in bachelor's degrees and #17 in graduate degrees. The University of Washington is a very good school, but other than that there aren't any other top-level universities in the area. Seattle is definitely a smart city, but I don't think anyone's going seriously consider it the intellectual capital of the US.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:41 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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OMG; the OP's linked article is so smug!
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Before long it will be Seattle and I think it would be now if Seattle's population was higher.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:31 PM
 
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Same could be said about all of these cities. Seattle ranks top in the country for most educated population. If you have never been to Seattle there is an overwhelming number of Engineers, Computer People,and Medical professionals in the city. It may not have the colleges like the other cities but intellectual capital in my point of view has more to do with the people not the schools.
What nationally or internationally influential publications are in Seattle?

Most engineers, computer people etc. are "intellectuals"? This is way too broad a definition.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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Detroit duh
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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If we could quantify the sum of people in each area who are educated, worldly and simultaneously estute on the arts, history, economics, science and politics, preferably not constrained by worrying about such trivialities as money and ambition so that their intellectualism isnt watered down by greed, we will have the answer. Perhaps.

LOL
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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Before long it will be Seattle and I think it would be now if Seattle's population was higher.
Lol with the weather there, what else is there to do but read books and debate the finer things in life over artisanal coffee/alcohol?
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