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Vote for Most Brilliant American

The most brilliant person I’ve ever encountered would have to be one of my students from back in 2005. I was a philosophy professor at Roanoke University at the time. That year, I taught the introductory philosophy class.

This young man consistently showed up late to my class, sat at the back and acted like he wasn’t paying attention. Every so often though, when I was in the midst of lecturing, he would raise his hand and offer his opinion. What blew me away was how he expressed himself.

Articulate, well-spoken, without haste, always taking a breath before speaking, he offered his dissenting views. Often, he’d completely invalidate the material, whether we were discussing Descartes, Camus, Russell, it didn’t matter.

Sometimes I wonder what happened to that young man, and if I ran into him again, I’d present him with this award.

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