Intellectual par excellence

Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky — Photo by Reuters

HE is in his 70s and first became known for his theory of transformational grammar. Noam chomsky is now at the top of the thinkers’ hit parade. More than 20,000 voters from around the world took part in selecting the winners from a list of 100. His fans have ‘manufactured consensus’about Chomsky being the tops as far as brain power goes. The Professor of Linguistics, one of the most outspoken critics of American foreign policy, has won a poll that names him the world’s top public intellectual.

Prof. Chomsky, who was ‘underwhelmed’ by the honour, beat off challenges from Umberto Eco, Richard Dawkins, Vaclav Havel and Christopher Hitchens to win the Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.