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So the selfish gene trumps the female eunuch. Richard Dawkins tops our poll of public intellectuals, with Germaine Greer second, followed by Amartya Sen, Eric Hobsbawm and Jonathan Miller. It is no coincidence that first and second place have gone to such accomplished metaphor-makers, but the top five are hardly children of the soundbite age. The thousand-plus of you who voted – making a neat, opinion poll-sized sample of the thinking classes – went for public intellectuals built to last. All the top five established their reputations in the 1970s, or even earlier, and never looked back. And although most…

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