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While most people would consider that as intellectual (nerdy, what have you) as it gets, there's actually a downside. In particular, the general MIT ethos seems less contemplative and less focused on deep theoretical questions. That's great if all you care about is engineering, but a lot of people I know agree that those who enjoy thinking about and discussing more abstract (less immediately applicable) questions can feel a little marginalized there. At least, that's what I hear.