I don't think I would actually 'publicly' call myself an 'intellectual', even an 'aspiring' one, but I am very interested in intellectual pursuits, and I aspire to publicly promote them, so I guess I fit the description.
My agenda is to spread the idea that we collectively need to popularize science and reason. Ignorance and anti-intellectualism is very popular these days. To counter this trend, it's not enough just to pursue science and reason ourselves. We also need to spark that interest in other people, who will spark it in other people, etc. Like using one candle to light another, to light two more, etc.
To that end, I've been working over the past few years on a philosophy which is intended to achieve just that. I use successful popularizers of science as role-models, such as Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Feynman, Richard Dawkins, etc. In trying to come up with a name, I hit upon the common thread which they all seem to express, which is an appreciation of wonder at nature and science. Hence, wonderism. I've started a Wonderism group
here to further develop the idea. I would appreciate any feedback, comment, or criticism. Anyone is welcome to participate.