On the status of intellectual values in TOC

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Using the sociological methodology of interpretative text analysis, I study the status of intellectual values in the TOC community during the last three decades. Specifically, analyzing the motivational parts of papers that appeared in several STOC proceedings, I found evidence to my feeling that the importance attributed to intellectual values has declined in the last decade (or so). I consider three reasons that might have caused this change, and speculate that the change is due to the combined effect of two of them, which correspond to well-known sociological theories.

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