1. Succinctly, they are to the intellectualwhat the intellectual is to the layman.
2. Something more people should aspire to be, as opposed to merely becoming a member of the common intellectual class.
"Wow, I heard that XYZ is a billionaire social-critic professor chessmaster and is working in fields with potentially history-shattering implications."
"What a lucky guy."
"Nah, I don't think it's luck; I think he's just a hyperintellectual."