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"To have true disciples, a thinker must not be too ___; any effective intellectual leader depends on the ability of other people to ___ thought processes that did not originate with them,.
A. popular … dismiss
B. methodical … interpret
C. idiosyncratic … reenact
D. self-confident … revitalize
E. pragmatic … discourage"

Oh, gosh! it's really a big headache. The question is I don't get what the sentence means.
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I'd say C... I like the idea of reenacting a thought process...
But wait for other opinions, these exercises tend to be tricky!
Yes, it’s C.

But I was wondering if there’s any connection between the two parts of the sentence.

And what is the meaning of ‘to reenact thought processes that did not originate with them ’? Them here seems to refer to other people.
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them = other people = the disciples
yes, there's a connection:
idiosyncratic: peculiar to the individual; "we all have our own idiosyncratic gestures"
to reenact: I understand it here a little as a synonym of "rethink"

So, "to have true disciples, a thinker must not put too much the stamp of his own personality (on his thought processes): any effective intellectual leader depends on the ability of other people of making these processes their own, of retracing his steps, if you want, so they understand them perfectly, as if they were their own, even though they didn't invent these processes themselves"
Thank you so much, Pieanne and Califjim.

Though I can't fully understand it for the limit of my knowledge, basically, I know what's going on. Emotion: smile
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It's a little like teaching a child.
you won't say "look here, honey, I do this , I do that, you just have to do the same"
Instead, you'll put the child in the situation, face him/her with the problem, and, step by step, you'll lead him/her through all the steps of the reflexion that result in the behaviour you think is right. This way, the child understands, and he has made the process his/hers.
Hmm. I would have said B.

Must be why I'm not an intellectual leader.

MrP
I can't tell you what a relief it is to hear you say that, Mr. P.
I, too, would have chosen B. Emotion: smile
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