I have created a way for you to identify psuedo-intellectuals through a series of components. The more dominant these components are, the more likely these intellectuals are not pretending to be intellectuals, making them more reliable:
1. Logical Consistency: One of the greater traits that distinguish between the intellectual-kind and the rest, is that intellectuals are move logic-driven than emotion-driven; they base their arguments on logical consistency rather than on a momentary subjective state of mind. This is why there are usually more intellectual males than intellectual females among the general population - men tend to be more logic-focused than women, who are usually driven by waves of emotion. I’m not sexist, I’m just saying there are differences between the usual male and female consciousnesses. In any way, true intellectuals attempt to avoid as much logical fallacies they can when engaging in their intellectual endeavors.
2. Complex Communication: The speech of intellectuals is more fluent, more complex and more vivid than that of non-intellectuals. The formers can create more complex sentences at greater periods of time than the latter. Also, intellectuals are able to better understand complex communication than non-intellectuals, making them have an easier time comprehending complex and more abstract concepts and phenomena. Such communicative richness may lead to the common misconception that intellectuals are arrogant by nature, which is false even though there are some that are indeed arrogant, i.e, see themselves as superior than other people due to their merits. Complex communication comes not only in speech but in other form of communication as well, from writing to composing vivid and quality music.
3. Increasing Awareness: Basically intellectuals know what they’re talking about even if they are not professionalized or certified in the subjects they speak about. This is due to intellectuals dedicating much of their time and energies into studying the subjects they talk about and forming their own opinions on said subjects, based on the information they have cultivated throughout different forms and different sources, making their array of information more variated and greater in general than those who don’t research or at least extensively contemplate on the subjects they talk about.
4. Competent Debating: Like the strength of a warrior is proved in combat, the strength of an intellectual ought to be proved when debating, in order to properly validate if that person is indeed an intellectual and not an attention-seeking impostor. An intellectual is greater in debating than a non-intellectual, followed by the rest of the components presented previously on this article. When someone is constantly inconsistent in their logic, communicates ineffectively and is unaware of what they’re talking about - it is most likely that they are pseudo-intellectuals.
If you want to see a living example of pseudo-intellectuals, I suggest you to check the Buddhism Hotline, by watching at least one of their streams on YouTube. The main host of the hotline is basically an author of a book that only contains 15 pages, and even has the audacity to sell it for 40 dollars and call himself “a prophet of Buddhism”. Watch one of their streams and you’ll learn nothing about Buddhism, but be told that you’re going to hell instead by doing things such as supporting Trump, being gay, and playing video games. Whether they're merely acting as characters for donations or are actual people, their streams are nonetheless a good example of pseudo-intellectuals in action.