I can only speak as a catechumen, not quite an Orthodox Christian, but I can say that in my own experience there has been a lot of "feeling" driving my conversion to Holy Orthodoxy. I think these should be seriously examined, but there is a real way in which we experience something of Orthodoxy beyond our emotional and rational faculties, which doesn't always contradict these faculties, but trumps them in our souls. I am repulsed by the spiritual "feeling" I get from trying to empathically experience the Roman Catholic faith. I believe that the call of the All-Holy Spirit is deeper than our mind, flesh, and passionate impulses. I realize that what I have just said may seem insubstantial or useless to some, but this is my attempt to experience and examine not just rational arguments for each side's beliefs, but their inner spirituality. This doesn't mean I don't use my reason; I am in disagreement with the Roman Catholic faith on a comprehensive scale.
Is this the type of "I feel" and "I believe" you are experiencing?
I think there are two more obvious reasons that there may seem to be more intellectual conversations among the Orthodox than among Roman Catholics. First, I think more Roman Catholic beliefs are defined in public by their church than in Orthodoxy. This is not to misrepresent them - they do have much room for private experience in their theological mysteries, as they define them, but they have more ecumenical councils, more canons, and they make more positions on more issues that approach being "official". In Orthodoxy, we also believe that there is a standard of faith which must be accepted by everyone, that of the ecumenical councils. However, I believe that there is more freedom to hold divergent viewpoints on all things that are not dogmatic, and since there is less dogma, there is more diversity. The dogmas are solely for the simple faithful like us to be guided in true spirituality and true theology - theosis in prayer.
The second reason, I believe, is not due to the Orthodox being more intellectual and more intelligent than Roman Catholics, but it is due to the fact that here in the West, we already understand and have a familiarity with Roman Catholicism directly, and indirectly through the underlying philosophy that even Protestantism shares with Roman Catholicism. The Orthodox faith, therefore, must constantly be juxtaposed and explained against these other traditions in order to show contrast and express the faith. One reason for this, in my experience, has been that Protestants and Catholics are fond of using Orthodox ideas or traditions without necessarily using the true spiritual content of them. An obvious example would be all the Orthodox icons that adorn about a zillion Catholic and Protestant books, books which expound viewpoints that are anything but Orthodox.
Anyway, one doesn't need to be an intellectual to follow our Lord, as some have pointed out, because it just matters how we use our intellect. Intellectual people may be likened to the rich - it is difficult to enter the Kingdom because of vanity, but just like the rich, one can use one's gifts to save oneself and others.
I hope this makes sense to you, and that you continue to be drawn to the spiritual path that our Lord Jesus has laid for us.