Disdain for logic and evidence defines a pervasive malaise fostered by the mass media, triumphalist religious fundamentalism, mediocre public education, a dearth of fair-minded public intellectuals on the right and the left, and, above all, a lazy and credulous public.The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

In future history books, the latter half of the 20th century and the first couple of decades of the 21st century will be called the era of The Great Dumbing-Down. If one is articulate and intelligent, one will be subjected to ridicule. Dumb is the new cool.

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