"Critical thinking gone missing – worldwide ," by Lawrence Davidson (4/6/2013)
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Subject: "Critical thinking gone missing – worldwide," by Lawrence Davidson (4/6/2013)
It may very well be that societies organize themselves to hold critical thinking to a minimum.
In 2008 Rick Shenkman, the editor-in-chief of the History News Network, published a book entitled Just How Stupid are We? Facing the Truth about the American VoterIn it he demonstrated, among other things, that most Americans were:(1) ignorant about major international events,(2) knew little about how their own government runs and who runs it,(3) were nonetheless willing to accept government positions and policies even though a moderate amount of critical thought suggested they were bad for the country, and(4) were readily swayed by stereotyping, simplistic solutions, irrational fears and public relations babble....
ConclusionIt may very well be that (consciously or unconsciously) societies organize themselves to hold critical thinking to a minimum.
Davidson, Lawrence – professor of history at West Chester University. He is the author of numerous books, including Islamic Fundamentalism and America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood.
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
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