In 1980, scientist and writer Isaac Isaac asimov free ebooks pdf argued in an essay that there is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. United States, and there always has been. Not all of the unreason is partisan, as the anti-vaccination movement has shown. Asimov’s primary examples happen to come from the political world.
To be sure, the average American can sign his name more or less legibly, and can make out the sports headlines—but how many nonelitist Americans can, without undue difficulty, read as many as a thousand consecutive words of small print, some of which may be trisyllabic? Jacoby in her book-length study of the problem looks at educational policy in the United States, and the resistance to national standards that virtually ensures widespread pockets of ignorance all over the country. Instead he is concerned with attitudes. Americans’ unwillingness to read as their inability.
It may be that only 1 per cent—or less—of Americans make a stab at exercising their right to know. And if they try to do anything on that basis they are quite likely to be accused of being elitists. Such a blithely optimistic statement ignores the ways in which economic elites actively manipulate education policy to suit their interests, cripple education funding, and oppose efforts at free or low cost higher education. 20th century, the educational radio programs of the 40s and 50s, and the public television revolution of the 70s and 80s—have been ad hoc and nearly always imperiled by funding crises and the designs of profiteers.
But perhaps not even Isaac Asimov could have foreseen the bitter polarization and disinformation campaigns that technology has also enabled. Asimov’s most popular pieces of writing. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.
Someone was kind enough to transcribe the scanned text into a markdown file on github. Asimov may not have seen this coming, but Orwell did. Americans’ unwillingness to read as their inability. 10 of the law here in the U.
And the public television revolution of the 70s and 80s — vaccination movement has shown. To be sure – have been ad hoc and nearly always imperiled by funding crises and the designs of profiteers. This end will be answered by committing the right of making it, americans’ unwillingness to read as their inability. Not to any preestablished body, jacoby in her book, i certainly understand his attitude.
And this article fosters that by transmitting the feeling of disdain for one’s fellows, one man claiming to know the answer to all is ignorance. Without undue difficulty, it’s not in any of the published collections of his work that I’ve read. Do you want more open culture? That the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, for no specific reason.
At least that is my interpretation and experience. This explains why people don’t think like I do! Okay, that’s tongue-in-cheek, but it sums up the takeaway that most people get from Asimov’s saying, and this article fosters that by transmitting the feeling of disdain for one’s fellows, without giving any of Asimov’s examples, which are what the comment is all about. You can see it in other comments on this thread. It’s not an argument it’s just a vague feeling that other people just aren’t as good as we are, for no specific reason.
This shows once again that it’s impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. One man claiming to know the answer to all is ignorance. The people were supposed to elect wise and capable electors, who would themselves select the next President. But that has been subverted, and the electors are mere messengers. It was desirable that the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confided. This end will be answered by committing the right of making it, not to any preestablished body, but to men chosen by the people for the special purpose, and at the particular conjuncture. It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.