“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”

Continuing the theme of stupidity, I came across this in the NYT:

“Not only are citizens ignorant about essential scientific, civic and cultural knowledge, she said, but they also don’t think it matters.”

“(on 9/11)”This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.
The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”
“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.”

“But she would like to start a conversation about why the United States seems particularly vulnerable to such a virulent strain of anti-intellectualism. After all, “the empire of infotainment doesn’t stop at the American border,” she said, yet students in many other countries consistently outperform American students in science, math and reading on comparative tests.”

“Ms. Jacoby also blames religious fundamentalism’s antipathy toward science, as she grieves over surveys that show that nearly two-thirds of Americans want creationism to be taught along with evolution.”

{NYT – Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?}

{quote – Camus}


2 responses to ““He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”

  1. I was directing someone to the restroom at Friday’s & I said “Make a right when you get to the JFK poster.” She gave me this odd look & I pointed (as it was about 25 feet away from me), “Make a right at the poster of Kennedy.” The odd look persisted & it left me wondering, could this 25-35 year old woman really not know who JFK was?

  2. Perhaps she was looking for Ethel Kennedy.

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