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The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem)

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  • Part 1: The Age of the Imbecile
  • The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.
  • Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?

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Part 1: The Age of the Imbecile

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The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.

umair haque, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium Daily Digest

March 16, 2018 | I’d bet, these days, shortly after reading the headlines, you’ve thought, shaking your head and muttering, something like: “Jesus. We live in an age of impossibly catastrophic stupid.”

You’re not wrong. About a decade or so ago, hot on the heels of the financial crisis, something happened — an old story began to be rewritten, as the world found itself poorer once again. There was an explosion, somewhere deep in the human heart, and a tsunami rippled across the globe — one boiling and bubbling with every imaginable variety of stupid: human folly, gleeful ignorance, self-destructive greed, reckless spite, dim-witted cruelty parading itself as enlightenment.

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Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/humans_unaware_of_own_ignorance.jpgResearch out of Yale University suggests the internet is making humans believe they are smarter than they actually are.
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?

Barry Brownstein, Intellectual Takeout

April 27, 2018 | “Has there ever been a time in the world’s history when people were more sure of their opinions?” asks Jim Ferrell of the Arbinger Insitute.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sloman%20%26%20Fernbach%20%7C%20The%20Knowledge%20Illusion%2C%20jacket%20cover.jpgFerrell observes, “We become set in our opinions precisely because we have lost sight of the fact that they are merely opinions…our culture is suffering from what one might call ‘opinion creep’—the elevation of unsupported thoughts to the status of opinions and opinions to convictions.”

We don’t know how to have civil disagreements anymore. We fail to recognize that having a thought doesn’t make our thinking the truth. Ferrell writes, “We tend to have convictions about many things and to have opinions about almost everything else. We blind ourselves to the enormity of our ignorance.”

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/styles/medium/public/barry.jpg?itok=IOpY8vAt Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore.

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