Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Off task: Age of American Unreason

It is not often that I make postings re: books that are not central to the focus of IQ's Corner's mission. But, on occasion, I do read a stimulating book and would like to suggest others take a peak.

In addition to my recent book post about "The second civil war", today I'd like to draw attention to a book I just completed...a book that makes a good case (sometimes a bit over the top) for the trend towards anti-intellectualism and anti-reasoning in the U.S. culture. The book is the "Age of American Unreason" by Susan Jacoby. It is currently in the top 10 best selling books on the NY Times Book list (click here for review). If you, like I, are embarrassed at the lack of knowledge people demonstrate during Jay Leno's "Jaywalking", as well as the reports of just what our population does and does not might enjoy this book. It is thought provoking.

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