Skip to comments.Sowell: Is Thinking Obsolete?
Posted on 08/04/2014 2:27:51 PM PDT by jazusamo
Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era.
Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel's military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict.
Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler's forces?
Talk show host Geraldo Rivera says that there is no way Israel is winning the battle for world opinion. But Israel is trying to win the battle for survival, while surrounded by enemies. Might that not be more important?
Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy's civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties? The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the educated intelligentsia.
In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.
It is much the same story in our domestic controversies. We have gotten so intimidated by political correctness that our major media outlets dare not call people who immigrate to this country illegally "illegal immigrants."
Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.
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To the left, TRUTH is either a personal insult or hate speech depending on what mood they happen to be in.
No. We just have liars more dedicated to their craft.
Artificial Stupidity <<-— What a concept,...
Thomas Sowell BUMP.
If it is a “post-racial” era, then we must be in the “dead cat bounce” segment of that era.
To the left, including the RATS, truth is something that never gets in the way of their agenda.
Artificial Stupidity <<- What a concept,...
The liberals beat that with Intellectual stupidity.
You’d think so.
Not obsolete, it is a crime. In addition it is beyond the ability of many Americans because of our sorry education system.
Not to mention “aspirational stupidity”.
Yes I think thinking itself is obsolete.
There is such a strong liberal bias in the media and among so many people. There is no thinking required of a liberal mindset.
Think about some issues.
To liberals,,if you oppose global warming you oppose science itself.
If you oppose homosexual marriage you are a bigot.
If you oppose abortion on demand or oppose public funding of any and all birth control devices you hate women.
If you oppose affirmative action you are racist.
If you oppose illegal immigration you are bigoted and xenophobic.
In each of these examples there is no thinking on the part of the liberals. There is no nuance or qualifications. In short you don’t have to think to have the knee jerk liberal opinion on these subjects.
“In each of these examples there is no thinking on the part of the liberals. There is no nuance or qualifications. In short you dont have to think to have the knee jerk liberal opinion on these subjects.”
And we’re supposed to be the reactionaries.
Thanks for the ping and for linking to the print version.
Critical thinking and common sense. Two necessities badly missing from today’s society.
Hiya sjb, have missed you and hope you’re doing well.
Thinking IS obsolete, having been replaced by Political Correctness...which is:
“a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and promoted by mainstream media and the educational establishment, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of sh!t by the clean end.”
The world’s greatest intellectual cuts to the chase again.
Sadly you’re right for way too many people here.
In the past I’ve mentioned here at FR the similarity in purpose of unfunded mandates on the States usually legislated by democrats, and congressionally mandated minimum wage laws, always Democrats again.
I see them as tools of the Left to keep the States under the thumb of centralized Federal Government.
We're in the early stages of what will eventually lead to what we laughed at in Mike Judge's great movie comedy "Idiocracy"
Thinking (except that done by the anointed elite) is hateful, hurtful, narrow minded, mean spirited, and judgement, not to mention racist, sexist, and homophobic as well. Now go watch Ed Schultz and the rest on MSNBC for the approved truth, you bigot! You must stop criticizing Party Secretary, the greatest since Josef Stalin, Erich Honnecker, and the Kim’s.
Watch Ed Schultz???
Cripes, just turn on the TV and watch him with the MUTE locked down and safety wired and the IQ level of everything in the room drops by ten points a minute.
Poor old house plants practically shrivel down into the pot with all that dumb flying by....
LOL - Sowell's great!
...and then the good doctor gives us heraldo to add to the circus parade..
...trying to make me bleed from the ears, he is.
LOL! Well said.
IDIOCRACY is actually a documentary, you know.
From the Freeper addendum to the ICD-10:
321.0 SPLAT Liberal Cerebral Defenestration (LCD) or Liberal Acquired Brain Absence (LABA), Complete loss of rationality, cognition, and cerebration due to indiscriminately keeping one's mind so far open that the brain falls out. First and subsequent encounters.
Check out the blithering idiot’s comment on the article...
For liberals, it's not artificial. Its the real thing.
LOL! Thanks, kanawa.
It seems Sweeney had better start limiting his use of the bong though it may already be too late for him.
I can think of just one other that's trying awfully damned hard.
...And thanks for the ping!
Truly. We're reaching the stage where every scene could arguably be called documentary footage.
" As a result, intellectuals are free from one of the most rigorous constraints facing other occupations: external standards. An engineer will ultimately be judged on whether the structures he designs hold up, a businessman on whether he makes money, and so on. By contrast, the ultimate test of an intellectuals ideas is whether other intellectuals find those ideas interesting, original, persuasive, elegant, or ingenious. There is no external test. If the intellectuals are like-minded, as they often are, then the validity of an idea depends on what those intellectuals already believe. This means that an intellectuals ideas are tested only by internal criteria and become sealed off from feedback from the external world of reality.
An intellectuals reputation, then, depends not on whether his ideas are verifiable but on the plaudits of his fellow intellectuals.
Geraldo’s brain is probably in pristine condition. I don’t believe its ever been used.
Kinda says it all.