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Sowell: Is Thinking Obsolete?
Creators Syndicate ^ | August 5, 2014 | Thomas Sowell

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: aliens; geraldo; illegals; israel; minimumwage; sowell; thomassowell

1 posted on 08/04/2014 2:27:52 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 08/04/2014 2:29:27 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

To the left, TRUTH is either a personal insult or hate speech depending on what mood they happen to be in.


3 posted on 08/04/2014 2:31:34 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: jazusamo

4 posted on 08/04/2014 2:32:39 PM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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To: jazusamo

No. We just have liars more dedicated to their craft.


5 posted on 08/04/2014 2:32:54 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jazusamo

Artificial Stupidity <<-— What a concept,...


6 posted on 08/04/2014 2:34:02 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: jazusamo

Thomas Sowell BUMP.


7 posted on 08/04/2014 2:36:39 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo

If it is a “post-racial” era, then we must be in the “dead cat bounce” segment of that era.


8 posted on 08/04/2014 2:36:55 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Kerry, as Obama's plenipotentiary, is a paradox - the physical presence of a geopolitical absence")
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To: jazusamo

To the left, including the RATS, truth is something that never gets in the way of their agenda.


9 posted on 08/04/2014 2:37:34 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: hosepipe

Artificial Stupidity <<-— What a concept,...

The liberals beat that with Intellectual stupidity.


10 posted on 08/04/2014 2:38:08 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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11 posted on 08/04/2014 2:40:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

You’d think so.


12 posted on 08/04/2014 2:41:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: jazusamo

Not obsolete, it is a crime. In addition it is beyond the ability of many Americans because of our sorry education system.


13 posted on 08/04/2014 2:48:11 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: hosepipe

Not to mention “aspirational stupidity”.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 2:54:25 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: headstamp 2

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.


16 posted on 08/04/2014 2:54:29 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“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.”

And we’re supposed to be the reactionaries.


17 posted on 08/04/2014 3:04:20 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping and for linking to the print version.


18 posted on 08/04/2014 3:05:30 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: jazusamo

Critical thinking and common sense. Two necessities badly missing from today’s society.


19 posted on 08/04/2014 3:07:01 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: jazusamo

BUMP


21 posted on 08/04/2014 3:09:44 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The only people in the world who fear Obama are American citizens. KILL THE BILL!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Hiya sjb, have missed you and hope you’re doing well.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 3:13:57 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Thank you.


23 posted on 08/04/2014 3:15:13 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The only people in the world who fear Obama are American citizens. KILL THE BILL!)
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To: jazusamo

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.”


24 posted on 08/04/2014 3:19:58 PM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: headstamp 2

The world’s greatest intellectual cuts to the chase again.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 3:24:53 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Ancesthntr

Sadly you’re right for way too many people here.


26 posted on 08/04/2014 3:29:48 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

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.


27 posted on 08/04/2014 3:50:07 PM PDT by rockinqsranch ((Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.))
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To: jazusamo
I label the era I've watched emerge as the "Dim-Bulb" era.

We're in the early stages of what will eventually lead to what we laughed at in Mike Judge's great movie comedy "Idiocracy"

28 posted on 08/04/2014 4:21:43 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: jazusamo

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.

/ sarcasm


29 posted on 08/04/2014 4:23:26 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Fred Hayek

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....


30 posted on 08/04/2014 4:32:58 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet (Needs but one foe to breed a war, and those who have not swords can still die upon them.)
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To: jazusamo
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.

LOL - Sowell's great!

31 posted on 08/04/2014 4:34:49 PM PDT by GOPJ (There is no safety in denial. If someone's pushing violence they're probably an undercover cop.)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet

...and then the good doctor gives us heraldo to add to the circus parade..

...trying to make me bleed from the ears, he is.


32 posted on 08/04/2014 4:37:49 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet (Needs but one foe to breed a war, and those who have not swords can still die upon them.)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet; Fred Hayek

LOL! Well said.


33 posted on 08/04/2014 4:38:38 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: VideoDoctor

IDIOCRACY is actually a documentary, you know.


34 posted on 08/04/2014 5:25:41 PM PDT by RipSawyer (OPM is the religion of the sheeple.)
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To: jazusamo
I will keep posting this. It explains it in a nutshell:

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.

35 posted on 08/04/2014 5:30:32 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: jazusamo

Bump


36 posted on 08/04/2014 5:42:09 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: jazusamo

Check out the blithering idiot’s comment on the article...

http://www.creators.com/conservative/thomas-sowell/is-thinking-obsolete-3d75af14e7.html


37 posted on 08/04/2014 6:04:21 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: tet68
Artificial Stupidity <<-— What a concept,... The liberals beat that with Intellectual stupidity.

For liberals, it's not artificial. Its the real thing.

38 posted on 08/04/2014 6:32:59 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: kanawa

LOL! Thanks, kanawa.

It seems Sweeney had better start limiting his use of the bong though it may already be too late for him.


39 posted on 08/04/2014 6:47:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy's civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties?

I can think of just one other that's trying awfully damned hard.

40 posted on 08/04/2014 9:21:04 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: jazusamo

...And thanks for the ping!


41 posted on 08/04/2014 9:22:08 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: VideoDoctor
We're in the early stages of what will eventually lead to what we laughed at in Mike Judge's great movie comedy "Idiocracy"

Truly. We're reaching the stage where every scene could arguably be called documentary footage.

42 posted on 08/04/2014 9:26:35 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: F15Eagle
Or try to find someone living on 401k’s and gov’t checks about the state of the American economy.

Hey!

43 posted on 08/05/2014 2:46:07 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Well worth repeating here...


" ” 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 intellectual’s 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 intellectual’s ideas are tested only by internal criteria and “become sealed off from feedback from the external world of reality.”

An intellectual’s reputation, then, depends not on whether his ideas are verifiable but on the plaudits of his fellow intellectuals. “
Thomas Sowell

44 posted on 08/05/2014 2:48:38 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: jazusamo
The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the allegedly educated intelligentsia.

Fixed it!!

45 posted on 08/05/2014 3:19:24 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: jazusamo

Geraldo’s brain is probably in pristine condition. I don’t believe its ever been used.


46 posted on 08/05/2014 5:27:19 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Elsie

Kinda says it all.


47 posted on 08/05/2014 10:40:27 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The only people in the world who fear Obama are American citizens. KILL THE BILL!)
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