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On atrophied neurons

Eminent anti-idiotarian Thomas Sowell hits another one out of the ballpark with his essay “Is Thinking Obsolete?”  Some key excerpts to induce a complete reading:

There is a remarkable range of ways of seeming to argue without actually producing any coherent argument.

Decades of dumbed-down education no doubt have something to do with this, but there is more to it than that. Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination. Moreover, it is largely indoctrination based on the same set of underlying and unexamined assumptions among teachers and institutions.


A moral monopoly is the antithesis of a marketplace of ideas. One sign of this sense of moral monopoly among the left intelligentsia is that the institutions most under their control — the schools, colleges and universities — have far less freedom of speech than the rest of American society.

While advocacy of homosexuality, for example, is common on college campuses, and listening to this advocacy is often obligatory during freshman orientation, criticism of homosexuality is called "hate speech" that is subject to punishment.

His conclusion is one that incapacitates our country presently and will doom it to disaster in the long run.  But then, maybe that’s the goal of those responsible?  (Emphasis added)

The failure of our educational system goes beyond what they fail to teach. It includes what they do teach, or rather indoctrinate, and the graduates they send out into the world, incapable of seriously weighing alternatives for themselves or for American society.

  1. CW
    2 May 2013 at 7:09 AM

    There is no one better at explaining the folly of liberalism than Thomas Sowell. Knowing that such wisdom exists out there makes the tragedy of having a fool for a president that much more heartbreaking.

  2. 2 May 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Cw, love your comment.

  3. 2 May 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Good article Interface and as always Sowell is brilliant.

    We all see how dumbed down our kids are coming out of these universities being “Indoctrinated” by mostly liberal professors. I would recommend going to Xavier University in Cincinnati where I once worked. A good Catholic one where the kids come out ready for jobs. And if the kids are having problems with their school work or getting good grades the Jesuits take them under their wing and tutor them on extra time.

    I don’t see how any of these young people can be ready for the real life world of working if they have no real education in so many of these universities. They come out armed with nothing except either socialist ideas or Marxist ones. So many don’t know a doggone thing, even about going to a job interview and the protocol. They can’t spell, their reading skills are minimal.

    And when I see these young people during the interviews done by Fox news at times, it is astounding how little they do know about almost any topic. It’s really scary to say the least.

    The real world is not going to hand them anything. They have to work for it.

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