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November 9, 2008 - Skeptic Book Club - Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, by Richard Hofstadter - Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 8029 Kingston Pike - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.



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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, by Richard Hofstadter

From a review at Amazon.com:

Before this book, I had never contemplated the differences between intelligence and intellectualism, but now, armed with Hofstadter's witty, sophisticated study, I can, with confidence, better survey our national landscape. Not only does the author reveal our anti-intellectual roots, he deconstructs the origins of our commitment to "practical knowledge." Whether it's religion or the business ethic, American culture has sanctioned and outwardly promoted a disdain for intellectual contemplation in favor of more "functional" learning that will (must), in the end, bring about conformity, commercialism, and commodification, NOT abstract thought. The book is a masterpiece and if there are any people left in this country who believe the mind is the last refuge of true freedom, it should serve as a revolutionary cry for all of us to follow.



Posted by pking
Nov. 04, 2008