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thewhitepearl's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by thewhitepearl

I was discussing with an xian the other day how we have few, if any, polymathic people around today, especially in the way Jefferson was.

I agree with you. Especially in America with the standardized school system. Where memorisation is more encouraged than comprehension or the ability to think on your own. And teacher's pay students to study...Where entertainment news has more viewers than c-span or regular news. etc..

You're right, there is a great deal of expansion in the knowledge that we have now versus the knowledge they had three hundred years ago. And a lot more things today that keep people diverted from obtaining it.

[edit] If I remember Susan Jacoby correctly, it was half or more than half of the u.s citizens last year didn't read (or finish reading) ONE single book. It seems that they bought plenty but just collected dust.


Sun, 20 Jul 2008 10:28:00 UTC | #203331