Friday, May 30, 2008

Let's not confuse things ...

... The Dumbest Generation? Don’t Be Dumb. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

This piece would have been much better if the writer had noted that to be ignorant is not the same as being dumb. She serves up evidence that young people are not dumb. That may be so. But that in itself does not disprove the assertion that they are ignorant. And it isn't much good to be able to think if the information you're working with is either unsound or absent. Not only should you know what you're talking about; you should also know what you're thinking about.
I don't know if people are any dumber than they used to be, but I see no evidence that they're any smarter.

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