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CalTexHawk February 3rd, 2014 3:40am

Is there a general distrust of experts, or anti-intellectualism, in America?

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/02/14 10:54 pm

I know there is down here! My intellect is not acknowledged here in Texas.

02/02/14 11:45 pm

its here too. trust me, I know

02/02/14 10:51 pm

Climate change.... That's all you need to know

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
02/02/14 10:18 pm

There is with the GOP. It's a mistrust coupled with the misconception that "common sense" somehow is just as good as scientific research and academic knowledge.

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
02/02/14 10:20 pm

Also, the idea that somehow an opinion can never be wrong, as if a personal preference for icecream flavors is the same as holding the opinion that climate change isn't happening or that the earth is six-thousand years old.

suppressedID hope despite the times
02/02/14 9:28 pm

It's opened up every fact that we don't like to debate.

WHO says North is always up?!?

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/03/14 5:13 pm

True north, magnetic north or grid north?

NYevo NY
02/02/14 9:23 pm

I hate when people, without so much as a shred of evidence, tear down what the scientific community indicates on a topic.

eLucidate writing
02/02/14 9:21 pm

I don't think it's as bad as the SOH comment sections indicate.

Rosebud Ohio
02/02/14 9:11 pm

I wouldn't say they always go hand in hand...

Wert A picture of my junk
02/02/14 9:07 pm

"Expert" dissected:
Root: pert - confident
Prefix: ex - formerly


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KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/02/14 9:03 pm

Definitely. (And it's one of my pet peeves!)

02/02/14 9:03 pm

I'd say so. There also is this idea that government is a beast (yeah I know its off topic). government is far from perfect (as is everything else) but like everything else, you need a healthy distrust but not so much it impairs you from seeing both

02/02/14 9:03 pm

any positives or negatives. but yes, it does seem there is a lot of anti intellectualism in the us

Praetorianus Fair enough.
02/02/14 8:58 pm

Could be about upbringing. A good part of the population adheres to things like creationism, and school as well as college has a lot of sports and teaches competitiveness, not intellectual thinking.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
02/02/14 9:02 pm

Add to this that intellectualism is in the minds of many connected to progressive political thinking, even outright socialism, and for most Americans, socialism is the enemy.

RBecker17 The Sultan of Rum
02/02/14 9:23 pm

Commie Pig... Putting out your theories about crap... Why don't you go back to Russia

fredd TrumpLand
02/02/14 8:54 pm

I think that's very true for certain cross-sections of the population.

DavesNotHere where am I
02/02/14 8:44 pm

Very much so. Our government has done an expert job of training Americans to distrust. And our society is apparently comfortably numb in its anti intellectual mode.