25 June 2017

Tom Nichols is Spot On

Posted by Dan Satterfield

The Death of Expertise

“Tom Nichols, a professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College, says America has become a country “obsessed with the worship of its own ignorance.” Americans have always been skeptical of intellectuals and experts. Today, says Nichols, that attitude has mutated into outright hostility. In general, Americans have never been so willing to reject the knowledge of those who actually know something. This embrace of self-righteous ignorance bodes ill for the nation’s future. Nichol’s puts some blame on US universities, which fail to instill critical-thinking skills in students, and on the proliferation of news sources that compete by affirming their audiences’ biases.” (Review from here.)

A talk by Nichol’s at DC’s greatest book store Politics and Prose is below:

FYI: The New Yorker cartoon mentioned at the end of the video is here.