i'm not saying everyone is anti-intellectual, but it's woven inextricably through our culture. hell look at this thread. pstall literally couldn't stop himself from posting the exact same thing six times to highlight just how dumb and stupid it was to be discussing these big and long words (though i'm pretty sure he was just trying to get attention) and then you've got a cadre of other posts following it in a similar tone.
a whole lot of people do not take kindly to discussion that invoke words they don't understand, and rather than rising up and seeking an understanding of those words (through seeking an understanding of the topics they represent) we as americans are hardwired to do the opposite: just drag them down and belittle them as stupid abstractions.
having admittedly not done an iota of research to back this up, i hypothesize that you could draw a causal relationship between this attitude and our plunging national rankings in educational categories.
Is that what it is? Or is it a virtual gag reflex given the predominance of pseudointellectualism on the web in the age of Wikipedia?
Brb becoming an expert on trichloromethane
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