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Ms. Jacoby said, something different is happening: anti-intellectualism (the attitude that “too much learning can be a dangerous thing”) and anti-rationalism (“the idea that there is no such things as evidence or fact, just opinion”) have fused in a particularly insidious way.

Not only are citizens ignorant about essential scientific, civic and cultural knowledge, she said, but they also don’t think it matters....

Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?

Answer: Duh, you think?

I have never seen so much outright hatred of knowledge and reason, and it seems to be multiplying. I don't think the cause is merely infotainment, dumb entertainment, or fundamentalism, which have been around since before I was born... it's something else I can't put my finger on. It's not just from reading Fundies Say The Darndest Things, but from friends of mine in real life that have started thinking this way. It's not just apathy towards knowledge and reason, but outright contempt.

And it's terrifying.

Via this post.