By Bob Hooper on February 22, 2010
"Expert bashing... is another distinguishing mark of junk thought, and the effectiveness of the technique depends on the public's inability to distinguish among good science, bad science, and pseudo-science. Scientific evidence, however overwhelming, is dismissed by the expert-bashers as politically biased. ... The scientific consensus on global warming is a favorite target of right-wing purveyors of junk thought." -- Susan Jacoby, in The Age of American Unreason
Susan Jacoby's national best-seller should be required reading -- especially for all those who believe mostly what they like to hear and confuse that with rationality. Most Americans are too distracted -- or too lazy -- to put intellectual sweat into serious reading or research. They're easy prey for junk.