What ever happened to critical thinking
Dr. Thomas Sowell thinks he knows:
In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.
Critical thinking seems, in many cases, to be a thing of the past. Ideology seems to be replacing it.
Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict.
Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler’s forces?
Not only that, are they aware that the intent of the Hamas terrorists is to kill as many Israeli civilians as they can? They’re just not very good at it. And, Israel has taken steps to safeguard its civilians while Hamas repeatedly and purposely puts their civilians at risk by launching rockets from populated areas near schools etc.
This isn’t something that’s hard to figure out … unless you’ve turned thinking off and ideology (which only allows one to accept “facts” that fit the narrative”) on.
Another example involving Jerry Rivers:
Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.
Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. Since there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether they, or how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young immigrants enter schools across the country.
The attack against Matt Drudge has been in the classic tradition of demagogues. It turns questions of fact into questions of motive. Geraldo accuses Drudge of trying to start a “civil war.”
However, history reminds us:
Back when masses of immigrants from Europe were entering this country, those with dangerous diseases were turned back from Ellis Island. Nobody thought they had a legal or a moral “right” to be in America or that it was mean or racist not to want our children to catch their diseases.
Perfectly acceptable precautions. Perfectly sound reasoning. Something we understood well even back then. But that doesn’t fit the ideological narrative today. The fact that the illegals are “children” is what the ideologues want to emphasize in order to shut others up and have them enter freely and be placed within our system. They appeal to emotion, not reason. Reason tells you that you take prudent precautions instead of openly exposing your children to the communicable diseases, etc. that are being brought in by illegals, children or not. Who do we have a greater responsibility toward and why should we risk their lives and health in order to satisfy an ideology? A thinking person would conclude we have a greater responsibility to our own children.
Although liberals are usually gung ho for increasing the minimum wage, there was a sympathetic front-page story in the July 29 San Francisco Chronicle about the plight of a local non-profit organization that will not be able to serve as many low-income minority youths if it has to pay a higher minimum wage. They are seeking some kind of exemption.
Does it not occur to these people that the very same thing happens when a minimum-wage increase applies to profit-based employers? They, too, tend to hire fewer inexperienced young people when there is a minimum-wage law.
No it doesn’t “occur” to them because they don’t think it through. They simply parrot the emotional buzz-words and phrases their ideology teaches them. The consequences are far less important than getting their way and feeling good about it. But critical thought never enters the picture.
If it did, we’d not be hearing the nonsense these examples present, would we?