New Meetup: Burnsville Book Club - Susan Jacoby's "The Age of American Unreason" - July 1 7p

From: Bjorn W.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 7:48 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Burnsville Book Club - Susan Jacoby's "The Age of American Unreason" - July 1 7p

When: July 1,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: This month, we'll be discussing Susan Jacoby's book, "The Age of American Unreason." You can hear an interview with Susan Jacoby on Atheists Talk here:

This should be a great book for anyone who is interested in the history of religious fundamentalism and its impacts on our society.

Meet up at 6:30 for dinner, if you'd like, the discussion starts at 7 p.m.

The month following, we'll be reading "I'm Perfect, You're Doomed" by Kyria Abrahams, so people can get a head start if they want

The product description from Amazon is:

Product Description
Combining historical analysis with contemporary observation, Susan Jacoby dissects a new American cultural phenomenon--one that is at odds with our heritage of Enlightenment reason and with modern, secular knowledge and science. With mordant wit, she surveys an anti-rationalist landscape extending from pop culture to a pseudo-intellectual universe of "junk thought." Disdain for logic and evidence defines a pervasive malaise fostered by the mass media, triumphalist religious fundamentalism, mediocre public education, a dearth of fair-minded public intellectuals on the right and the left, and, above all, a lazy and credulous public.

Jacoby offers an unsparing indictment of the American addiction to infotainment--from television to the Web--and cites this toxic dependency as the major element distinguishing our current age of unreason from earlier outbreaks of American anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism. With reading on the decline and scientific and historical illiteracy on the rise, an increasingly ignorant public square is dominated by debased media-driven language and received opinion.

At this critical political juncture, nothing could be more important than recognizing the "overarching crisis of memory and knowledge" described in this impassioned, tough-minded book, which challenges Americans to face the painful truth about what the flights from reason has cost us as individuals and as a nation.

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