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Is society dumbing down?

Some commentators suggest that society is on a relentlessly downward intellectual curve. One in five school leavers are functionally illiterate according to Sheffield University. TV programmes about poor people having arguments and reality shows are commonplace, but interesting, challenging programming is in decline. Yah-boo politics seems to be on the rise. Sound-bite news items proliferate, edging out rigorous debate and argument. Is this simply a reflection of how we lead our lives nowadays or should we worry about an encroaching infantilism in society? In a nutshell, is the world getting smarter or dumber?  

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  • Sally S.

    Thanks Neil, I saw the restaurant was off to the right so didn't think to look in there but now I know and will look forward to meeting up with the group next time.

    May 5, 2014

  • Sally S.

    I couldn't find you in the crowded pub last evening. I asked a few groups and got some strange looks! Please could you look out for a newcomer if I try again next time?

    May 5, 2014

    • Neil G.

      Hi Sally. So sorry you didn't find us! We always meet in the area on the right as you come in, up on the raised platform. The bar staff all know us well (we've been coming to The Grasshopper for quite a while now) and I ask them to direct newcomers to us. Sorry that didn't work this time, but really hope to see you soon.

      1 · May 5, 2014

  • Sheela H.

    Sorry, I didn't make it. Hope you all sorted it out!

    May 5, 2014

  • Ella T.

    So sorry I couldn't make this one xx

    May 4, 2014

  • Dave E

    I'll probably be late too, but should get there. See you all later.

    May 4, 2014

  • Sam C.

    Might be late.

    May 1, 2014

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