Emma Green has written a dismissive review of The Age of Atheists in the Atlantic Magazine. The review is online at:
These same people are the ones who enjoy their cable TV, get from Point A to Point B with their GPS, use computers and the internet without a qualm, work in buildings whose structure relies considerably on soil analysis, strength of materials, metallurgy, and multiple other considerations that they can't be bothered to acknowledge. Any time, and I mean ANY TIME someone wants to disparage technology in front of me, said people are going to find their noses (along with their ignorance) rubbed firmly in it. And here we go with the quotes again:
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
― Isaac Asimov
No, their ignorance isn't remotely as good as the knowledge which gave rise to those and multiple other benefits of science and technology ... and they would do well to learn that.
A wonderful Asimov quote. Richard Hoftadter wrote in his 1970 book Anti-intellectualism in America:
…the heartland of America, filled with people who are often fundamentalist in religion,nativist in prejudice, isolationist in foreign policy, and conservative in economics, has constantly rumbled with an underground revolt against all the tormenting manifestations of our modern predicament.
He might now add that they are also opposed to the technology that makes their lives so much easier.