“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has 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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2017 at 2:11pm

Here's a scan of Asimov's full Newsweek op-ed, "A Cult of Ignorance", which that quote comes from: http://atheistnexus.org/photo/a-cult-of-ignorance?context=user

Comment by sk8eycat on April 16, 2014 at 12:28pm

I have only been mildly fond of Asimov's fiction, but I absolutely LOVED the editorials he wrote for his own magazine, and non-fiction articles he wrote for others. 

HE was the one who pointed out to me and his other readers that the buybull is a flat-earth book.  ie: the supposed creator of the entire universe full of spheroids didn't bother to tell his/her/its "chosen people" that they were living on a spherical planet that revolved around the sun...which is just an ordinary star....on the outer rim of a galaxy full of other stars.

Not very smart for a god.  I like Harlan Ellison's speculation that this solar system is part of a hospital for insane gods, and Earth is YHWH's effed-up Occupational Therapy project.  (Read The Deathbird and other Stories.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

This is (deservedly!) common around the web... thanks to Loren Miller for introducing me to it!

Does anyone know who to credit for the original illustration?

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