Dumbth and 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter

Allen, Steve

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Synopsis: In what may be the ultimate how-to book, Steve Allen addresses a social problem so pervasive that it may well be the cause of many others. The author's thesis started with observation of a sharp increase in instances of inefficiency.

From Library Journal: "Dumbth" is the state of the Miami college students in geography who can't find Miami on the map, the people who send flowers to the funerals of soap-opera characters, and innumerable incompetent hotel clerks. Comedian and writer Allen, like Allan Bloom and others back to Plato, thinks stupidity is on the rise, and that what passes for education won't stem the tide. He finds this annoying and devotes much space to limousine companies that fail him at the airport, and other such occurrences. His solutions are chiefly better logic teaching and more common sense--awareness of the complexity of things, understanding of the nature of evidence, and even willingness to watch the news. Alas, no one has told him that the best logicians are troubled by the concept of evidence and find it hard to define simplicity. Still, though spleen outweighs Allen's usual intelligence and wit, readers will find entertaining anecdotes--and something to think about.
- Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa
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Title: Dumbth and 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: 1989
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