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Ramped Ignorance Last month the Associated Press broke two groundbreaking stories in rapid-fire succession One headline all but screamed out the stunning revelation that Scientists Say Men Women Not Alike Before Americans could begin to absorb the implications of this discovery they were bombarded by another AP shocker Study Parents Can Affect Teen Sex Now I am pleasantly surprised whenever well-paid researchers draw the proper conclusions from their social data and journalists in turn relay this information to the public without the usual bias But still after reading these incredibly absurd headlines I wondered just how ignorant have American intellectuals become that they need to spend millions of dollars on research to confirm what most of us know anyway To tell us basic truths about relations between the sexes which any good parent should have instilled in us as a matter of course Well the answer to this question is fairly simple American intellectuals have become ignorant as a result of such mass media If you read the kind of social science revelations the New York Times has been publishing since the 1960s you begin to see why an uneducated simpleton like Forrest Gump struck so many Americans as a fount of wisdom Seemingly the more educated our society becomes the more ignorant they appear Still if American intellectuals are imbeciles when it comes to the basic facts of life just how exactly did they get that way To me this is baffling And while countless books published in the last decade have shown the depths to which the American intellectual has sunk the question to why our society has evolved this way has not been made less than apparent To illustrate this circular self-reinforcing process is the one and only welfare system as an irresponsible young woman might go through it Pregnant with illegitimate child our future single mother will begin receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children AFDC benefits by the sixth month
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