Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Matthew Hughes on Anti-intellectualism

Matthew Hughes, whose Archonate fiction I've only discovered this last week (but I've been reading as fast as I can!), has posted an interesting set of observations about the trend towards anti-intellectualism in North America (US and Canada both) over on the Night Shade message boards. His statements about why the post war years of the 40s and 50s saw a brief flourishing of the Scientist-As-Hero type, in particular, are the kind of thing that, once heard, are immediatley obvious, but which I don't know that I'd ever thought of in quite those terms before.

Quibble, quibble, quibble...I'd say that the evolution of the scientist as heroic adventurer was actually a 19th century creation, springboarding off of the popular image of Thomas Edison.
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