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TOPIC: People should care about the truth because it is helpful to see reality.
KEY POINTS: The last thing a fish would recognize is that it is surrounded by water. Do you recognize that you are surrounded by bullshit?
BENEFIT OF REVIEWING THIS MATERIAL: Recognizing the problem is half solving it.
Stupid people are everywhere. And, as we all know, no class, race, sex, occupation, political affiliation, country of origin, or degree of wealth has a monopoly on stupidity. Stupid people cause profound damage to individuals and to society at large. But, for the most part, stupid people operate in a kind of anonymity. Consequently, we are frequently ambushed by them and pay the often hefty price.
These are a few statistics of literacy in America:
- 50% of U.S. adults are unable to read an 8th grade level book
- 33% of U.S. high school graduates will never read a book after high school
- 42% of college students will never read another book after they graduate
- 80% of U.S. families did not buy a book this year
- 70% of adults have not been in a book store in the past 5 years
- American high school students today are reading books intended for children with reading levels of a 10 year old
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