By Helen Razer, Bernard Keane
How did every thing get so dumb? How did we turn into hostages to idiocy? What needs to we do to be free of a captor whose ransom notice easily reads, 'D'oh'?
The deteriorating caliber of our public debate and the dwindling of logic in media, politics and tradition can force you to depression and rage. It definitely drove writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane to a determined act: befriending one another for lengthy sufficient to jot down a booklet. sign up for forces with those uneasy allies to struggle opposed to a global that has misplaced its cause. discover what's at the back of the remorseless unfold of idiocy, and why there's in order that a lot rattling silly round you.
Stupid isn't simply lack of understanding; it's not only laziness. Worse than the absence of notion, silly is a deadly disease that drains our productiveness and leaves us in poor health and reduced. And silly has a protracted, complicated and bad prior, one we have to comprehend as a way to defeat it.
A brief historical past of Stupid strains the origins of this maddening sick, analyzing different ways that we've been over the past 3 thousand years. It damns those that have unfold silly and celebrates the courageous few who resisted. It exhibits how silly tightens the grubby grip of the silly round our throats. Hilarious, clever, disagreeable, infuriating and impolite, A brief heritage of Stupid is instantaneously a provocation and a convenience. it's going to spark debate, soothe the terminally annoyed and outrage the righteously silly. it's a e-book whose silly time has come.
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