5/15/2014

Howard Zinn – Food for thought

"We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness – embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas."
 

Howard Zinn, 2005 , Political Science Professor

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Howard Zinn needs to read books by Lee Kuan Yew.
No need to think & question so much.
Just trust in Lee Kuan Yew.
You will surely get back your CPF money.

Bengster said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87pZEvXYTh8

a people's history of the united states

Matilah_Singapura said...

Howard Zin has made a big (cognitive) error in his underlying assumption about being critical of existing society -- as every good progressive ought to be.

The error is this: to be a good critic, a good scrutineer...you first must have the skills and the training to be able to THINK CRITICALLY.

Critical thinking is so "unnatural", Skeptic Dictionary editor and author Bob Carroll titled his book to reflect that fact