I am not a fundamentalist, but I am a Christian. I’m also a philosophy professor at a state university. And I agree with David Niose that anti-intellectualism is a very deep problem in America. (I also agree with Ravi Chandra, as I believe that another major issue is the rampant self-centeredness present in our culture.) Here I’d like to give my perspective on issues related to anti-intellectualism. It is connected to some fundamentalisms, but the problem is much deeper and more widespread in our society.
We may read more now than in the past. We read a lot of blog posts, tweets, and the like. We may read a few books, too. But we don’t read enough complex books, and we don’t read well.