More people alive today know more about more things affecting human
experience than ever in history. We overflow with knowledge, have millions
of books and journals and an Internet that updates information daily and
spans the world. Despite this, we have a growing problem with being able
to trust in the knowledge of our "experts" and "intellectuals." How can
we know that they are really experts? Evaluating sources and critical thinking
are crucial to making sound decisions, whether in policy making or determining
your own future.
How do we know that professors, diplomats, and journalists who specialize in
international disciplines are trustworthy? If they do their work in some of the
lesser developed countries in the world, are they free to tell us how things really
are or must they wait until they retire?
How do we know that such disciplines as Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies,
the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the Arab/Persian hostilities are being
covered in a way that reflects the latest scholarship on these issues?
And do we understand numbers--how statistics are used and abused? And how science
is changing at such a rapid pace that we will be confronting challenges to our laws
and to our understanding of how the world really works?
This book is a survey of such issues and will surely stimulate plenty of discussions and thoughts.