Susan Jacoby





Susan Jacoby

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Susan Jacoby (born 1945) is an American author, most recently of the New York Times best seller The Age of American Unreason about American anti-intellectualism. She is director of the New York branch of the Center for Inquiry.



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Muslim tradition calls forbreaking the Ramadan fast in the evening with a date and a sip of water, and increasingly these days, the company of Jews.


David Mattis, a Jew, embraces Sumaya Abubaker, a Muslim.


Muslim-Jewish iftars are popping up across the nation, bringing together dozensand sometimes hundreds of people for a celebratoryRamadan meal and to forge interfaith friendships.


This Ramadan, as Jews and Muslims exchange rocket fire in Israel and...

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Freethinkers: A History of ...
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The Age of American Unreason
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“This mindless tolerance, which places observable scientific facts, subject to proof, on the same level as unprovable supernatural fantasy, has played a major role in the resurgence of both anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism.”
Susan Jacoby, The Age of American Unreason

“That so many manage to accommodate belief systems encompassing both the natural and the supernatural is a testament not to the compatibility of science and religion but to the flexibility, in both the physical and metaphysical senses, of the human brain.”
Susan Jacoby, Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

“The specific use of folks as an exclusionary and inclusionary signal, designed to make the speaker sound like one of the boys or girls, is symptomatic of a debasement of public speech inseparable from a more general erosion of American cultural standards. Casual, colloquial language also conveys an implicit denial of the seriousness of whatever issue is being debated: talking about folks going off to war is the equivalent of describing rape victims as girls (unless the victims are, in fact, little girls and not grown women). Look up any important presidential speech in the history of the United States before 1980, and you will find not one patronizing appeal to folks. Imagine: 'We here highly resolve that these folks shall not have died in vain; and that government of the folks, by the folks, for the folks, shall not perish from the earth.”
Susan Jacoby, The Age of American Unreason



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