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How did public debate get so stupid?

February 9th, 2015

Episode 103 of 461 episodes

If you are exasperated by the parlous state of public discourse and debate - in politics, popular culture, or society generally - then you are not alone. Writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane are similarly cranky about ‘the decline of reason’ and the ascendancy of ‘stupid’ ideas.In their new book, A Short History of Stupid, they take aim at anti-scientific thinking, government paternalism, the war on terror, contemporary feminism, and more. Paul Barclay talks to them.

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