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The Ignorance Caucus - By PAUL KRUGMAN NYTimes.com

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Teachers of 'critical thinking skills,' like myself know that the entire process of analysis depends on one thing: prior knowledge. Here is an excellent essay about the GOP effort to create an ignorant public that will accept their misrepresentations and outright lies. " Hillary Clinton said of her Republican critics, "They just will not live in an evidence-based world." Krugman says: These days the GOP " dislikes the whole idea of applying critical thinking and evidence to policy questions. Last year the Texas G.O.P. explicitly condemned efforts to teach "critical thinking skills," because, it said, such efforts "have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority". ... "Willful ignorance matters".... "there really isn't anything equivalent to Republicans' active hostility to collecting evidence in the first place."

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