#63, the health of nations demands knowledge applied to decision-making

March 26, 2017

This #100hardtruths was shared with me by my friend, a scholar and leader within Digital Humanities,  Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association:

“The health of nations is directly related to the depth of knowledge applied to public decision-making.” So says former chairman of the NEH (and former Republican congressman) Jim Leach. The #hardtruth is that our nation is not healthy.  As Tom Nichols has recently explored, our top decision-makers today not only disregard the advice of experts but actively reject the notion that their knowledge is any more worthy of consideration than anyone else’s opinion.

The other hard truth is that we are all responsible for finding new ways to re-engage with the public, to find ways to interest them in the knowledge we produce, and to demonstrate to them that facts persist even when master narratives are long gone.

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