By Mark Kolsen
By international standards, Americans are poorly educated. Their ignorance extends beyond the oft-reported low math, science and social science scores achieved by high school students (See, for example Adult Americans know relatively little about their own political system or other cultures (see, for example
They know even less about scientific cosmology or evolutionary biology (See, for example). In personal matters, where one might think Americans would know more, they are equally hapless. Americans are laughingly ignorant of their own sexuality (See, for example).
A comedy series could feature Americans’ responses to more complicated questions, such as “Which factors predict a successful relationship?” or “What is the best predictor of your child’s social-economic status”?
Given that only Italians--90% of whom call themselves “Catholic”-- are more ignorant than Americans, it could be persuasively argued that a religious Weltanshauung is a primary “cause” of ignorance. If a human assumes that the universe was created by an omnipotent and omniscient god, and that god still intervenes in human daily life, then that human has donned blinders to real knowledge. Why read, why learn, when you have the Bible, the word of god?