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The Resource Dumbth, and 81 ways to make Americans smarter, by Steve Allen

Dumbth, and 81 ways to make Americans smarter, by Steve Allen

Label
Dumbth, and 81 ways to make Americans smarter
Title
Dumbth, and 81 ways to make Americans smarter
Statement of responsibility
by Steve Allen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Steve Allen addresses a social problem so pervasive that it apparently lies behind all others. The author's thesis started as a personal hunch when he began to observe, in the early 1960s, a sharp increase in instances of inefficiency. Assuming that shoddy workmanship, poor service, and growing incompetence were at least partly caused by a breakdown in the capacity to reason, Allen proceeded to the stage of formal research. What he discovered was incompetence on a scale more vast than anything envisioned by Laurence J. Peter, who has amusingly but persuasively argued that people tend to be elevated to the level of their personal incompetence--the "Peter Principle." Allen coined the word dumbth as a shorthand term for the sort of muddle-headedness that, he asserts, has become characteristic of our society. Allen approaches the problem of the collapse of intelligence in the United States on the same no-laughing-matter basis that made his earlier books ... so instructive. After sketching out the dimensions of the problem, the author, like all good social reformers, points to a solution. First, he recommends that we add a fourth "R"--Reasoning---to the traditional reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic of the process of formal education, beginning in kindergarten and first grade. Second, he offers the reader a full 81 "rules" for good thinking, arguing that since there are rules-of-the-game for piano-playing, marriage, science, nutrition, and thousands of other activities, it is absurd to suppose that thinking well is so natural a gift that its practitioners require no instruction whatever. Although Steve Allen is best known for his creative work in music and comedy, he has also written thirty-two books and several thousand songs. He has hosted numerous television shows and was the creator of the original "Tonight" show."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1921-2000
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Allen, Steve
Dewey number
153.4/0973
Index
no index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.A3755 1989
Literary form
non fiction
NLM call number
973.92 A429d
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Stupidity
  • Thought and thinking
  • Intellectual life
  • Stupidity
  • Thought and thinking
  • United States
Label
Dumbth, and 81 ways to make Americans smarter, by Steve Allen
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Forward / Norman Cousins -- The problem -- The solution
Control code
ocm20097736
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
359 pages
Isbn
9780879755393
Lccn
89010647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)20097736
Label
Dumbth, and 81 ways to make Americans smarter, by Steve Allen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Forward / Norman Cousins -- The problem -- The solution
Control code
ocm20097736
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
359 pages
Isbn
9780879755393
Lccn
89010647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)20097736

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