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Book Review: Divergent Opinions: Why Community Matters — A Review of Sunstein’s Going to Extremes

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  1. Vinca says:

    Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule have proposed a means – “cognitive infiltration” – of addressing what they term the “crippled epistemologies” of people with views they deem extremist.

    Glen Greenwald criticizes their proposal here:

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2010/01/15/sunstein/index.html

    Sunstein and Vermeule do not explain why so many hold these “extremist” views in a society like ours with civil rights and civil liberties, other than by assuming that government information is inherently trustworthy in an open society.

    Perhaps, but this information and the community of people who receive it can also be viewed in terms of “the trust they place in the information received, the confidence they derive from like-minded members, and the authority or submission they respond to as a member of the community.”

  2. Vinca says:

    Sunstein and Vermeule seem limited by their Ivy League educations.

    http://www.theamericanscholar.org/the-disadvantages-of-an-elite-education/

    “So are you saying that we’re all just, like, really excellent sheep?” Well, I don’t know. But I do know that the life of the mind is lived one mind at a time: one solitary, skeptical, resistant mind at a time.