One of the great ironies of modern life is the fact that advanced technologies are enabling ordinary human stupidity to spread to a far greater degree than at any previous time in history. As the human brain is very poor at reasoning, and as most people are profoundly ignorant of even the most basic facts, a huge number of people are easily duped. Throw in a little razzle-dazzle (videos, simple-minded sound-bites, trite memes) and you can quickly acquire a large number of intellectually challenged followers. As has been noted often, “there’s one born every minute… and two around the corner to take him.”

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