The Death of ‘Why’ is here (literally and figuratively?)

Last year, Andrea Batista Schlesinger interviewed me for a book project (our exchange is posted here). The book is finally available! Check it out:


Here’s the book blurb:

We exercise our power as citizens by asking questions. Inquiry is less valued today, however, as our society demands quick and dirty answers. We see this play out all around us: in the increased ideological segregation that divides us, the outsize role of Google, a news industry that opines rather than investigate, and the decline in value of civics education where young people are taught to question their democracy. In The Death of “Why?” Andrea Batista Schlesinger, a prominent progressive voice, offers a passionate defense of the role of questioning in fulfilling the promise of democracy. And she profiles those individuals and institutions renewing the practice of inquiry–particularly in America’s youth–at a time when our society demands such activity from us all.

More info (including a free chapter): http://thedeathofwhy.com/

One thought on “The Death of ‘Why’ is here (literally and figuratively?)

  1. Cindy

    Thank you for introducing the book on this blog. I have just placed an order for her book.

    How often do we hear this kind of conversation at a supermarket: Honey, what would you like to eat tonight? Chicken, fish??? Imagine a world without mobile phones (not really that long ago!), this same person would use some brain power, make some clever deductions such as price, special offers, freshness etc. and purchase. Some how we no longer seems to want to use our brain.

    Multi-tasking is another term that irritates me. Because we are being pushed to multi-tasking, in reality we are multi-HOPPING. We only have time and resources to take care of or look into the surface of whatever we must multi-task, move on to the next task, and rarely have the time to dig deeper and provide ‘total’ solutions. Is that efficient and effective problem-solving?. Yet we accept them (not me) because society is expecting us to able to response quickly to whatever that comes along.

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