America-lite

America-lite

How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered in the Obamacrats)

Book - 2012
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America-Lite (where we all live) is just like America, only turned into an amusement park or a video game or a supersized Pinkberry, where the past and future are blank and there is only a big NOW. How did we come to expect no virtue and so much cynicism from our culture, our leaders--and each other?

In this refreshingly judgmental book, David Gelernter connects the historical dots to reveal a stealth revolution carried out by post-religious globalist intellectuals who, by and large, "can't run their own universities or scholarly fields, but are very sure they can run you." These imperial academics have deployed their students into the top echelon of professions once monopolized by staid and steady WASPs. In this simple way, they have installed themselves as the new designated drivers of American culture.

Imperial academics live in a world of theory; they preach disdain for mere facts and for old-fashioned fact-based judgments like true or false. Schoolchildren are routinely taught theories about history instead of actual history--they learn, for example, that all nations are equally nice except for America, which is nearly always nasty.

With academic experts to do our thinking for us, we've politely shut up and let second-raters take the wheel. In fact, we have handed the keys to the star pupil and teacher's pet of the post-religious globalist intellectuals, whose election to the presidency of the United States constituted the ultimate global group hug.

How do we finally face the truth and get back into the driver's seat? America-Lite ends with a one-point plan.
Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, ©2012
ISBN: 9781594037085
1594037086
9781594036064
1594036063
Branch Call Number: E169.12 .G45 2012
Characteristics: 185 pages ; 24 cm

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Mee2 Dec 29, 2015

David Hillel Gelernter is an American artist, writer, and professor of computer science at Yale University. He is the chief scientist at Mirror Worlds Technologies. The “tuple spaces” introduced in Carriero and Gelernter’s Linda system (1983) are the basis of many computer-communication and distributed programming systems worldwide. “Mirror Worlds” (1991) “foresaw” the World Wide Web (Reuters, 3/20/01) and was “one of the inspirations for Java”; the “lifestreams” system (first implemented by Eric Freeman at Yale) is the basis for Mirror Worlds Technologies’ software. “Breaking out of the box” (NY Times magazine, ‘97) forecast and described the advent of less-ugly computers (Apple’s iMac arrived in ‘98). Gelernter’s essays are widely anthologized (for example in J. Brockman, ed., “The Next Fifty Years: new essays from 25 of the world’s leading scientists” (Vintage, 2002), R. Stolley, ed., “Life Magazine - Century of Change,” (Little Brown, 2001), and the ACM’s 50th Anniversary collection). In 1993 he was sent a mail bomb by Ted Kaczynski (aka Unabomber), which almost killed him and left him with some permanent disabilities: he lost the use of his right hand and his right eye was permanently damaged. (http://cpsc.yale.edu/people/david-gelernter)

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Dec 28, 2015

“2013 Golden Wingnut Award Winner Right Wing Professor David Gelernter”
posted 23-12-2014, by Howard S., on The Commander Guy’s Post
http://thecommanderguy.blogspot.ca/2014/12/2013-golden-wingnut-award-winner-right.html
and . . . .
“On David Gelernter’s rant”
by Neil Rickert, posted to The Heretical Professor
https://nwrickert.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/on-david-gelernters-rant/

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