Provocative New Book Challenges Us to Really Ask "Why?"

July 15, 2009 9:38 AM

"The Death of Why" excerpted on

Provocative New Book Challenges Us to Really Ask "Why?"
The following is an excerpt from The Death of "Why?": The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy by Andrea Batista Schlesinger. Copyright 2009 Andrea Batista Schlesinger. Reprinted with permission by Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Ideological Segregation by Click and by Clique
When was the last time you changed your mind on something important? I've changed my mind a few times. One thing I can say for sure is that I've never changed it while surrounded by people who agree with me. But we are insulating ourselves from more and more opposing viewpoints--through the places we live, the way we vote, and who we turn to for news and information--and finding fewer and fewer catalysts to question our beliefs.

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— Andrea Batista Schlesinger