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Dumbth: The Lost Art of Thinking

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Dumbth (pron. dum
-th) adj: a tendency toward muddleheadedness, or willful stupidity appearing in all segments of American life.

Updated, expanded with 20 new ways to think better, and highlighted with a new introduction, this is Steve Allen's humorous and provocative examination of contemporary thought or lack of it in our society.

When it first appeared nearly a decade ago, "Dumbth": and 81 Ways to Make ...

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Overview

Dumbth (pron. dum
-th) adj: a tendency toward muddleheadedness, or willful stupidity appearing in all segments of American life.

Updated, expanded with 20 new ways to think better, and highlighted with a new introduction, this is Steve Allen's humorous and provocative examination of contemporary thought or lack of it in our society.

When it first appeared nearly a decade ago, "Dumbth": and 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter was hailed by critics across the country as the book that would wake up Americans to their tendency toward poor thinking. Labeling the ineptitude phenomenon as "dumbth," Allen has probed the depths of mass ignorance in thinking, speech, and actions for more than thirty years as he observed increased inefficiency, shoddy workmanship, bad service, and an overall breakdown in the capacity to reason. Today, while politicians and school boards play into the popular foolishness by proposing use of "dumbed down" texts and a street language called "ebonics" to reach students, Allen urges another kind of education.

Allen explains the problem of fuzzy thinking in detail, and optimistically proposes many simple yet necessary remedies to "dumbth" in the 101 rules for good thinking, reading, writing, speaking, and, most importantly, reasoning.

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Television personality and author Allen catalogues a host of hilarious encounters with bad service, failures of communication, and a general breakdown in the capacity to reason, then offers 101 solutions to these widespread problems, explaining simple techniques for improving the ability to think. This edition is expanded with 20 new suggestions for better thinking. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573922371
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 1,019,147
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Allen (1921-2000) was known as television's renaissance man. He authored more than fifty books and composed over 8,500 songs. Allen was the creator and original host of the Tonight Show and the award-winning PBS series Meeting of Minds. You can learn more about this legendary entertainer by visiting his official Web site at SteveAllenonline.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2001

    Critical Thinking in an easy to read package!

    This book provides a wide variety of ways to clarify and improve your thinking. It achieves this in a manner that can easily be read cover to cover, but is also conducive to stop and go reeading. As always Allen is witty in his presentation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    dumbth/boreth

    i've always admired Steve Allen. A gifted and multi talented man. I was looking forward to more brilliance from Dumbth, instead found a truly hackneyed piece of work. I would think that an author of a couple of hundred books would have used an editor and spell check program not to mention a general outline for the book. Unfortunately he rocks back and forth bewailing the obtuseness of modern day hotel and bookstore help and slipping into maudlin reveries about great lyric writers of the 1930's and 40's. I found it tiresome and not worth finishing. Although I continue to have respect for Mr Allen's attempts at social criticism I do not think he is as undumbth as he once was. To sum up,dumbth=boreth. Niobrara Slim

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