Smarter than thou? - When Neil DeGrasse Tyson appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" on July 25, it reminded us of some ugly threads of anti-intellectualism in the U.S.
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"An entrenched self-perpetuating narrative has taken hold in Israel, whereby everyone is against Israel and, even though the country is trying its best, it is surrounded by hostility. Because it turns out — and we could have guessed — being sealed off doesn’t make Israelis feel any safer; all it does is amplify suspicion and insecurity. All it does is provide the perfect breeding ground for hatred and intolerance and racism. It stunts thought, narrows horizons, and inhibits cultural and critical development by severing a crucial, life-giving, mind-expanding exposure to difference. Separation is a daily, crippling nightmare for the outsider group. Yet it is a disaster ofa different sort for those who have chosen to close themselves off, inside a sterile zone". - Rachel Shabi