“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States,” says Asimov

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Make no mistake when somebody says, “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States,” especially when Isaac Asimov says it! And he means it! Read that famous quote and more ISAAC ASIMOV great and Famous Quotes…Here is how Isaac Asimov summed up the home race: “I wish that I could say I was optimistic about the human race. I love us all, but we are so stupid and shortsighted that I wonder if we can lift our eyes to the world about us long enough not to commit suicide.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi, Russia.  As a toddler he immigrated with his family to the United States to become a biochemistry professor, and to pursue a vocation that would define worldwide – writing. His first novel that was published was Pebble in the Sky which appeared in 1950. He was a prolific author who penned nearly 500 books, he published influential sci-fi works like I, Robot and the Foundation trilogy, as well as books in a variety of other genres.

Asimov wrote on many subjects outside of science fiction, tackling such diverse topics as astronomy, biology, math, religion and literary biography. Titles included The Human Body (1963), Asimov’s Guide to the Bible (1969), the mystery Murder at the AB A (1976) and his 1979 autobiography, In Memory Yet Green.

He was a tireless writer and spent a great deal of time in solitude, working on manuscripts and only occasionally could be persuaded by family to take breaks and vacations. By December 1984, he had written 300 books, ultimately writing nearly 500. Asimov died in New York City on April 6, 1992.

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