I can’t help but believe this phenomenon of widespread cognitive dissonance, like a pandemic of mental dysfunction, has happened before. It might be a feature of human history but in our time amplified by technology. Communications, the web at electric speed, infecting millions in the way a virus is spread by the technology of global jet travel. Human history has never been smooth and linear, why should it be that way in our time? Its wishful thinking to imagine that these new devices have made us more rational.
Stephen Hawking says that Artificial Intelligence is mankind’s greatest threat. I believe he said it last year before the rise of Trump. Now we know the greatest threat is from Incredible stupidity. Something poetic in those extremes ruling our fate.