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Education Isn’t Truth

February 12, 2011
By Daniel McLaughlin

The brilliance of some people shines through in everything they say and do, but what we think is brilliant depends on our own perspectives, inclinations, and assumptions. Advanced college degrees, even from prestigious universities, do not impart any ultimate truth to the degree holders. They only certify that the graduates have absorbed enough of the biases of those under whom they have studied to convince a panel that they are worthy. That is not to say that college degrees are not useful or worthwhile. They certainly are. They are indications that the degree holder has a certain baseline of knowledge and has accumulated an arsenal of tools to help make some sense of the world and the way things work. Still, everyone is filled with the prejudices of those people whose work was most influential on their academic and personal development.



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