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2 + 2 = 5 has long been seen as an anti-intellectualism tenet. Fyodor Dostoyevsky made this theme prominent in his novel Notes from Underground.
It’s a simple math problem.
People are debating how to solve a simple math problem that has gone viral, posted by MindYourDecisions, and is seemingly straightforward in its solution. But people seem divided as answers vary significantly – some say one while others get 16. Much of this disagreement depends on which order of operations one chooses when arriving at their solution: PEMDAS is often employed, while different individuals might also utilize BODAS.
Not surprisingly, this problem has led to considerable debate and confusion worldwide. Arithmetic only works under certain real-world constraints and cannot always be applied the same way in all situations; for instance, 2+2 = five when counting items at a hardware store.
It’s an arithmetic question.
Arithmetic works well on paper but can sometimes get in the way of real-world situations. Carr’s tweet elicited numerous replies that showed how arithmetic often distorts reality when applied to everyday situations – for instance, two animals may reproduce and become three, yet 2+2 will always equal five when calculated using rounding up or down arithmetic.
However, some confusion in answering this question stems from outdated understandings of operations order. People who find the answer of 1 are mistakingly viewing 8/2(4) as multiplying by two and dividing by four, an interpretation that would have worked 100 years ago but does not produce accurate results on modern calculators.
It’s a tenet of anti-intellectualism.
Anti-intellectualism may be prevalent now, but its roots date much further than Donald Trump. Its rise is an outgrowth of globalization, deindustrialization, and increasing inequality fueled by think tanks and politicians from both parties, with its effects including widespread distrust for experts as well as disbelief about scientific consensus on public policy issues – something promoted by think tanks that supported anti-intellectualism policies promoted by think tanks or politicians from both parties. As a result, political candidates who advocate such attitudes often win elections.
A vital tenet is trust. Without it, incompetent political leadership and weak institutions that serve democracy are at stake, with universities mainly at risk of falling prey to this cycle. Universities aim to promote ideas that benefit society in various forms – for instance, defending minority rights, advocating social justice, or fighting for economic equality – but their centers of intellectual life may suffer due to student cynicism towards teachers, professors, and administrators, which compromises educational opportunities as well as careers.
Anti-intellectualism comes in various forms. The most dangerous condition is not simply antipathy toward knowledge; rather it comes from its manipulation by interest groups that would like to disprove climate change or oppose consumer, environmental, health, and safety regulations that might compromise profits or freedom of action based on legitimate expertise and facts such as the oil industry seeking to deny climate change; similarly, opponents of consumer, environmental health and safety regulations might use anti-intellectualism against legitimate expertise or facts to conceal harms from certain behaviors despite provable costs or damages or costs related to certain behaviors.
Liberal ideology must recognize this fact and understand their struggle against anti-intellectualism as not simply academic. Rather it represents a moral battle to maintain free inquiry principles and validate expert knowledge within democratic societies.
Anti-intellectualism in our culture has long been present, but its recent increase has been amplified by the Internet and media democratization. Once confined mainly to schools and playgrounds, it now affects politics, businesses, and families across our society – this cancerous growth must be eliminated using science education journalism to combat it.