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Review for Intellectual Takeout, Bloomington, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For several decades now, students in most liberal arts programs, even at the best colleges, have been receiving an incomplete education. Incomplete because of an academic orthodoxy that eschews knowledge for “critical thinking” and skips most of the intellectual tradition of Western civilization in order to focus on topical studies from a fairly slanted social and political viewpoint. Intellectual Takeout is one of the very few places where a student can go for big gulps of the great ideas, presented direct from primary sources and with thoughtful analysis and application to current issues. Those of us no longer in college and less worried about the next term paper or final exam may benefit even more from ITO. At our leisure, we can read background on subjects we want to know more about, contrast opposing and alternative viewpoints, and compare notes with other interested ITO users on social media. As a director, I know that ITO has a huge following on Facebook and continues to reach more and more users. But I have been most impressed with the examples of individuals who write to confess that ITO has opened their minds to contrary arguments – and maybe even changed their thinking in certain ways. That is no small accomplishment.

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