- Dec 2011
I do take that into account and agree with you quite readily. As I mentioned, with "uneducated" as a contributory factor, there are multiple other factors to consider such as experience and intelligence.What you are both missing is indoctrination is not just about receiving information! It is a matter of what your brain does with the information once it is received. It is not natural to think critically. Critical thinking is a learned skill. People can get degrees in computer technology and never have a class in critical thinking.
Being extremely smart has almost nothing to do with critical thinking, nor wisdom. In fact, being a critical thinker will reduce one's ability to score high on the technological test, because critical thinking involves more thinking than memorizing facts and responding correctly on test with right or wrong answers. Today our young are smart but lack the wisdom to use the technology available to us. There is a difference between using a cell phone and being addicted to it and having no life except the life of social media and games. This addiction is very much about preparing our young for technology but not for life and all the responsibilities that come with being an adult.
The problem with the premise of the OP, is that, historically, there have been large swaths of people that would be considered fairly well educated that have ostensibly been heavily indoctrinated into systemic political and religious schemes. Again, I am not equating indoctrination with a good or bad value.
IOW, I cannot conceive of a premise that is not contradicted by evidence with the idea of educated people being less prone to indoctrination than "uneducated" people.
To be clear though, when I say uneducated people I am talking about people who have not had a higher formal education. I do not equate uneducated with stupid.