Abstract

Leonard Peikoff's “DIM Hypothesis” demonstrates that man's cognitive need for integration is important historically. It reflects the motive power of philosophy, of man's need to understand the world. But Peikoff's theory lacks predictive power for America's future. Today's knowledge-based economy enables the average person to enjoy enhanced cognitive control over his or her life. Technology has transformed the American work experience in ways that teach one crucial connection: between the productive use of the mind (i.e., thinking, judgment) and human survival. This emerging cognitive self-confidence mitigates the philosophical void left by cultural nihilism and creates an intellectual barrier to authoritarianism.

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