Expanding on Boiler's post:Boiler wrote:Simplistic, easy-to-digest views that fit nicely with a youthful, perhaps naive view of the world?
My half-formed first thoughts.
I read an article a couple of years ago about research into adolescence, and how many young people are not achieving mental maturity until they're well into their twenties, or even early thirties. We've all been teenagers, we can all remember a time when the world was black and white, when it was obvious what was wrong with it and equally obvious what should be done to fix it. Most of us grew out of that mindset by the end of our teenage years as we matured and gained a better understanding of the world around us. If those experts in that half-remembered article are correct, people are no longer carrying that simplistic worldview for a few years, but for a decade or more, so when they do finally achieve some sort of intellectual maturity that mindset is so deeply entrenched it will be very difficult to change it. Hence the appeal of Corbyn's Student Union politics and the inability of its adherents to change their views when presented with new information. And, of course, why supposed adults act like moody teenagers - they still *are* moody teenagers.
This, I think, also underpins the Retreat from Reason, and has given us the portmanteau word "kidult".