I met Asimov when I was an undergraduate. The thing I remember most about him was his crazy sideburns and his trying (unsuccessfully) to make off with my girlfriend. Maybe because of that unfortunate encounter I never read any of his books. I keep thinking of one of his quotes today. Didn’t realize it was his but I will give credit where credit is due.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.