It’s common in the outside world (e.g., teh hysteria over ebola, evolution denial, and the resistance to vaccination), so it’s definitely also a problem in prison. Guys in here ought to be learning about rational thought, reason, science, doubt, and so on, but the problem, they fill their minds with a lot of junk. And like too much government spending can crowd out good investments, junk can crowd good thinking habits out of your mind. Not only that, but the anti-intellectual junk is EASY. The real stuff takes effort, study, work. It would be great if more guys could see how rewarding it is, though.