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In arguments involving past decisions or tradition, people frequently blow off the claims of tradition by using the (false) assumption that people in days gone by, or even in ancient civilizations, were less able to use their powers of reason.

Is there a term for this assumption?

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closed as off topic by Steven Drennon Dec 22 '11 at 18:06

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Hello there, I see a lot of "what was this word" questions and answers at english.stackexchange.com – kubanczyk Dec 22 '11 at 16:16
Perhaps better for english.stackexchange.com? – none Dec 22 '11 at 16:18
Note that they are kind of strict about questions tagged single-word-requests there too. See english.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/single-word-requests . Still, there are tons of them. – T.E.D. Apr 30 '12 at 21:03
Exceptionalism? – Eduard Florinescu Jan 29 '13 at 22:07
The term is stupidity. – user2590 Aug 25 '13 at 18:47