James Paul Gee’s The Anti-Education Era discusses limitations humans must overcome if they are to stop being stupid and solve (or at the very least address) the complex issues that face the world today. His statement of the problem (or should I say problems), while blunt, is right on point.
This is a book that, at first, I found pedantic and repetitive. But, sticking with it (required reading for my Masters class, CEP812, after all), I am now a fervent believer that it should be read by everyone! Follow this link for a taste of what Gee sees as our limitations and some discussion on how understanding even just one of them informs our actions.