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The Internet of Us

Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

Michael P. Lynch (University of Connecticut)



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12 June 2017
We used to say "seeing is believing"; now, googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world's information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us. Now firmly established as a pioneering work of modern philosophy, The Internet of Us has helped revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age. Indeed, demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is more to "knowing" than just acquiring information, leading philosopher Michael P. Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us value some ways of processing information over others, and thus risks distorting the greatest traits of mankind. Charting a path from Plato's cave to Google Glass, the result is a necessary guide on how to navigate the philosophical quagmire that is the "Internet of Things."
By:   Michael P. Lynch (University of Connecticut)
Imprint:   Liveright
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   200g
ISBN:   9781631492778
ISBN 10:   1631492772
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   12 June 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael P. Lynch is the director of the Humanities Institute and a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut. His previous books include True to Life, an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review. A recipient of the Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Connecticut's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lynch has held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He lives in Storrs, Connecticut.

Reviews for The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

Lynch's basic argument is that if we understand better the conditions under which knowledge is produced and disseminated-conditions he explores clearly and cogently-then we will become more 'responsible' knowers. -- The Wall Street Journal

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