Jill lepore on the internet of us knowing more and understanding less in the age of big data by michael p lynch. About the internet of us with far reaching implications this urgent treatise promises to revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age. Philosophy professor michael p lynch explores the nature of knowledge wisdom and privacy what would the world be like if instead of having to check your smartphone for information you could wire your brain directly to the internet. We used to say seeing is believing now googling is believing with 24 7 access to nearly all of the worlds 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. Lynch argues that the trust people give to their sources of information can be both misplaced and abused the internet gives us more to disagree about and more sources to choose from given that many people limit whom they talk to and trust those they agree with and think are authorities the author is concerned that the internet is increasing group polarization and the emergence of what he
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