Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now that the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room

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Basic Books, 2011 - Computers - 231 pages
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We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.

Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker . . . if you know how. In Too Big to Know, Internet philosopher David Weinberger shows how business, science, education, and the government are learning to use networked knowledge to understand more than ever and to make smarter decisions than they could when they had to rely on mere books and experts.

This groundbreaking book shakes the foundations of our concept of knowledge—from the role of facts to the value of books and the authority of experts—providing a compelling vision of the future of knowledge in a connected world.

  

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Review: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

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Ever since reading a A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell, I have had a fascination with why and how people can disagree so vehemently about issues. The world is a complicated place, sure, but how ... Read full review

Review: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

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A discussion of how ideas and knowledge have different characteristics on the internet than in print. Does not make for a very compelling read as it's a little dry and without a compelling narrative ... Read full review

Contents

The Crisis of Knowledge
1
Bottomless Knowledge
19
A Marketplace of Echoes?
69
Long Form Web Form
93
Too Much Science
121
Where the Rubber Hits the Node
159
Building the New Infrastructure of Knowledge
173
Acknowledgments
197
Index
219
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About the author (2011)

David Weinberger is a Senior Researcher at Harvard University's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. He is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Everything Is Miscellaneous, and a coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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