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Upcoming Appearances:
December 19, Copenhagen,Pathologies of Public Discourse Workshop
January 5, Baltimore, Eastern APA
March 2, Yale University
March 24, National Institute for Civil Discourse, Tucson
March 9, Trinity College
April 12-14, Seattle, Pacific APA
April 24-28, TED Conference, Vancouver
May 4-5, NEH/Spencer Symposium on Big Data, Stony Brook
July 28-30, Episteme Conference, Galapagos 
Professor Michael P. Lynch

Professor of Philosophy Michael P. Lynch

Internet of Us
Michael Patrick Lynch is a writer and professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, where he directs the Humanities Institute. His work concerns truth, democracy, public discourse and the ethics of technology.  Lynch is the author or editor of seven books, including, The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data,  In Praise of ReasonWhy Rationality Matters for DemocracyTruth as One and Many and the New York Times Sunday Book Review Editor’s pick, True to Life. The recipient of the Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, he is The Principal Investigator for Humility & Conviction in Public Life, a $7 million project aimed at understanding and encouraging meaningful public discourse funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the University of Connecticut. A frequent contributor to the New York Times “The Stone” weblog, Lynch’s work has been profiled in The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Wired (among others). He speaks regularly to both academic and non-academic audiences, and has appeared at such venues at TED@250, Chautauqua, and South by Southwest. 

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