Books

Internet of us

The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data.  In  press.  March  2016.  (New  York:  Liverite/W.  W.  Norton).  Audio  book,  Random  House.  Kirkus  starred  review  2015.    

With far-reaching implications, this urgent treatise promises to revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age.

The paradox confronting us today is that even as we know more and process information at a faster rate, we reason, think, and understand less. While a wealth of literature has been devoted to similar topics, the deep philosophical implications of this seismic shift have not been properly explored until now. 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 the modern Internet has distorted not only the way we learn and communicate but also the very essence of what it means to be human. Charting a path from Plato’s cave to Shannon’s mathematical theory of information to Google Glass, Lynch builds on previous works by Nicholas Carr, James Gleick, and Jaron Lanier to give us a necessary guide for how to navigate the philosophical quagmire that is the Information Age.

In Praise of Reason
truth as one and many
True to Life
truth and realism
truth in Context
nature of truth
Perspectives on the Philosophy of William P. Alston