Michael Patrick Lynch examines truth, democracy, public discourse and the ethics of technology in the age of big data.

Michael Patrick Lynch is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is the director of the Humanities Institute and director of the New England Humanities Consortium. His work concerns truth, democracy, public discourse and the ethics of technology.

Lynch's newest book is Know-it-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture. His other books include, 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 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 as TED, The Nantucket Project, Chautauqua, and South by Southwest.

For inquiries about public speaking engagements, please contact Nasya Al-Saidy at nasya.al-saidy@uconn.edu


Aug 5, 2019 – The Young Turks Conversation @ 8:15 PM ET

Aug 12, 2019 – Morning Joe on MSNBC

Sep 24, 2019 – Know It All Society Innovation & Leadership Event; Portsmouth, NH

Sep 27, 2019 – NOMOS Truth and Evidence Conference, American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy; Princeton, NJ

Oct 9 & 11, 2019 – Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Oct 17, 2019 – Network for Responsible Public Policy; NJ

Oct 31, 2019 – Public Lecture on "Fake News and the Politics of Truth", LeMoyne College; Syracuse, NY

Nov 2, 2019 – Keynote at the Binghamton Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, Binghamton University; Binghamton, NY

Nov 13 & 17, 2019 – Keynote Conference on Democracy and Technology, Los Andes University; Santiago, Chile

November 21, 2019 – Public World Philosophy Day Lecture, North Carolina State University; Raleigh, NC

March 27, 2020 - Lecture, Georgia State University; Atlanta, GA

April 3, 2020 – Keynote for the Annual SJP Workshop on the Ethics of Big Data, The University of Memphis; Memphis, TN

Internet of Us
Internet of Us

"This book is both a treasure and a treatthat rare volume that is philosophically rich, politically relevant, and lyrically written." Eboo Patel, author of Out of Many Faiths

"A start and engaging critique of the tribal arrogance that's so common in contemporary life, by one of our leading public philosophers. Lynch has a lot of provocative ideasabout social media, the rise of Donald Trump, whether we have to listen to neo-Nazis, and much elseand his rich book is a delight to engage with." – Paul Bloom, Yale Professor of Psychology and author of Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

"Professor Lynch not only diagnoses the reasons for our current predicament but also suggests ways in which we can begin to challenge our tribal arrogance. Know-It-All Society is an important (and wonderfully readable) book." – David Demonds, Host of BBC's The Big Idea

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

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. Indeed, the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know, as well as how we interact with each other. And yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox: even as we know more, we seem to understand less.

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Fake News and the Internet Shell Game, NYTimes | The Stone


To solve our post-truth problem we have to admit we don’t know everything.

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