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

Michael Patrick Lynch is a writer and professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is the director of the Humanities Institute and executive director of the New England Humanities Consortium. 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 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

September 17, 2018 – Hartford, CT

September 24, 2018 – Institute of Philosophy, London

September 26, 2018 – Oxford University

October 19,2018 – Ohio State University

October 27, 2018 – SUNY Buffalo

November 9, 2018 – OZSW, Netherlands

November 13, 2018 – The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, CT

November 22 – 24, 2018 – Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

December 15, 2018 – Hartford, CT

January 31 – February 3, 2019 – St. Petersburg, FL

April 4 – 5, 2019 – University of Connecticut

April 6, 2019 – Dartmouth College

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.

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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