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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

by David Weinberger

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Technology. Nonfiction. HTML: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 connec… (more)

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"Knowledge now is the unshaped web of connections within which expressions of ideas live." page 118;
"paper based citations... nails" "hyperlinks...invitations" page 113
"Network decision-making" pages 168-171 "scales better" "excels when decisions require a great deal of local knowledge" "motivate people" "more local knowledge can be applied" makes me wonder if the world of education could be improved with that strategy instead of the top down decisions made by politicians, implemented at the state level and then shoved on down the hierarchy to the LEAs. ( )
  pollycallahan | Jul 1, 2023 |
No great discoveries here, but a consistently interesting look at the impact of the internet on knowledge. ( )
  AlexThurman | Dec 26, 2021 |
I wasn't terribly impressed by this book, although it may have been due to the fact that I've read a number of books about information and knowledge over the past few years, many of which he cites. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I finished this on the plane heading into LA. I really, really enjoyed reading the book, but it is going to take me quite a bit of time to unpack it. I was surprised that its reviews were so mixed. It did not suffer from the flaws attributed to it, I thought. Instead, I think the reviewers were expecting it to put forward a particular kind of argument that Weinberger declined (wisely, IMHO) to engage in.

Epistemologically speaking, Weinberger just assumes that the critiques raised by continental thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Foucault have been shown to be justified. His critics seem to want him to rehash and re-argue these critiques. Instead of doing this, Weinberger points to new ways data is being stored and new ways that people are creating knowledge out of these data as examples of how these critiques do a better job of explaining knowledge in today's contexts than do uncritical correspondence theories of truth or the idea that science is a mirror of nature. (I can see how readers who do not share an enthusiasm for continental philosophy and Pragmatism might find this assumption abrupt, but I would have found yet another rehash of that argument tedious and unnecessary.)

I've too much to say to put into this Goodreads review, but I hope to have a more thorough one up at informationgames.info in the near future. ( )
  nnschiller | Sep 18, 2014 |
An easy read about the new nature of knowing in the hyperlinked age, but none of the conclusions are very profound. I did like some of the examples and especially the advocacy of open access publishing and publishing unfiltered "rough drafts" in science. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Jul 21, 2013 |
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In his 1988 presidential address to the International Society for General Systems Research, Russell Ackoff, a leading organizational theorist, sketched a pyramid that has probably been redrawn on a white board somewhere in the world every hour since.
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Among all the opinions spouted, the subset that counts as knowledge consists of the ones that not only are true but also are believed for justifiable reasons.
(ideas to ideas, people to ideas, people to people)
The Internet represents the ascension of yahoos, a victory lap for plagiarists, the end of culture, the beginning of a dark ages inhabited by glassy-eyed chronic masturbators who judge truth by the number of thumbs up, wisdom by the number of views, and knowledge by whatever is the most fun to believe.
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Technology. Nonfiction. HTML: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 connec

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