Head in the Cloud

Head in the Cloud

Why Knowing Things Still Matters When Facts Are So Easy to Look up

Book - 2016
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Looks at the state of knowledge in the American public, and demonstrates how many areas of knowledge correlate with quality of life, politics, and behavior, arguing that being knowledgeable has significant value even when facts can be looked up with little effort.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316256544
0316256544
9780316395069
0316395064
Branch Call Number: 306.4209 POUNDST
Characteristics: x, 340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Nov 05, 2018

The latest non-fiction book by one of my favorite authors. Perfect for the times.. explains what "fake news" really is, stories that are demonstrably false, but which are promoted by people with monetary clout who figure that the majority of people won't bother to know or look up the true facts. Furthermore, this book makes it clear that our society has been dumbed down by expecting to find everything on Google, Wikipedia etc. The problem Poundstone makes clear is that if people get lazy and look up *everything* that way, they lose context and are easily misled. People need a basis to their belief system independent of a search engine. It's called an education, and it is vital to our society that we don't minimize its value.

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