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
Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker ... if you know ho ...more
This is a rambling, discursive, facile presentatiοn. But what is it really meant to be? A meditation? A sales document? A popularised academic dissertation? It has lots of jargon like ‘long-form thinking’, and ‘book-shaped knowledge’ that suggest it is meant to be hip, the latest thing (in 2010) in intellectual cool. But its contribution to what it claims as its territory - epistemology - is difficult to detect.
The book starts by quoting the former business guru, Russell Ac ...more
Now I've read a little of philosophy: I can recognize a bunch of the Greeks and maybe make a lame ham-fisted explanation of one or two, but the real thing I learned from my reading ...more
Here's the problem. I don't think anyone will dispute that reaching out the ...more
What most impresses me about Weinberger's approach is his clear confidence in the importance of these issues coupled with a conscious ...more
In Too Big to Know, David Weinberger is essentially saying, "Listen, folks, I've read a few articles, and boy do you need to hear what I've learned!" I kept waiting for something from Weinberger's own experience or expertise to rise up and take its place in the book, but it never seemed to. Rather, he relies on other books on similar topics, and on information he found online. He did a few interviews, but they add little to his argument.
His argument is that the very idea of knowledge is changing...more
Yes, having all knowledge available in our pockets changes everything, changes what knowing means and whether it matters. This 2011 book feels rather timeless, and also most timely. Notes that Carl Sunstein in 2001 predicts echo chambers ...more
Report on "Too Big to Know" lecture by Weinberger at UC Berkeley School of Information: http://nyti.ms/tKdVgg
“Newspapers, encyclopedias, they are just gone, at the touch of a hyperlink,” Mr. Weinberger said. The institutions of “education and politics – they’ll just shatter. How did they get to be so fragile?” With the pained glee of a scientist discovering very bad news, he added, ...more
"Life is local. Without the local, we would have no standpoint by which to make sense of the world near us or the world within wh ...more
I'm immediately starting the second read of this book while I try to assemble the ideas in my head.
According to Weinberger, most of us tend to think that there are certain individuals — called experts — who are kn ...more
David Weinberger is a writer, philosopher, marketing consultant, professional speaker and teacher with a Ph.D from the University of Toronto. He taught college for several years in the 1980s. ...more
Some years ago, I read Nicholas Carr’s The Big Switch, though I think he is better known for his book The Shallows. Weinberger’s book is in the same topical vicinity as those, but Wei ...more