Head in the Cloud

Head in the Cloud

The Power of Knowledge in the Age of Google

Book - 2016
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What is the point of knowing anything when facts are so easy to look up? Just reach for your computer, tablet or mobile and ask the sky. We're living in the golden age of rational ignorance where more people know who Khloe Kardashian is than who René Descartes was and most of us can't name the largest ocean on the planet. Yet the latest research indicates that the better informed are healthier, happier and often dramatically wealthier. The author conducts a hilarious and humbling investigation into the true worth of knowledge. What does it tell you, for example, when those who can pinpoint a country on a map are less likely to favour invading it? Underpinned by big data analysis and illustrated with eye-opening anecdotes, Poundstone's Head in the Cloud is an entertaining manifesto on the surprising benefits of broadening your horizons, as well as a warning of the dangers of an ill-informed electorate.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications, London : 2016
ISBN: 9781786070135
Branch Call Number: ANF 306.420973 POUN
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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LoganLib_JennyI Mar 20, 2017

Well written, funny and scary book. What stuff should we know? What stuff is okay not to know because we can Google it?
What are the consequences of only reading/viewing things that we like and should we believe the things we read/see anyway?
Very interesting food for thought...


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LoganLib_JennyI Mar 20, 2017

Well written, funny and scary book. What stuff should we know? What stuff is okay not to know because we can Google it?
What are the consequences of only reading/viewing things that we like and should we believe the things we read/see anyway?
Very interesting food for thought...

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