Does knowledge matter in the age of Google?

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JIM CURRAN
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Does knowledge matter in the age of Google?

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:25 am

Does knowledge matter in the age of Google?
There are drawbacks to outsourcing our memory and knowledge to the internet, says William Poundstone

I found that there are correlations between general knowledge and behaviour, political views and even socially responsible choices. One dilemma I posed was: would you throw your pet off a cliff for £1 million?

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About 7% of the British public said yes. But the percentage was double that among those who scored poorly on a quiz of general knowledge. The less informed are either greedier or less kind to animals.

In the same survey, those who didn’t know which document King John signed in 1215 were far more likely to say that people should be able to smoke in pubs. Those who can’t name their MP tend to say it’s OK for a business to post fake online reviews under a false name. Those who believe that early humans coexisted with dinosaurs are more likely to refuse to vaccinate their children for measles, mumps, and rubella.

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Re: Does knowledge matter in the age of Google?

Post by kenm » Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:14 am

JIM CURRAN wrote:Does knowledge matter in the age of Google?
There are drawbacks to outsourcing our memory and knowledge to the internet, says William Poundstone
The internet is not Google nor is the World Wide Web. A small fraction of what Google finds is peer-reviewed and a substantial fraction of peer-reviewed papers are available on the WWW only as abstracts or for purchase. However, within a discipline, the internet is a transforming tool, the availability of which seems to be modifying the attitudes of researchers away from competition and towards cooperating teams.
Those who believe that early humans coexisted with dinosaurs are more likely to refuse to vaccinate their children for measles, mumps, and rubella.
A Google search on "dinosaur men OR human" produced, as its first result,

"Men and Dinosaurs Coexisted ... Dinosaurs are often portrayed as having lived in a time before man. ... Jungle-Covered Ruins May Hold Surprising Hints · Possible Human Artifact Found in Coal · Scientists Late to Recognize Human and Giant ..."

from the Institute for Creation Research: a typical trap for the gullible Google user.
"... the innovator has as enemies all those who have done well under the old regime, and only lukewarm allies among those who may do well under the new." Niccolo Macchiavelli, "The Prince", Chapter 6

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