A Wonderland of Disposable Facts

Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology 3 (1) (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Living in an economically developed country means being blessed and burdened with unprecedented access to information. We struggle to absorb and evaluate a cacophonic flow of information and are largely overwhelmed. Because that flow is unlikely to ebb, we are challenged to devise strategies to differentiate and manage the information. Yet we do not have the reliably stable world views that guided our ancestors and have not forged successor views that provide reliable criteria by which to evaluate the information thrust upon us.This paper's statement of the difficulties of evaluating information in the modern world is not an argument against facts. Nor is it a derivative argument against technology that is implicated in a casual explanation for the rapid turnover of facts. It is instead a caution about the difficulties of securing a firm grasp on the relevant facts when new facts, reduced to bloodless data points, steadily press upon us and facts, new and old, are routinely spun to promote an agenda.A noteworthy consideration in the devising of strategies to cope with this unsteady wonderland of facts is the recognition that the rapid evolution of technologies may predispose us to discard information before it is appropriately evaluated. Immersion in a technology-rich culture may inculcate habits that dull our evaluative capacities and mechanically displace information that has not been recently applied without regard to the quality of the information. We need to structure our mental filters and cultural dispositions to accommodate the volume and manipulation of facts in order to assure that the timeless facts are not expunged by neglect or disuse



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,247

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

After Alice: Alice and the Dry Tail.Dorothea Olkowski - 2008 - Deleuze and Guatarri Studies 2 (Suppl):107-122.
On Not Worshipping Facts.J. R. Lucas - 1958 - Philosophical Quarterly 8 (31):144-156.
Being Positive About Negative Facts.Mark Jago & Stephen Barker - 2012 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (1):117-138.
Aeneas in Wonderland.J. R. Bacon - 1939 - The Classical Review 53 (03):97-104.
Can There Be Brute, Contingent Moral Facts.John H. Dreher - 2002 - Philosophical Studies 108 (1-2):23 - 30.
Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland.George Gamow - 1940 - Cambridge: Eng., The University Press.
The Perennial Wonderland Revisited.Gerard Hinrichs - 1963 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):29-35.
If You Believe in Positive Facts, You Should Believe in Negative Facts.Gunnar Björnsson - 2007 - Hommage À Wlodek. Philosophical Papers Dedicated to Wlodek Rabinowicz.
Supervenience and (Non-Modal) Reductionism in Leibniz's Philosophy of Time.J. M. - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (4):793-810.


Added to PP

33 (#350,642)

6 months
1 (#415,205)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references