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Sharpen Your Skills: Raise Your Knowledge Quotient

The Big Idea for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Every second of every day, more data is being created than our minds can possibly process. Therein lies the great paradox of today's knowledge economy. Is it all just sound and fury, or can the increased speed of information actually lead to greater knowledge?

To answer that question, we need both filters to block out the garbage and curators to point us in the right direction. 

James Lawrence Powell is one of those curators who has exposed a whole cottage industry of pseudo-scientists who cherry-pick data or even spread deliberate falsehoods in order to undermine the global scientific consensus on climate change in his book The Inquisition of Climate Science.

And yet, the larger lesson Powell teaches us in his Big Think interview is that we need to develop our own ability to separate garbage from knowledge. In other words, you need to be "your own spam filter." 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Science or Spam?
    Daniel Honan Re-Envision
  2. 2 How Walmart Became a Catalyst for Change
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  3. 3 Why Americans Should Put More Scientists in the White House
    An Phung Think Tank
  4. 4 Response to James Inhofe's Statements to Rachel Maddow on Climate Shift Report
    Matthew C. Nisbet Age of Engagement
 

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