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."