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You are leaking data, and absorbing it, says Yale historian Timothy Snyder. But for whose benefit?
- It's naive to think that data automatically produces knowledge, says Yale historian Timothy Snyder.
- Data scientists should study the humanities to see the world more clearly, and gain the wisdom to wield data.
- Perhaps the next basic civil right in the U.S. should be controlling your own data, and having basic access to easily understood facts.
Is there an arc to history? The danger that we’re in right now in the U.S. is that we’re shifting from a politics of inevitability to a politics of eternity, which affects how we view history, believes historian Timothy Snyder.
Is there an arc to history? The danger that we’re in right now in the U.S. is that we’re shifting from a politics of inevitability to a politics of eternity, believes historian Timothy Snyder. That means whether we want to or not, America is moving squarely back into history, when anything can happen. Europe too has its own politics of inevitability to deal with, as the idea of the European Union implies believing in history that simply never happened.
Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of On Tyranny, Black Earth, and Bloodlands. His work has received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Snyder's most recent book is The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America.