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    In the Era of Data, We Don’t Know the Facts

    Can we handle the truth? A new book by philosopher Michael Lynch, The Internet of Us, asks readers to imagine a world where smart phones stream information directly into our brains, the implants eventually fail, and we can no longer distinguish fact from fiction. He insists it’s not far off, as “facts” are replaced by downloaded “data,” candidates shout “liar!” and the truth is measured by whose websites voters believe. Unless Americans wrest responsibility for their beliefs back from search engines, Lynch argues, they will surrender reason, along with their republic.

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