November 30, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Lecture sponsor: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation (http://www.iidi.napier.ac.uk/)
In this era of smartphones and endless connectivity, we can’t seem to get ‘too much information’. Yet equally, many academics and pundits have long warned of ‘information overload’. I shall argue that the polarity is itself not new. Indeed, what we value in information as ‘knowledge’ has always required a selective reproduction process, in which information is systematically discarded and altered. In this respect, the difference between ‘error’, ‘distortion’, ‘clarification’ and sheer ‘originality’ is simply a feature of how this selective reproduction process works in particular societies. Put bluntly, one society’s fraud may well turn out to be another society’s genius. However, insofar as we increasingly live an interconnected world in which everyone is supposedly reliant on the ‘same’ information, what should we make of this fact?
Dr. Steve Fuller
Professor Steve Fuller is the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick, UK. Originally trained in history and philosophy of science (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1985), he founded the interdisciplinary research programme of ‘social epistemology’ with a quarterly journal by that name (Routledge, 1987- ) and the first of his 21 books (Indiana University Press, 1988). His most recent book is Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History (Routledge, 2015). Fuller has published widely across the humanities and social sciences, and his works have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has given around 500 talks in over 30 countries to a variety of academic and non-academic audiences, and for the past six years has featured at the UK’s ‘How the Light Gets In Festival’, the world’s largest public event dedicated to philosophy. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fuller received a D.Litt. from the University of Warwick in 2007 for sustained lifelong contributions to scholarship. In addition, Fuller was Visiting Professor at the UCLA School of Library and Information Science in 2003, and is the author of the ‘Social Epistemology’ entry of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.
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