Know-It-All Society by Michael P. Lynch

Know-It-All Society

Taking stock of our fragmented political landscape, Michael Patrick Lynch delivers a trenchant philosophical take on digital culture and its tendency to make us into dogmatic know-it-alls. The internet—where most shared news stories are not even read by the person posting them—has contributed to the rampant spread of “intellectual arrogance.” In this culture, we have come to think that we have nothing to learn from one another; we are rew...

Details Know-It-All Society

TitleKnow-It-All Society
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Sociology, Philosophy, Education, History, World History

Reviews Know-It-All Society

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    In parts philosophical, in parts political, in parts cognitive psychology and critical thinking. Mostly however it is about the everyday stance we take with our beliefs, convictions, knowledge, and humility in its limits. Of course, it is easy to see the flaws of your political opponents and get on one's high horse and cheerlead one's own tribe. It is easy to do that especially on social media. We all have convictions and our central political an...
  • Ryan Boissonneault
    If you had to summarize the main problem with our political culture in one sentence, you might borrow the line from Yeats that reads, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Or, if you prefer, you could go with Bertrand Russell's formulation: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.”Michael Lynch’s latest book is a timely elaboration on this ...
  • Peg
    No one likes a know-it-all. They can quickly turn a pleasant conversation into a tedious affair. Despite their annoying propensities, they remain relatively harmless. A know-it-all society, however, can be downright dangerous to the democratic fabric of the country. So says Michael Patrick Lynch in his slim yet deeply considered study of society’s growing problem of intellectual arrogance in Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political...
  • Andrew
    We are currently living in an age of extreme political polarization, where those on opposite sides of our political spectrum no longer trust those on the other side, and it seems that each side has its own, mutually exclusive, version of the truth. Many people point to a lack of civil discourse as feeding this polarization, but this book argues that the real roots are found in intellectual arrogance. The bulk of this book is devoted to explaining...
  • Csimplot Simplot
    Excellent book!!!!!
  • Huong
    Beautifully written. Clear explanation of patterns and political, historical causes of behaviors. A little hard to read for ones with limited political vocabulary.