Clive Thompson on How More Info Leads to Less Knowledge
What's going on? Normally, we expect society to progress, amassing deeper scientific understanding and basic facts every year. Knowledge only increases, right? Robert Proctor doesn't think so. A historian of science at Stanford, Proctor points out that when it comes to many contentious subjects, our usual relationship to information is reversed: Ignorance increases.
More accurate title: Robert Proctor on how lying asshats dilute the truth.