Head in the Cloud: Dispatches from a Post-Fact World

Author(s): William Poundstone

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Never before have we had so much information at our fingertips. You might think that we are better-informed than ever, but there's one thing we can't ask Google: 'What should I be googling?' The way we consume information in the digital age has been blamed for driving political polarisation and leaving us unable to agree on basic facts. It's also making us stupider. Personalised news feeds and social media echo chambers narrow our potential knowledge base. By now, we don't even know what we don't know. In Head in the Cloud, William Poundstone investigates the true worth of knowledge. An entertaining manifesto underpinned by big data analysis and illustrated by eye-opening anecdotes, it reveals the surprising benefits of broadening your horizons and provides an unnerving look at the consequences of being ill-informed.

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'Thought-provoking.' -- Tim Harford, Financial Times 'A lot of fun.' Book Riot 'True fact: people who read Poundstone's extraordinary books are smarter (and happier) than people who don't.' -- Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception 'Hilarious, humbling and brutally honest.' E&T Magazine

William Poundstone is the author of fourteen books, including the international bestseller Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? He lives in Los Angeles.

General Fields

  • : 9781786071156
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : June 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William Poundstone
  • : Paperback
  • : 303.4833
  • : 320
  • : 65 greyscale diagrams/illustrations