What will happen to common knowledge in the future? I do think our ancestors had it easy: Aside from all the juicy bits of unshared gossip and some proprietary trade secrets and the like, people all knew pretty much the same things and knew that they knew the same things. There just wasn't that much to know. Won't people be able to create and exploit illusions of common knowledge in the future, virtual worlds in which people only think they are in touch with their cyberneighbors?
- Daniel C. Dennett, p. 192
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Thought For The Day 7-12-07
From the book What Is Your Dangerous Idea?