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Mark Pagel, Mark Plotkin etc

Knowledge and information : the potential and peril of human intelligence

We have come a long way from the religions, myths and foundation stories that created the bedrock of man s early understanding of the world and everything in it, and our stock of knowledge has increased exponentially in recent times. In this volume leading scholars in the arts and sciences discuss how knowledge and information have been preserved and transferred throughout history, bringing us up to today s digital age and the multiple challenges it presents, not least with regard to our personal data. Amid growing tension between a cognitive elite and those who feel excluded from public discourse and decision making, alongside increasing friction in academia over freedom of interpretation and expression, will our information society turn out to be an era of enlightenment or are we entering a new dark age for knowledge?

  • ISBN: 9789189069619
  • Published: 2021-03-04
  • Illustrated. 175x250x37 mm. 345 pages.


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and Director of Civilisation Studies at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.


Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist’s political editor and writes the Bagehot column.

Andrew Keen is a British-American entrepreneur and author, who earned a master's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of the online magazine, Spiked, and a regular writer for the Sun and the Spectator.

Christopher Coker is director of LSE IDEAS, a foreign policy think tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Claire Lehmann is a writer and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Quillette, which she founded in 2015.

David Goodhart is a journalist and author and is head of the demography unit at the Policy Exchange think tank.

Elisabeth Kendall is senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Erica Benner is a political philosopher who has held academic posts at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford; the London School of Economics and Yale University.

Fraser Nelson is a leading British journalist and commentator.

Gill Bennett is a former chief historian of the British government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office and senior editor of the UK’s official history of British foreign policy, Documents on British Policy Overseas.

Iain Martin is a British political commentator and author.

Janne Haaland Matláry is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Command and Staff College.

Jessica Frazier is a lecturer at Oxford University and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

Dr John Hemming was director of the Royal Geographical Society in London for twenty-one years.

M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. is a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies and director of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco.

Maria Borelius is a science journalist, author and entrepreneur.

Mariano Sigman is director of the Neuroscience Laboratory at the Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires.

Mark Pagel is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Reading, head of the university’s Evolutionary Biology Group and a fellow of the Royal Society.

Dr Mark Plotkin has led the Amazon Conservation Team and guided its vision since 1996, when he co-founded the organization.

Martin Ingvar is Professor of Integrative Medicine at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience and director of the MR Center at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Michael Goodman is Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School.

Nathan Shachar studied Arabic, philosophy and Spanish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Nicholas Carr is a writer on technology and culture who received the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association in 2015.

Peter Burke was Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge from 1979 to 2004, and he remains a life fellow of Emmanuel College.

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at the University of Oxford, where he is Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and a senior research fellow at Worcester College.
Richard Miles is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology and Vice Provost at the University of Sydney.

Simon Mayall is a retired British Army officer who most recently served as senior Middle East adviser for the UK’s Ministry of Defence and was the Prime Minister’s security envoy to Iraq after the fall of Mosul.

Suzana Herculano-Houzel is Associate Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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