Unlocking the awesome epistemic potential of the Internet will require disentangling it from its equally awesome risks.

A Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet, c. 3100–2900 BCE. Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Historically, technological advances have been epistemically advantageous, often allowing knowledge to spread further and faster, to more people, while reducing the cost of acquiring true beliefs. Such advances and inventions have greatly affected the course of human history, cementing the legacy of their creators in the process.

The earliest civilizations, those that emerged in Mesopotamia, Egypt and China roughly 5,000 years ago, were marked by their widespread use of the first writing systems. The intimate entwinement of this technology — used to record…

Hussain Khalil

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