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Morozov I 265
Theories/Knowledge/Weinberger/Morozov: for Weinberger, the assertion that 75% of people who like ((s) the TV series) "Mad Men" also like "Breaking Bad" is revolutionary because it is "theory-free", unlike Darwin's theory of evolution. (1)
MorozovVsWeinberger: such "theory-free" knowledge has a long tradition: market research, census, surveys; people fill in questionnaires, now online as well - but is that revolutionary? Is that the kind of knowledge that cures cancer?
Weinberger may be right that there is no hypothesis here, but there is no presumption at all.


1. David Weinberger, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now that the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (New York: Basic Books, 2012), 35. I’ve discussed Weinberger’s claims about Hunch in my review of his book: Evgeny Morozov, “What Lies Beneath,” The Daily, January 1, 2012, http:// www.thedaily.com/ page/ 2012/ 01/ 01/ 010112-opinions-books-weinberger-morozov-1– 3.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Weinberg I
David Weinberger
Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room New York 2011

Morozov I
Evgeny Morozov
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism New York 2014


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