Urban Legends, Conspiracies, and Other Perversions of the Truth

The Absence of Common Sense

Technology now allows us to have the entire world’s knowledge literally in the palm of our hands. We can communicate anywhere in the world in an instant. We can attend great universities, concerts, churches, or symposiums without leaving our sofa. So what do we use this amazing resource for? Primarily broadcasting funny stories, tweeting about Lindsay Lohan’s latest exploits, and e-mailing pictures of our cat.

Perhaps I exaggerate, but only by a little bit. Our ability to communicate quickly has allowed us to dispense as much nonsense as knowledge. And, ...

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