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Daniel Bell Gen-ed 111 Information is all around us more than ever before. The book “ Glut ” by Alex Wright attempts to clarify where this information essentially came from. He believes that knowledge and information, and the way in which we organize it, are hard wired into us. Through his book he gives several examples from various fields of study. After reading this work I came to realize what the main idea Wright was exploring was closer to how the internet is a culmination of events that have been going on since the beginning of recorded information. In other words the internet is kind of an ultimate form of an evolution of information that has been going on for a long time. One of the reoccurring themes in Wright’s book is taxonomies. He sees them as humans need to organize the world around them. He first references folk taxonomies in the first few pages of the first chapter, “This all encompassing system equipped the Zunis with a taxonomy of the natural world…”(Wright 2007). He references taxonomies several other times but not as detailed as when he writes on Aristotle’s Great Chain of Being “Aristotle’s categories would cast a long shadow over the subsequent development of the western intellectual tradition” (Wright
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course GENED 111 taught by Professor Faunce during the Spring '08 term at Washington State University .

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