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data isn’t king
May 13, 2011, 2:51 pm
Filed under: Experience

My inexhaustible crush on Jonathan Harris continues:

Data is extremely limited in what in can say about life.  There is a popular belief nowadays that roughly goes, “Give me enough data, and then I will understand.” This is only true for certain kinds of superficial insights.  There are other deeper, more essential and ineffable insights, which have to do with the heart and soul of things, and you will never find these hiding in data.  They are to be found only through personal experience, solitude, and contemplation

I’d have to agree with Mr Shirky that we don’t have an information problem but I’m not sure that answer is merely filtering. It’s what you do with it that counts.


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