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Dislike, Unlike, Not Like… Sour Grapes

When I write something, I don’ really expect people to like it. If they like what I say, then maybe they might have thought of it by themselves anyway. In contrast, if they don’t like what I say, then they … Continue reading
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Pioneers, Revolutionaries, Contrarians and Consumers

I had a couple pretty bad days this week — one day was especially bad (I was crushed), and the the rest of the week was a very gradual improvement… to the point that I almost feel like I am … Continue reading
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Experience is retarded

I just read a great post by Jeremiah Owyang about “The Four Elements of Career Management in Business” — highly recommended, but I have some issues with it. First, the Founding Fathers had no experience in democracy. Neil Armstrong had … Continue reading
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Blogs vs. Magazines (?)

Those who are familiar with my research in the field of information science will know that a big part of it involved terms for document types (also known as “Form” and “Genre” in the field of archives management). These terms … Continue reading Continue reading

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When you were really looking into the people who are really good at distinguishing signal from noise, did you notice a pattern among the people who can do it and the people who seem terrible at it?

Nate Silver: There are characteristics. One of them is they tend to be multi-disciplinary. So instead of having one big theory, kind of capital T, that explains everything, then they throw a lot of different methods at a problem. They … Continue reading Continue reading

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More and more, people are taking up the challenge of connecting the dots; In doing so, they find they can address problems in more sensible ways — and achieve results

My friend Mark Junkunc shared an interesting article today; “Social Change’s Age of Enlightenment“. There are some issues I have with some of the finer points — for example, I think the proposition that data are “measurable” is somewhat overstated … Continue reading Continue reading

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Trusting Individual Humans vs. Trusting Natural Science

I have often been disappointed when trusting individual humans, but I have rarely — if ever — been disappointed when trusting natural science. And although it is a drastic oversimplification to say “individual humans are subjective” or “natural science is … Continue reading Continue reading

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My ambivalent feelings about Pascal

The other day I listened to a new short biographical sketch of the life of Blaise Pascal (which was made in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of his death [see “Der Todestag des französischen Mathematikers und Philosophen Blaise Pascal. 19. … Continue reading Continue reading

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How + Why it Helps to Become Cognizant of the Limits of Your Own Cognition

Today my mind was in a bit of a funk (see e.g. my previous post) — I have a hunch of what put me there, but never mind that. One thing that helped to get me out of it was … Continue reading Continue reading

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What is the difference between profanity and SEO?

First of all, let me point out that “search engine optimization” normally has very little (or nothing) to do with the optimization of search engines in general. It is a widely used misnomer — and what it really refers to … Continue reading Continue reading

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