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    nmw 16:58:00 on 2016/06/13 Permalink
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    The Big Data Rationality of Large Numbers: Quantitative Statistics + Fanatical Delusions 

    There are virtually innumerable fans of so-called „big data“. Countless fanatics of this quasi-scientific method will swear on a stack of bibles that if you count anything – it really doesn’t matter what, as that minute detail will certainly „emerge“ from the data itself – you will be rewarded with insights beyond your wildest dreams. Such descendents of bean-counters from previous centuries have moved on to grains of sand, dust particles, the colors of a beautiful sunset, whatever.

    These people may strongly believe in science – without actually understanding much about scientific methods.

    There seems to be a link between such lacking understanding and fanaticism. Let’s go back to one of the greatest leaders of fanatical movements ever: Adolf Hitler was probably one of the most (if not even the most) quintessial dictators of all times. I think what many people overlook, though, in this example is not that he was able to mesmerize such humungous masses, but rather how the masses let themselves become mesmerized.

    Fans follow leaders (perhaps they should instead watch the parking meters 😉 ). There is a sort of quirky rationality to this behavior: When fans follow their leader, they apparently feel they no longer have to think themselves… – they simply accept whatever their leader says (i.e., dictates). This saves energy, because thinking can be quite difficult. Not thinking is easier than thinking.

    The important takeaway is this: If people feel able to let someone else do the thinking, they seem very willing to do so. One way they feel able to enable a dictator to think for them is if / when other people seem to approve of the dictator. Other people’s approval of a dictator seems to make it „OK“ to let the dictator do as he / she pleases… – whether the dictator is a politician, a celebrity, a brand name, or anything anyone happens to be a fan (i.e., a fanatical follower) of.

    When popular brand names such as Google or Facebook sell „big data“, of course they tell naive and innocent consumers a story about how important big data is in order for consumers to be able to find leaders. What they don’t tell such consumers (as those people who are willing to believe this story) is that the „big data“ plans are actually all about tracking consumer behavior. What they don’t tell advertisers is that the consumer behavior they track actually isn’t actually a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but merely a fanatical delusion hardly worth any more than a single grain of sand.

     
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    feedwordpress 07:28:42 on 2013/03/20 Permalink
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    Happy Coalition of the Willing Day! 

    Today marks the 10th Anniversary of one of the darkest days in modern history — and I am glad that is 10 years behind us.

    The other day, a friend of mine noted another 10th Anniversary, one that I am sad that is also over: Pierre Omidyar’s omidyar.net community project. This was an online melting pot of people trying to improve the world in different ways. Sue Braiden wrote a very good column about it years ago: “Can Social Networking Heal the World?” She also mentioned my opinion — namely that money is probably not the (only, or a “sufficient”) solution to many of the world’s issues.

    There were a lot very smart people, and also people with a lot of expertise with group behavior, and most people — perhaps even everyone besides Pierre himself — were very disappointed that the project was terminated.

    Since then, I have often wondered what it would require to build such a project. Today, technology has advanced so far that many of the technological features could be replicated at little or even no cost whatsoever.

    But there are still 2 things I feel have not improved much in the past decade — and perhaps these are also some of the hurdles that have prevented something like this appearing again.

    First, the “critical mass” phenomenon is still alive and well. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can do it yourself — you can’t. Terrorists can blow themselves up, and deranged people can murder other people by themselves… and newspapers and other mainstream media will turn these morons into global icons, but I would hardly call that something to be proud of. Most projects with the aim of improving something in the world require group collaboration — and starting without a supportive circle (usually based on trusted and trusting friends) is doomed to failure — at least in something like 99.9% of cases.

    The other issue that has not changed is the idolatry of individualism propagated by mass media. Unless — as even Dr. Seuss put it — unless someone has the courage to stand up against such anti-social competitive mantras as are widespread in the most popular circles of propaganda (e.g. facebook, twitter, the New York Times and similar retard media), there is little hope that anything will change.

    Then again: I might be wrong, and/or there might be other issues that continue to prevent “a better world” from happening — what do you think?

     
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