Behavior of Behavior

My last post discussed my disapproval of describing behavior as analogous to a computer program.   In particular, that post focused on the idea that behavior is inherited, and thus somehow must be encoded in DNA, and thus DNA includes instructions for behavior in addition to blueprints for building proteins.    I accept that there…

Dark Data: Who is tipping smart cars?

In big data, the discoveries are little things that catch our attention.    This is much like scanning the daily news and spotting a story that catches your attention.   It is a little extreme to compare big data analysis with reading the morning newspaper, but there are parallels. The amount of fresh content available…

Role for Forbidden Data

Many of my earlier discussions about data science focused on dark data as deserving continuous scrutiny.  Today I want to talk more about the idea of forbidden data.   Like dark data, it has a valuable role in data science, but it also deserves continuous scrutiny. I described dark data as something we invent to…

Thinking dark things

Cosmology has a little problem with their math.  The amount of known mass falls short of what can explain the motions in galaxies.  The amount of known energy falls short of what can explain the accelerating expansion of the universe. The answer is dark matter and dark energy.  Dark simply means it is unknown.  I…

What makes data possible

In an earlier article I was thinking about the meaning of nothingness that separates the particles inside an atom or that separates celestial bodies.   It occurs to me now that maybe they may not be the same kind of nothingness.  Thinking about nothingness turns it into something and that makes possible the idea that that…