Conversing using data

I enjoyed the preparatory work of arranging data into a presentable form. The surprise was when I was then put in a position to present this to a critical audience. I accidentally experience the ability to handle surprising questions. I was addicted. The addiction was to the conversation. The conversation happened to involve the language of data, a vast collection of individual datum.

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Discourse between analysis, synthesis, and observation

The important thing is to keep the government in the business of solving problems it discovers. Government funded science is serving this need by providing the new problems to solve and the new solutions that would solve them. Meanwhile, there exists other science by concerned scientists who are not funded directly by government. If this outside science contradicts the government, then we dismiss that science as misinformation because it did not come from government.

Negative level autism

In context of distinguishing bright data of observations from the dark data of theory, I should categorize the existence of a scale itself to be a form of dark data. For a purely data driven decision making, it may be beneficial to prefer finding and defining clusters or categories instead of scales.

The risk of remembering the past

For COVID19 crisis, remembering the relevant past includes remembering the lessons of the 1918 pandemic.   What exactly are we supposed to learn from this past?   A lot of people lost their lives prematurely due to lack of government shutdown of local commerce.   A decade of widespread enjoyment of good living occurred because the government did not interfere with the economy in its response to the pandemic.

COVID19: Exposing Science

We live an era of rapid succession of new challenges and opportunities as humanity continues to progress to a more capable population.   There is no time to waste on clinging to old theories merely out of respect to the past science. We need a government that reinvigorates the true science of the activity of figuring out new truths of the current world based on recent measurements that our predecessors never encountered.

An upper limit to the number of vaccines

Vaccination works by using the body’s natural immune response systems.   The history of the evolution is that any particular individual would only encounter a few viruses that it would need to find an immune response to.   We should worry that there is an upper limit of the number of immunities that the body can have at the same time.

Missing data: taking looks seriously

Looks do matter a lot in social and professional success.   What really matters is that our looks match our personalities and aptitudes.   Many of us do not live up to our appearances.   We can try to compensate with changing things we can control, but we can not escape the messages sent by our height, our skeleton, and especially our facial features.   The alternative is to work on our personality, changing it to match what people expect from our features.   Many of us do that, but we never convince ourselves so it is always an act, and that act will eventually be exposed for what it is, leaving us where we started, alone.    

Automation needs data analyst monitors

Automation is needed for the operations productivity, but it adds new labor burdens on humans whose incentive of self-protection from automation drives him to pay attention to the credibility of the sensors in terms of correspondence to what it is supposedly measuring.   The problem might be solved by live streaming of sensor observations of physical world back to some operations control center where a small staff can monitor all currently operating systems.   This would require a data network to handle the data traffic in an timely manner, but I believe this is the right solution if it is feasible.   Such as center would validate each sensor’s information against all information about the aircraft’s environment, and they would have the means to directly initiate the process to remove the bad sensor and mitigate its subsequent absence.   Such a system also would allow the periodic review of more detailed sensor data collected from all operations to find anomalies that would identify the misbehaving automation, flagging it for engineering or certification review.

Three dimensional time

Time, as we experience it, has different components sharing a common unit (such as seconds).   There is the scientific time that is analytic in a way that makes possible mechanistic models that are very successful at modeling the physical world.  There is the historic time that allows for growing intelligence made possible by the additional evidence that comes inevitably from the passage of time.   For intelligence to act upon the physical (mechanistic) world to exercise a free will, there is a component of time required for persuasion through some process that allows for selecting the opportunities presented by the otherwise indifferent physical world.