Holding dark data accountable

The biggest failing of science in the current COVID situation is its inability to react to new evidence that its original conclusions were wrongly decided, and the assurances to governments were incompetent.   We implicitly accept that any initial science-based decisions attains some law-like status that is automatically presumed to be true until there is overwhelming evidence that it is wrong.   In particular, such decision making does not permit a simple apology for making a mistake following new data that clearly disproves the original science. 

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.

Pandemic of Dark Data

Perhaps the real agent behind this pandemic is science itself.   Given a sufficiently dire circumstance, science can shut down our natural defenses of critically thinking about observations we can clearly see.   Science tells us that if this is the disease it warned us would come, then we have no choice but place all trust on science at the expense of paying attention to what we are seeing.

Masters of Ignorance: effective data analysis

We should study observations separately from derivations from theories.   The deliberately ignorant takes the position that data is superior to science.   There is a valid place for the deliberately ignorant when included in teams with domain experts representing each of the relevant scientific disciplines.   In order to work, the deliberately ignorant needs to be skilled at his craft of being ignorant in the right way to propel the team towards a new solution without annoying everyone to the point of being expelled.

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.

Dark Data is worse than No Data

In my last post, I suggested we may be making an error by assuming a norm of a steady cash flow from stable employment.  In particular, that lower income people may be making a rational decision to avoid making an annual commitment to a set premium for health insurance.    Some people live in constant…

On keeping Anti-Science out of schools

Many of my earlier posts extrapolate from my experiences as a self-described data-scientist.    Another way to describe these posts as viewing the world through my internal biases of seeing everything as just data. In some posts I suggest that the entire universe appears nothing more than a one-dimensional line of data.   Other posts…

Really? Gravitational Waves

Yesterday there was some announcement about some proof of gravitational waves predicted by Einstein.  It is amusing to see the jubilation about the discovery as being far more encompassing than it is. Of all the ways gravitational waves are proposed to be generated, this study focused on just one: waves created during the first infinitesimal…