cultivating & crashing

an organic collection of notes, observations, and thoughts

Tag: data

FYI

Large open datasets on ageing

Information v. wisdom

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.

E.O. Wilson

Also of note recently

DataBlog, by the Guardian

Gun control by state, by the Globe and Mail

Beautiful pictures of the universe, by Slate

Finals

Tuesday I had an exam on the Hebrew Bible. Thursday I had a calculus exam. Last night I submitted a demography paper on immigration in Canada (based on this interactive infographic by the Globe and Mail—I showed it to my prof and she liked it so much she decided to have the class write a paper about it). Monday my final project for integrated project design is due. This semester has been incredibly intense, but I have to say that I am really happy about the courses I’ve taken and the things that I’ve learned. Demography and calculus especially. (I wonder what my liberal artsy,sixteen-year-old self would have thought if someone told her I would be into cal and statistics eight years later.)

I recently found this blog about data journalism and visualization, which is published by the Guardian. The tagline is “Facts are sacred”. Need I say more?

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The above graph above is from a visualization of what people die of in the world. Click to expand it, and visit the site to generate different tables with the same data.

In other news, the United States is a more stratified version of Mad Max and no one is going to do anything about it because guns are patriotic. I think the most compelling argument for the idea that we will in a post-modern world is the fact that science and rational knowledge are so absent from most people’s thinking. Diderot is turning in his grave.