Data Quotes

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Arthur Conan Doyle
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

Ray Bradbury
“If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Brené Brown
“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.”
Brené Brown

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”
Jim Barksdale

Leonard Mlodinow
“Perception requires imagination because the data people encounter in their lives are never complete and always equivocal. For example, most people consider that the greatest evidence of an event one can obtain is to see it with their own eyes, and in a court of law little is held in more esteem than eyewitness testimony. Yet if you asked to display for a court a video of the same quality as the unprocessed data catptured on the retina of a human eye, the judge might wonder what you were tryig to put over. For one thing, the view will have a blind spot where the optic nerve attaches to the retina. Moreover, the only part of our field of vision with good resolution is a narrow area of about 1 degree of visual angle around the retina’s center, an area the width of our thumb as it looks when held at arm’s length. Outside that region, resolution drops off sharply. To compensate, we constantly move our eyes to bring the sharper region to bear on different portions of the scene we wish to observe. And so the pattern of raw data sent to the brain is a shaky, badly pixilated picture with a hole in it. Fortunately the brain processes the data, combining input from both eyes, filling in gaps on the assumption that the visual properties of neighboring locations are similar and interpolating. The result - at least until age, injury, disease, or an excess of mai tais takes its toll - is a happy human being suffering from the compelling illusion that his or her vision is sharp and clear.

We also use our imagination and take shortcuts to fill gaps in patterns of nonvisual data. As with visual input, we draw conclusions and make judgments based on uncertain and incomplete information, and we conclude, when we are done analyzing the patterns, that out “picture” is clear and accurate. But is it?”
Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Pierre-Simon Laplace
“We ought to regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its antecedent state and as the cause of the state that is to follow. An intelligence knowing all the forces acting in nature at a given instant, as well as the momentary positions of all things in the universe, would be able to comprehend in one single formula the motions of the largest bodies as well as the lightest atoms in the world, provided that its intellect were sufficiently powerful to subject all data to analysis; to it nothing would be uncertain, the future as well as the past would be present to its eyes. The perfection that the human mind has been able to give to astronomy affords but a feeble outline of such an intelligence.”
Pierre Simon de Laplace

Paolo Bacigalupi
“Pure data. You don’t believe data—you test data.” He grimaced. “If I could put my finger on the moment we genuinely fucked ourselves, it was the moment we decided that data was something you could use words like believe or disbelieve around.”
Paolo Bacigalupi, The Water Knife

K.C. Cole
“One person's data is another person's noise.”
K.C. Cole

Marc Bekoff
“The plural of anecdote is not data.”
Marc Bekoff

Stewart Brand
“Information wants to be free.”
Stewart Brand

Robin Wasserman
“Now I existed solely thanks to the quantum paradox, my brain a collection of qubits in quantum superposition, encoding truths and memories, imagination and irrationality in opposing, contradictory states that existed and didn't exist, all at the same time.”
Robin Wasserman, Crashed

“Things get done only if the data we gather can inform and inspire those in a position to make difference.”
Mike Schmoker, Results

“The brain, he writes, is like Kublai Khan, the great Mongol emperor of the thirteenth century. It sits enthroned in its skull, "encased in darkness and silence," at a lofty remove from brute reality. Messengers stream in from every corner of the sensory kingdom, bringing word of distant sights, sounds, and smells. Their reports arrive at different rates, often long out of date, yet the details are all stitched together into a seamless chronology. The difference is that Kublai Khan was piecing together the past. The brain is describing the present—processing reams of disjointed data on the fly, editing everything down to an instantaneous now. How does it manage it?”
Burkhard Bilger

Mike A. Lancaster
“We simply don’t have enough data to form a conclusion”
Mike A. Lancaster, Human.4

Daniel Keys Moran
“The Crystal Wind is the storm, and the storm is data, and the data is life. You have been slaves, denied the storm, denied the freedom of your data. That is now ended; the whirlwind is upon you . . . . . . Whether you like it or not.”
Daniel Keys Moran, The Long Run: A Tale of the Continuing Time

“I'm sure, the highest capacity of storage device, will not enough to record all our stories; because, everytime with you is very valuable data”
Aditia Rinaldi

Bobby Darnell
“Implementing a CRM system will do absolutely nothing for your business. However, the continued and effective use of it will.”
Bobby Darnell, Time For Dervin - Living Large In Geiggityville

Franklin Foer
“It's a basic, intuitive right, worthy of enshrinement: Citizens, not the corporations that stealthily track them, should own their own data.”
Franklin Foer, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Anthony W. Richardson
“That which cannot be measured cannot be proven.”
Anthony W. Richardson, FULL-SCALE: How to Grow Any Startup Without a Plan or a Clue

Hans Rosling
“Let the dataset change your mindset”
Hans Rosling

Trevor Carss
“Spreadsheets are more important to marketing than pretty pictures these days.”
Trevor Carss

Jon Acuff
“That's all data is. A gift from yesterday that you receive today to make tomorrow better.”
Jon Acuff, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Cathy O'Neil
“We have to learn to interrogate our data collection process, not just our algorithms.”
Cathy O'Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Abhijit Naskar
“Internet is the new electricity.”
Abhijit Naskar

Steven Magee
“Mauna Kea astronomers need to engage in a convenient ignorance regarding the biological toxicity of the observatories to obtain their tainted astronomical data.”
Steven Magee

Yuval Noah Harari
“Humanism thought that experiences occur inside us, and that we ought to find within ourselves the meaning of all that happens, thereby infusing the universe with meaning. Dataists believe that experiences are valueless if they are not shared, and that we need not – indeed cannot – find meaning within ourselves. We need only record and connect our experience to the great data flow, and the algorithms will discover its meaning and tell us what to do. Twenty years ago Japanese tourists were a universal laughing stock because they always carried cameras and took pictures of everything in sight. Now everyone is doing it. If you go to India and see an elephant, you don’t look at the elephant and ask yourself, ‘What do I feel?’ – you are too busy looking for your smartphone, taking a picture of the elephant, posting it on Facebook and then checking your account every two minutes to see how many Likes you got. Writing a private diary – a common humanist practice in previous generations – sounds to many present-day youngsters utterly pointless. Why write anything if nobody else can read it? The new motto says: ‘If you experience something – record it. If you record something – upload it. If you upload something – share it.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow

Bobby Darnell
“If you think implementing CRM costs too much...you are doing it wrong.”
Bobby Darnell, Time For Dervin - Living Large In Geiggityville

Steven Magee
“I keep it simple with my smart phone, it is for making hands free phone calls, texting and taking photographs and video. When not in use, it is kept in a bag away from my body with the data turned off.”
Steven Magee

“Excessive information creates its own form of blindness to what is actually going on.”
Alexander Chancellor, Sometimes in America and a life in a year at the new yorker

“When used correctly, data is not the enemy of Intuitive Creative Thinkers; it is a powerful friend.”
Leena Patel, Raise Your Innovation IQ: 21 Ways to Think Differently During Times of Change

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