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

Siddhartha Mukherjee
“In God we trust. All others [must] have data. - Bernard Fisher”
Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Piketty
“Paradoxically, the sources available today (in the era of big data) are less precise than those that were available a century ago due to the internationalization of wealth, the proliferation of tax havens, and above all, lack of political will to enforce financial transparency, so it is quite possible that we are underestimating the level of wealth inequality in recent decades.”
Thomas Piketty, Capital and Ideology

“The value we provide at Mayflower-Plymouth exists at the convergence of various technologies and studies including Blockchain, cryptography, quantum computing, permaculture design principles, artificial intelligence, stigmergy, forestry, economics, additive manufacturing, big data, advanced logistics and more.”
Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr, CEO of Mayflower-Plymouth

“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

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

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

“The data side of supply chains is really important.”
Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr, CEO of Mayflower-Plymouth

“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

“All good decisions are Data dependent. To make good decisions, you need good data. And you need that good data to be organized according to it's applicable use value. So every business should be mining data and organizing data to enable business leaders to make good decisions on behalf of the business.”
Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr, CEO of Mayflower-Plymouth

Jennifer Egan
“You will feel a surge as the data floods your body.

The surge may contain memory, heat, cold, longing, pain, or even joy.

Although the data are alien, the memories dislodged will be your own…”
Jennifer Egan, The Candy House

James Gleick
“Nosotros, los humanos, somos las únicas criaturas orgánicas que viven en los dos mundos a la vez. Es como si, después de haber coexistido durante largo tiempo con lo invisible, hubiéramos empezado a desarrollar la percepción extrasensorial necesaria. Somos conscientes de las numerosas especies de información que hay.”
James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

Martin "Rainman" Leghart Jr.
“Good data gives you good insights. Great data makes all the decisions for you.”
Martin "Rainman" Leghart Jr.

Martin "Rainman" Leghart Jr.
“Bad results from good data also provide you with a lot of insight.”
Martin "Rainman" Leghart Jr.

Steven Magee
“Florida has a history of reclassifying death data.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“When I queried the unmarked hollow metal tubes I had found inside the fuse holders with the team at the Desoto Solar Farm, no one could produce an electrical data sheet for them.”
Steven Magee

Peter Turchin
“...science is not only about building carefully-constructed theories that explain general phenomena. It is also, and primarily, about distinguishing good explanations from bad ones. This is where traditional history has been deficient. Historians have created, and continue to create, new explanations, but they are not in the business of testing them with data.”
Peter Turchin, Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth

“Scars are data.”
Marty Rubin

Sam Ladner
“I often tell people to tamp down their excitement about data exhaust because none of these data are actually designed for falsifiability in mind—it’s simply the detritus of our digital lives. Just because we have more data doesn’t mean we are doing better research. We are drowning in an endless sea of data, yet we are stuck in an insight desert”
Sam Ladner, Mixed Methods: A short guide to applied mixed methods research

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