Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

The New Mind Control

… or why I am suddenly more confident in predicting a Hillary win.

The New Mind Control

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

By Robert Epstein | Edited by Pam Weintraub | 18 February, 2016 | Aeon

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February 19, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, politics, psychology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Googling the future

From The Economist print edition:

Googling the future

Apr 16th 2009

Internet search data may be useful for forecasters

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June 17, 2009 Posted by | economics | , , | Leave a comment

The End of Theory?

“All models are wrong, but some are useful” — I love that quote. For me it highlights the raison d’etre of science: to predict and therefore to increase control. I don’t agree with the article that theories and models will become obsolete, but it is time to add some new tools to the set of predicting tools we already have.  And use the most useful ones.

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WIRED MAGAZINE: 16.07

The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete

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August 7, 2008 Posted by | statistics | , , , , | 4 Comments