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Are “Big Data” Sucking Scientific Talent into Big Business?

Are “Big Data” Sucking Scientific Talent into Big Business?

Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about how “Big Data”—which as far as I can tell is just data mining in a glossy new wrapper–are going to revolutionize science and help us create a better world.* These claims strike me as all too familiar.

November 8, 2013 — John Horgan

The Meaning of Life: The Sequel

In my last post, I argued that there is no single, “true” meaning of life, which applies to everyone. The meaning of life is a matter of taste, not of empirical truth.

October 26, 2013 — John Horgan
What “60 Minutes” Gets Wrong in Report on Mental Illness and Violence

What “60 Minutes” Gets Wrong in Report on Mental Illness and Violence

On Sunday night the television news program 60 Minutes broadcast “Untreated mental illness an imminent danger?” Correspondent Steve Kroft introduces the report by stating: “The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard two weeks ago that resulted in the deaths of 13 people, including the gunman, was the 23rd such incident in the past seven [...]

October 2, 2013 — John Horgan

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