Archive for August, 2017

Data Is Not Beautiful

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Despite the rhetoric of recent years, data is neither beautiful nor ugly. Data is data; it merely describes what is and has no aesthetic dimension. The world that’s revealed in data can be breathtakingly beautiful or soul-crushingly ugly, but data itself is neither. We can respond to data in ways that create beauty, justice, and […]

Something Going Up Is Not Always Good

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Even though our unique ability to deal with complexity propelled humans to the top of the evolutionary heap, we still crave simplistic (i.e., overly simple) explanations. I promote the value of simplicity in my work, but never simplicity that sacrifices truth. Simple things can and should be explained simply. Complex things can and should be […]