A Fundamental Confusion of The Information Age

Never in history has so much information been at the fingertips of so many human beings. And yet never have so many humans been so confused, so dismayed, so driven to addiction and a compulsive aimlessness.

Humans confuse data for information, information for knowledge, knowledge for truth, and truth for wisdom. So easily misled and waylaid by purveyors of false data and false knowledge, yet so certain of the rightness of our mashed up beliefs and clapped together causes.

The information signals never stop, 24 hours of news – opinion – internet – social media and the reflections and highly processed backwash of the same from friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. But what does it all mean — and more importantly — where should it all lead in terms of personal action?

Beliefs are Cheap, Actions are Risky

Beliefs are like shite, they happen. They are a byproduct of brain assimilation and processing of data, and excremental as they are, they form the foundations of our future actions. Given the neglectful and absentminded way that our beliefs are typically formed, this nugget of information should frighten you — but it probably doesn’t.

We are Producing an Inferior Human Substrate

As a result of our compulsive over-emphasis on data and our neglect of truth and wisdom, the bulk of human brains being produced these days are sadly misinformed, and totally unsuited for solving the kinds of problems that they are themselves creating.

This mismatch of supply and demand has always been the case throughout history — it is a most salient element of the human condition. But in The Information Age, the entire fiasco has been turned up several notches. In fact, modern society is built upon an insatiable addiction for data — and the absolute need to manipulate belief systems using public and private information flows.

If you have to ask who the sucker in this scenario is, it is probably you.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

The information below is a few years out of date, and doesn’t include news and popular media or most government, academic, and corporate information flows. Updated quantities should probably be multiplied by factors of ten, at least.

Every minute of every day we create:

– More than 204 million email messages
– Over 2 million Google search queries
– 48 hours of new YouTube videos
– 684,000 bits of content shared on Facebook
– More than 100,000 tweets
__ https://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/just-how-much-data-is-out-there.html

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2 Responses to A Fundamental Confusion of The Information Age

  1. Craig Willms says:

    An interesting topic considering the corporate, government and research groups headlong rush into the era of ‘Big Data’. The thought that studying Big Data will reveal truth (and as a byproduct opportunities to exploit what is found – for business sales, for government control and, for research understanding) is necessarily positive. The fact that human proclivities and human behavior is a direct result of what is allowed by law, offered by business and mirrored to us by research then why would the knowledge contained in big data be all that revelatory as compared to something like common sense and eons of human wisdom?

    • alfin2101 says:

      Yes indeed. Consider the changes in behaviour that followed prohibition and its subsequent repeal. Big organised crime thrives on legal prohibitions of behaviours which people enjoy.

      It seems that big data is looking for the small niches and habitats for gleaning capital and influence. But the really big money is in satisfying the more basic needs which are right in front of everyone’s noses.

      When governments make basic needs and desires harder for people to satisfy — through burdensome regulations, taxes, excessive licensing and permitting expenses, and outright prohibitions — the flow of money shifts in unnatural ways. Human enterprise is stunted and distorted. Insiders gain power at the expense of ordinary people, and big data turns over every stone and log looking for the grubs, snakes, and centipedes.

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