Wisdom of the Crowd vs Bias
Conversations / October 5, 2017

There is a recent show coming out this fall titled Wisdom of the Crowd. Essentially the show captures the idea of crowd-sourcing the public to submit information through their smartphones in the hopes to be part of criminal capture.   A tech innovator creates a cutting-edge crowd-sourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime solving in San Francisco. (IMDB, 2017) This idea is not necessary new, as police have utilized social media and other avenues of technology to assist them in their job of hunting bad guys. While I haven’t had time to watch this yet, I suspect it will be more about ‘see something say something’ ideology. Thank you Janet Napolitano. We continue to spiral in a world where most would flip out their smartphone to record for YouTube over assisting victims. An interesting article discusses how the average of the wisdom of the crowd guessed the weight of an ox within 10 pounds. The result was the idea of a collection of the whole is better data than the expert of one. Way back in 1906, the English polymath Francis Galton visited a country fair in which 800 people took part in a…

Facebook Conversation – Genesis vs Enuma Elish.
Conversations / August 26, 2016

Over time, I have attempted to review a lot of information, and digest it the best way I can. An interesting conversation came up on an friend’s Facebook post. Something more meaningful than the causal meme being shared. What was initially an after-thought, may turn out to be a very interesting dialogue. Let me share it here. Original Post. Roger Dicks Yesterday at 12:36am · a…Random Thought…Since the beginning of recorded history, defined as when the Sumarians invented writing around 6000 years ago, authorities have catalogued over 3700 supernatural beings, of which around 2870 can be considered deities. Those numbers are probably a conservative estimate because we have no accurate information before 4000 B.C. There are a large number of these that are still worshipped today. So, which one is the right one? Is it a matter of opinion? And because I asked that first question, there are some of you who are going to get angry, and start quoting bible scripture at me. Don’t bother. I’ve read it straight thru 3 times in my life. I am fairly well versed. So, why did you get angry? Did you automatically think that I was targeting your specific deity? I was…