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May 16, 2007



Asimov (1951): Psychohistory

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Asimov was one hell of a visionary, wasn't he?


Statistics applied with purpose is an intelligence. IMIHO the only way to determine that purpose is to play with statistical measures in relationship to something valuable and meaningful.

If statistics are merely purposed for proof then statistical sociology is as statistical mundane as any form of clever number games. If in playing with statistics there is a deeper and purposeful method in the metric madness, then rich insights are the promise of the outcome.

Sentiment Analysis shows the relationship between statistics and emotion and such similar journeys into the human psyche are bound to produce interesting relationships, but for me the fundamental challenge is to create a statistical form that journeys into ones own being.

To create a measure of personal statistics that leads to creative insight is the ultimate in vaporizing the traditional mentality that pigeon holes people into left brain and right brain thinkers. This is an area that I have explored offline.

Statistical personalization would be for me what I would want to explore if the study of statistical sociology became an emergent discipline.

What is far more important is the mash up possibilities that exist in all disciplines and I agree that statistics in relationship to something is a powerful exploration.

It is more so when the discipline is not traditionally complimentary. Sociology and Quantum Physics or something like "Quantum Sociology" is the kind of leap of thinking that sounds just as interesting to me.

This is also a searchable term but what this tells me is that personal imagination is the emerging age not simply statistical imagination.

Traditionally people have been talking about fact vs faith. Such distinctions evaporate in this new mash up world. For me the corollary of fact is fiction, the corollary of faith is fear.

Fiction and fear are what I think statistical sociology would best served to overcome (but how then will society react to having its mythologies challenged when society has generally honored its myths with stats)... or at least that is the thinking that was inspired within me after reflecting on your statistical sociology post this evening.



Your last paragraph says it all, and I agree completely.


Baris the key point for me is about living in a time of mesmerizing change, and that means that sociology has to starts with us. Intelligently utilized statistics then become a doorway to personal insight.

From such a strong foundation sociology can then bcome a science of transformation rather than an artform built on top of a Victorian age theoritical base.

The question then becomes what is sociology loyal to, the present which is the future or the past which is the past?

Striipping the mythologies out of a discipline requires more than viewing fiction and fear from sociological eyes, it has far more relevance when the sociologist first comprehends their own sociology.

This means embracing sociology as a means of learning not to treat human life as a specimen but as a technology enabled intelligent real-time adaptation.

Sociology in this context isn't a mashup of psychology, pathology, anthropology or a history, it becomes a living relationship with society and environment - which to my mind should best serve to further human intelligence rather than academic interest.

How can academia possibly keep up with technological change unless sociology itself serves to awaken opportunity or even transforms the ritualistic and outdated habits of academia?


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