„If you torture the data enough, nature will always confess.“

Coase states that he said this in a talk at the University of Virginia in the early 1960s and that this saying, "in a somewhat altered form, has taken its place in the statistical literature."
Alternative: "If you torture the data long enough, it will confess."
Cited in: Gordon Tullock, "A Comment on Daniel Klein's 'A Plea to Economists Who Favor Liberty'", Eastern Economic Journal, Spring 2001.
1960s-1980s, "How should economists choose?" (1981)
Quelle: Essays on Economics and Economists

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Ronald Coase
britischer Ökonom und Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswisse… 1910 - 2013

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„Data always overruled theory.“

—  Gregory Benford Science fiction author and astrophysicist 1941

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„The key to artificial intelligence has always been the representation. You and I are streaming data engines.“

—  Jeff Hawkins American entrepreneur and neuroscientist; founder of Palm Computing 1957

The New York Times: Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company https://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/jeff-hawkins-develops-a-brainy-big-data-company/ (28 November 2012)

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„I said, “What do you think about it, Paul?”
The boss smiled gently. “I don’t. I haven’t enough data.”“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, buch Farmer in the Sky

Quelle: Farmer in the Sky (1950), Chapter 18, “Pioneer Party” (pp. 193-194)

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„If enough data points trouble the theory, the theory may be wrong. If the theory is basic, the paradigm may have to change.“

—  Kim Stanley Robinson, buch Green Mars

Quelle: Green Mars (1993), Chapter 8, “Social Engineering” (p. 410)

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„You need to know enough of the natural sciences so that you are not a stranger in the world.“

—  John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932

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„Competition was natural enough at one time, but do you think you are competing today?“

—  Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926

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Kontext: Competition was natural enough at one time, but do you think you are competing today? Many of you think you are. Against whom? Against Rockefeller? About as I would if I had a wheelbarrow and competed with the Santa Fe from here to Kansas City.

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„The bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, The Christian System

"The Christian System" in Religion: A Dialogue, and Other Essays (1910) as translated by Thomas Bailey Saunders, p. 106
Kontext: The bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it; accordingly, they parade their doctrines in all seriousness as true sensu proprio, and as absurdities form an essential part of these doctrines we have the great mischief of a continual fraud. Nay, what is worse, the day arrives when they are no longer true sensu proprio, and then there is an end of them; so that, in that respect, it would be better to admit their allegorical nature at once. But the difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time. Since all religions are in a greater or less degree of this nature, we must recognise the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify.

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„Perception requires imagination because the data people encounter in their lives are never complete and always equivocal.“

—  Leonard Mlodinow, buch The Drunkard's Walk

Quelle: The Drunkard's Walk, Chapter 9, Illusions Of Pattens And Patterns Of Illusions, p. 170-171

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„If you want data to survive, carve it in rock.“

—  Jack McDevitt American novelist, Short story writer 1935

Quelle: Academy Series - Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins, Cauldron (2007), Chapter 28 (p. 256)

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„We will also assume in the present study that individual values are taken as data and are not capable of being altered by the nature of the decision process itself“

—  Kenneth Arrow American economist 1921 - 2017

Quelle: 1950s-1960s, Social Choice and Individual Values (1951), p. 7

„You are a reflection of nature. You should always be upgrading, refining, and improving.“

—  Steve Maraboli 1975

Quelle: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 116

„No data is preferable to poor data.“

—  Robert L. Forward, buch Dragon's Egg

Quelle: Dragon's Egg (1980), Chapter 2, “Pulsar” Section 3 (p. 26)

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„Nature is good enough and grand enough and broad enough to give us the diversity born of liberty.“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899

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Kontext: I want you to understand what has been done in the world to force men to think alike. It seems to me that if there is some infinite being who wants us to think alike he would have made us alike. Why did he not do so? Why did he make your brain so that you could not by any possibility be a Methodist? Why did he make yours so that you could not be a Catholic? And why did he make the brain of another so that he is an unbeliever — why the brain of another so that he became a Mohammedan — if he wanted us all to believe alike?
After all, maybe Nature is good enough and grand enough and broad enough to give us the diversity born of liberty. Maybe, after all, it would not be best for us all to be just the same. What a stupid world, if everybody said yes to everything that everybody else might say.
The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.

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„To physicists such as myself, the huge amount of invisible dark matter needed to make Einstein's theory fit the astrophysical data is reason enough for exploring modified gravity theories.“

—  John Moffat, buch Reinventing Gravity

Quelle: Reinventing Gravity (2008), Chapter 9, Other Alternative Gravity Theories, p. 143

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„All any drug amounts to is tweaking the incoming data. You have to be incredibly self-centered or pathetic to be satisfied with simply tweaking the incoming data.“

—  William Gibson American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and founder of the cyberpunk subgenre 1948

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„Data! data! data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay.“

—  Arthur Conan Doyle, buch The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

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