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Perls of Information Age

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About the Book Inexpensive data storage and computational capabilities, together with the internet, have ushered in the Information Age, providing tremendous benefits that we are reaping with great success. However, there are negative side effects of easily available abundant information from diverse sources. Information has fostered a plethora of knowledge subjects that are not all equal. Vulnerabilities of the scientific method are getting exposed more often and thereby eroding science&...
About the Book

Inexpensive data storage and computational capabilities, together with the internet, have ushered in the Information Age, providing tremendous benefits that we are reaping with great success. However, there are negative side effects of easily available abundant information from diverse sources. Information has fostered a plethora of knowledge subjects that are not all equal. Vulnerabilities of the scientific method are getting exposed more often and thereby eroding science’s credibility with the quantity and variety of the information overload.

Far from being just a criticism, Perils of Information Age is an intellectual trip based on thought experiments, head-smacking experiences, and curious observations. It lays out a structured framework that outlines how to assess and deal with the perils of Information Age-the impotency of certain college majors and academic training, the junk science behind statistical studies analyzing complexity, the analysis-paralysis of data analytics, and increasing strain on our cognitive abilities.

 

About the Author

Pranav Prabhash is mechanical engineer from IIT Kharagpur, who travelled around the world while working in the Energy Industry for almost a decade, during which he also got an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs. In his professional career, Pranav developed analytic algorithms for equipment monitoring and is fascinated by the information revolution and in some cases, the devolution.

Pranav has developed an enthusiasm towards figuring out how to see the forest from the trees, to isolate the signal from the noise, to detect fiction disguised as truth, and in doing so, to let the truth prevail. The enthusiasm turned him into a writer and this book is an outcome of that cerebral pursuit intended to stimulate your thinking.

 

Contents

 

INFORMATION AGE MENACE 1
Degradation of Knowledge  
Knowledge Hierachy and Specialization  
Analysis-Paralysis and Junk Science  
Information and Data Potency  
Complexity  
Erosion of Scientific Credibility  
Linearity of Learning Process  
TAMING KNOWLEDGE WILDERNESS  
Knoledge Subjects in the World  
Ranking Knowledge Subjects  
A Note on University Education  
KNOLEDGE FRAMEWORK 51
Awareness  
Knowedge Transfer and Communication  
Invariance  
Putting Context into Place  
Abstractness  
Mathematics and Measurements  
Benchmarking and Ranking  
Degree  
From Knowledge to Wisdom  
DIMINISHING SCIENTIFIC CREDIBILITY 89
Distotion of Scientific Method  
Statistical Adulteration of Science  
Statistical Fallacie Rehashed  
Mathematics of Spurious Correlations  
DISENTANGLING COMPLEXITY 119
Circular Causality of Complex System  
From Intellect to Hierarchy  
Tackling Complexity Through Reduction  
Manufactrer Vs Farmer  
COGNITIVE ANALYTICS 151
Brain's Data Mining Model  
Fast Sensory Slow Abstract  
Book Smart Vs Street Smart  
Quadrivalent Logic of the Real World  
Learning to Gain Mastery  
CHASING ENLIGHTENMENT 173
Counterintuitive But True  
Morality of Irrationality  
Hindslight Vs Foresight  
References 195

 

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Item Code: NAO624 Author: Pranav Prabhash Cover: Paperback Edition: 2017 Publisher: Notion Press ISBN: 9781947949133 Language: English Size: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch Pages: 206 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 200 gms
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