Data Anxiety

Tempus fugit

“Once this was called neurology, but now neurology is neural medicine, if not just brain surgery, so we have the neurosciences, including neurobiology, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, neuroethology, cognitive neuroscience, and so on ad neuroseam. One constant is that every single textbook, at least since William James’s 1890 Principles of Psychology, declares that most of what we know about the brain has been learned in the last twenty-five years.”

via Neuroscience, the 8 April 2014 entry in the Notebooks of Cosma R. Shalizi, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan

Around the world
via futurejournalismproject:

The Pew Research Center made this visualization on the harassment of religious groups. 

Harassment = { physical or verbal assault, arrest, detention, desecration, discrimination in housing, employment or education }
Sources: Public data sets from the U.S. State Department, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, U.N., Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, among others.
Summary of findings
2012 saw an increase in religious hostilities in every major region of the world except North and South America, including:
Abuse of religious minorities by private individuals or groups for acts perceived as offensive or threatening to the majority faith of the country in Egypt, Libya and Sri Lanka
Violence or the threat of violence to compel adherence to religious norms in India, Vietnam and Somalia
Harassment of women over religious dress in China and Moldova
Mob violence related to religion in Kenya, Indonesia and Nigeria
Sectarian violence in China, Myanmar and Syria
The entire report is here.
I am disinclined to revel in this, given events of the past few weeks, first at M0zilla then that baseball (football? something valued at $2.5 million or maybe $22.5 million) team owner and now Rakesh Agrawal of PayPal. I feel uneasy about expressing much of anything, religious or otherwise, for fear of the unknown consequences.

Around the world

via futurejournalismproject:

The Pew Research Center made this visualization on the harassment of religious groups.

Harassment = { physical or verbal assault, arrest, detention, desecration, discrimination in housing, employment or education }

Sources: Public data sets from the U.S. State Department, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, U.N., Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, among others.

Summary of findings

2012 saw an increase in religious hostilities in every major region of the world except North and South America, including:

  • Abuse of religious minorities by private individuals or groups for acts perceived as offensive or threatening to the majority faith of the country in Egypt, Libya and Sri Lanka
  • Violence or the threat of violence to compel adherence to religious norms in India, Vietnam and Somalia
  • Harassment of women over religious dress in China and Moldova
  • Mob violence related to religion in Kenya, Indonesia and Nigeria
  • Sectarian violence in China, Myanmar and Syria

The entire report is here.

I am disinclined to revel in this, given events of the past few weeks, first at M0zilla then that baseball (football? something valued at $2.5 million or maybe $22.5 million) team owner and now Rakesh Agrawal of PayPal. I feel uneasy about expressing much of anything, religious or otherwise, for fear of the unknown consequences.