Chapter 2

Snarled in Data, Saved by Clarifying Language

Escaping from Our Own Nets

Second, the language of clarity: We need to extricate knowledge from information. Data should lead to information, which creates knowledge and, ultimately, wisdom. Yet data (let along “big data”) too often confuses and obfuscates. This chapter deals with the best methods to speak and write about data and turn it into highly useful information, applicable knowledge, and even profound wisdom.

Analytic Arabesques

An arabesque is a dance position where the dancer precariously supports a movement on one leg, while the other is extended horizontally … oh, and also backward.

An arabesque is also an ornamental design consisting of intertwined and flowing lines, often ...

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