by Rebecca Bedrossian

In the mid-’90s, I remember someone saying that the World Wide Web was a mile wide and an inch deep. Today, while I wouldn’t attempt to guess how much wider or deeper it is, I’m sure we can all agree that it’s noisy. On the heels of a presidential election that was preceded by campaigns and media where noisy and confusing reigned supreme, Nate Silver, statistical analyst and author of the New York Times blog FiveThirtyEight and The Signal and the Noise, has become somewhat of a media darling. Silver was recently on NPR’s Fresh Air:

In The Signal and the Noise, Silver looks at analysts in many
fields, from weather to the economy to national security, and concludes
that those who succeed at spotting new trends and understanding the
future are careful to acknowledge what they don’t know — and examine the
assumptions that underlie their thinking. Humility, he says, is

I’m adding The Signal and the Noise to my reading list.

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