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Information tsunami or splash in the pool?

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Interesting observation @ Every Signal Starts Out As Noise – Ton Zijlstra
“Why do we call information and data coming to us noise? Because we know not all that stuff is useful, we label the unuseful stuff as noise. And because of the tilted signal to noise ratio we perceive, i.e. what little we actually use from what comes at us, we say we suffer from information overload. I say that this is rubbish.
There is no such thing as information overload. It does not exist.”
“In the known and knowable areas, these assumptions make sure that you take the right decisions about causal relationships, and thus be able to control or to cope with your situation. This made perfect sense where information was limited or even scarce. There is fear hidden behind these assumptions, that culminate in the fear to make the wrong decision.

Those three fears are:
I will miss important things
I will forget important things
I’ll miss big opportunities to success

From a complexity perspective the answers to the three fears, and the three assumptions are:
Look at what you see, not at what you don’t see
You are your own filter, important stuff will bubble to the surface at some point
It’s about the few actions you do take, not all the actions you could have.

Or when put into actions:
Skim, not read, all available info, don’t judge yet
Combine what strikes you at first as possible patterns (barriers and attractors), and examine those more closely
Build upon the patterns, and choose one or two to cultivate and act upon”

At the same time Jay blogged
“The brain is not a logically structured organ; these processes of connection resemble the processes of metaphor more than those of logic.”
“The brain will always have more going on than seems necessary, more randomness and variation than any humanly designed system. There is enormous redundancy (which Dr. Edelman refers to as “degeneracy”) in the brain’s functioning, giving it remarkable resilience and evolutionary possibilities. No brain event happens the same way twice. Even memory is always a variant, he says — a re-creation, never a repetition. “

Going back to Ton
“We’ve Dealt with Information Overload Since the Dawn of Humanity
It all boils down to trusting upon the notion in Open Space of “whatever happens is the only thing that could have”. It is also basically how we humans have looked upon the earth for most of our existence. We always take in all our surroundings all the time”
Blog to handle the Tsunami and early warning system:
“Blogs create and aggregate an enormous amount of often prefiltered background noise. Being exposed to the blogosphere enables companies to reconnect to their noisy surroundings. It requires however that they accept that their organisational structures are not all that make up reality and don’t want information to flow along those structures only, and also accept that they will not know in advance what is useful information.”

There are some interesting comments, counter–comments going on there.
I’ll need to dig deeper and post something (whatever I can catch on my small antenna) tomorrow

Written by anol

March 29th, 2004 at 10:50 am

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