Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati…
This is a popular statement in the Vedic literature. Though one can draw deep philosophical insights into this, I am not going to do so. Mostly ability and partly that is not what I want to talk about. It broadly means what we think is what we become.
What I want to address in this little piece is the “quality” of “data” that we get after which we use various “tools” to make it into “information” and thereby have “insights” to satiate the intellect.
I am going connect the above 2 paragraphs in a little bit. Bear with me.
Quality of data
Data has 2 dimensions- the context and the actual qualification of the context. Most times what we are worried about is the latter aspect only. But the context of the data is what determines the power of the data. For e.g. we can take a computer generated log- it has the data but very limited on the scope of the data. We can take this analyze all we want but the insights will be restricted, and so it should be. On the other hand take data about what makes people happy (I know now I am now getting into the realm of hypothetical) and analyze, the scope of the analysis and the insights is going to be broader and across the subject boundaries.
Bottom line the data and its context will underline what we can achieve. Park this thought for now. I will revisit this once I am tying up.
Tools of analysis
We all try to make sense of the data that we often collect through our sense organs and now through other means. At the heart of it is our brain which builds various models. Here I am talking about the more objective analytical part rather the emotional one. However the emotional part of the brain influences, if not drives, what objective the analytical part drives. In scientific terms it may called hypotheses- which is the intuitive and the feeling part of this story.
We model the data and try to makes sense. Again I would say that data is important and more the context of data
Then we get into finding patterns and drawing conclusions to support our hypotheses. We would then take it to the world and in many cases some part of world either accepts the findings and in some challenges it.
But that being said, I would again go back to the context of the data. No matter how much you think about a particular aspect in a context which is very narrow the insights will also be that much more narrower. We might say we get greater depth in that narrow space but what is the point of depth in an area which does not let you get into the really important parts of life.
I will not qualify important because it is subjective to the person who is experiencing life. But some questions to ponder on is-
Is the context under which I am operating in really important?
All pressures apart, what is that I really want to understand and hence become more like that?
The premise under which I started is that we might do a lot of stimulating work at times but what matters is that we think about things which takes us to higher plane, rather than keeping us at the same level as we are.
Take examples of the articles on social media, we see so much data which people are analyzing in narrow contexts of advertising and hence making more profits that we often do not think about the “other” pleasures of life. Look at our research papers as well- talking about very niche topics analyzing to no end and yet we are without wisdom.
We need to think about things that “matters” and hence we become better human beings. Many times we just become an “average” person trying to get by. But is it worth it?
I know this has a lot of subjective words and judgments and it is purposefully so. Our Indian traditions have left a lot to the reader’s own interpretations and this is also following that to a degree.
P.S: What was I thinking when I wrote this :)