It is too easy to overrate the value of data or information we get, be it from the print media or the new electronic media. We may even misunderstand or misuse it entirely. A statistic may or may not be fact, and not all facts lead one to truth. And some collections of text or numbers are of no value whatsoever.
One day or perhaps it was at night or maybe while ruminating (yes, "ruminating") on the porcelain convenience or was it while laying in bed through an episode of insomnia? I developed the following sequence, or hierarchy, which I casually call "Mick's Data Axiom":
There it is, for what it's worth. In any event, it's been reflected upon, parsed, interpreted and understood. But by whom else, might you ask? Well, if you've just read it, perhaps it no longer lurks alone. No isolated analysis then.
Actually, I tried it out before a small group at a Bible study; it received a consensus response somewhat akin to those glazed-over, "huh?" responses that are not uncommon nowadays.
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