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    fs.blog | 5/29/12 | 8 min
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    • jbuchana
      1 month ago

      But if you look at the very same data on a daily basis, the composition would change to 95% noise, 5% signal.

      This is the crux of the issue. An example of this is when losing weight. If you look at the scale every day, the daily ups and downs totally hide the trend in weight. If you weigh a few pounds more than a day or two ago, you worry. But if you only check my weight once a month (which is approximately what I do) the actual trend is obvious, the noise is masked by the real data.

      avoidance of too much hormonal rushes that come with the ingestion of food.

      Interesting tie-in with my weight example. But total garbage. Nutrients are not information and this inclusion in the article seems sort of random to me. It does not invalidate the real point though, too many information points do indeed hamper the ability to analyze the actual data.

    • bartadamley
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Excellent find @deephdave.

      A few quotes that stuck out.

      In science, noise is a generalization beyond the actual sound to describe random information that is totally useless for any purpose, and that you need to clean up to make sense of what you are listening to.

      There was even more noise coming from the media and its glorification of the anecdote. Thanks to it, we are living more and more in virtual reality, separated from the real world, a little bit more every day, while realizing it less and less.

      These are awfully tough quotes to sit with, as we realize the wonders/yet perils of the internet. The amount of 'noise' we encounter on a day-to-day basis in our explorations in our daily encounters on the web, seem to be growing exponentially.

      One valid question/one thought to start with at first is: how many tabs do you have open right now? Are any of these tabs social media?

      I have 13 tabs in total open, 2 being social media forms. I believe that social media and the way the informational ecology shapes out on these platforms predisposes us to way too much information to meaningfully interact with/ hence the growth of video on these platforms...

      To conclude, navigating online is tough, especially if you are trying to sustain attention.. minimize the tabs you have open and try & engage as intentionally as you can... yes even on social media.

      Logging onto Readup today is a great start!

    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      1 month ago

      The noise bottleneck is really a paradox. We think the more information we consume the more signal we’ll consume. Only the mind doesn’t work like that. When the volume of information increases, our ability to comprehend the relevant from the irrelevant becomes compromised. We place too much emphasis on irrelevant data and lose sight of what’s really important.