The dark side of Data Science

As I discuss in my article “Myths of Modelling: Data Speak”, Positivism — and, by association, its mythical beliefs — had been pretty thoroughly discredited by the 1960s. Unfortunately, as if often the case in the history of ideas, the counter-revolution over-compensated. Where the early revolutionaries would loosen the chains of narrow empiricism and open up for a more enlightened dialogue between hypotheses and the data that inspire and regulate them, the next generation would throw empiricism out all together. In the ensuing vacuity of common sense, practitioners had little choice but to crawl back to frameworks steeped in positivism.

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