Information

“There is a young and impressionable mind out there that is hungry for information. It has latched on to an electronic tube as its main source of nourishment.” -Joan Ganz Cooney

This piece about the amount of information in the world is really interesting. According to the article it discusses,

“The fastest increasing quantity on this planet is the amount of information we are generating.”

The academic article is by Hal Varian and Peter Lyman which calculated the total amount of information produced by the entire global for a single year.

One of the co-authors, Hal Varian, is pretty well known for doing weird studies involving economics. Any time “weird” and “economics” are used together, I’m fascinated. He has a whole host of interesting articles on his website, from The True Cost Of SUVs to What, Exactly, Was On John Nash’s Beautiful Mind? to Why That Hoodie Your Son Wears Isn’t Trademarked.

The graphs on the piece are fascinting. I can’t believe the amount of mail is still increasing at such a large rate. Who still gets mail? My grandmother sends me a birthday card.

And despite this,

“For instance, the quantity of scientific knowledge, as measured by the number of scientific papers, has been doubling approximately every 15 years since 1900. If we measure simply the number of journals published we find that they have been exponentially rising since the 1700s, when science began.” 

People still think creationism is legit.

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