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Plato’s Data

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Plato’s Cave is a famous allegory from philosophy that describes a fictional scenario where people mistake an illusion for reality.

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Comments (3)
"erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi."'

To all Harry Potter fans this translates to: "I show not your face but your heart's desire."

It refers to The Mirror of Erised. It does not reflect reality but what you desire. (Erised is Desired spelled backwards.) Often data will cast a reflection of what people want to see.

"Dumbledore cautions Harry that the mirror gives neither knowledge nor truth and that men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they see."

How many business systems are really a Mirror of Erised?

Posted by Peter P | Wednesday, September 21 2011 at 10:06AM ET
Did you watch CNBC this morning? Every day they reenact Plato's Cave with real 'experts' as the projectors. Everybody, with one exception, talks in analogies, i.e.,shadows and echoes, and they are all coming from a different angle. WIth time lapse added because they are all reading historical data. (The exception is of course Chairman Bernanke.)
Posted by Jeff O | Wednesday, September 21 2011 at 10:10AM ET
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