Simon Griffee · Time, light, movement & distance.

The Epistemology of Truth ➶

6 December 2012

bq.. Every person that deals with data and data integration, especially at big scales, sooner or later comes to a very key but scary choice to make: deciding whether truth is discovered or invented.

Sure, there are various shades between those options, but either you believe in a metaphysical reality that is absolute truth and you just have to find a way to discover it. Or you don’t and what’s left is just human creation, social contracts, collective subjectivity distilled by hundreds of years of echo chambers.

Deciding where you stand on this choice influences dramatically how you think, how you work, who you like to work with and what efforts you feel drawn to and want to be associated with.