Gerry Canavan

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London, 1772

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At the present time, alas, the technology required to automatically collect the required information is beyond our capacity. But I say again, if a mere scribe such as I—one who knows nearly nothing—can use the very simplest of these methods to pick the name of a traitor like Paul Revere from those of two hundred and fifty four other men, using nothing but a list of memberships and a portable calculating engine, then just think what weapons we might wield in the defense of liberty one or two centuries from now.

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June 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

A Graph That Proves Murray Rothbard Is the Greatest Philosopher I’d Never Heard Of

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July 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

To Understand Literature, Moretti Argues, We Must Stop Reading Books

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Moreover, as theologies go, Moretti’s is neither new nor, at present, rare. The idea that truth can best be revealed through quantitative models dates back to the development of statistics (and boasts a less-than-benign legacy). And the idea that data is gold waiting to be mined; that all entities (including people) are best understood as nodes in a network; that things are at their clearest when they are least particular, most interchangeable, most aggregated — well, perhaps that is not the theology of the average lit department (yet). But it is surely the theology of the 21st century.

Kathryn Schulz considers Franco Moretti and distant reading in the New York Times.

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June 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm