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brian eno and ha-joon chang November 11, 2012

Posted by Bradley in : life , trackback

The Guardian brought these two together and the resulting discussion is fascinating. Both focus on the space between control and chaos in art and in economics.

Brian Eno says:

Quantification is a big temptation for society because it looks like control.

Ha-Joon Chang responds:

People tend to think that numbers are quite objective, but numbers in economics are not like this. Some economists say they’re like sausages: you don’t know what they really are until you cut into them. Once you know, you become very sceptical …
I’m not against numbers. You need some numbers, to work with. Life would be impossible otherwise. But we’ve made these numbers into fetishes.


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