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- Mar 2021
He introduces the idea of the apophatic: what we can't put into words, but is important and vaguely understood. This term comes from Orthodox theology, where people defined god by saying what it was not.
Too often as humans we're focused on what is immediately in front of us and not what is missing.
This same thing plagues our science in that we're only publishing positive results and not negative results.
From an information theoretic perspective, we're throwing away half (or more?) of the information we're generating. We might be able to go much farther much faster if we were keeping and publishing all of our results in better fashion.
Is there a better word for this negative information? #openquestions