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Database of dreams : the lost quest to catalog humanity
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Éditeur Yale University Press
Année 2015
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Database of dreams : the lost quest to catalog humanity
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Description
1 vol. (xii, 354 pages) ; 25 cm
Notes
Bibliogr. p. 261-335. Index
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Classification Dewey
300
Contenu
Introduction ; Paperwork of the inner self ; The varieties of not belonging ; The storage of the very, very small ; Data mining in Zuni ; Possible future worlds ; The double experiment ; "I do not want secrets ... I only want your dreams" ; Not fade away (a history of the life history) ; New encyclopedias will arise ; Brief golden age ; Conclusion
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"Just a few years before the dawn of the digital age, Harvard psychologist Bert Kaplan set out to build the largest database of sociological information ever assembled. It was the mid-1950s, and social scientists were entranced by the human insights promised by Rorschach tests and other innovative scientific protocols. Kaplan, along with anthropologist A.I. Hallowell and a team of researchers, sought out a varied range of non-European subjects among remote and largely non-literate peoples around the globe. Recording their dreams, stories, and innermost thoughts in a vast database, Kaplan envisioned future researchers accessing the data through the cutting-edge Readex machine. Almost immediately, however, technological developments and the obsolescence of the theoretical framework rendered the project irrelevant, and eventually it was forgotten.... In a scrupulously researched and captivating new book, Rebecca Lemov recounts the story of Kaplan's quest and brings to light an informative and disturbing chapter in the prehistory of Big Data."--Dust jacket.
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978-0-300-20952-5
0-300-20952-5
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