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  • feedwordpress 08:01:42 on 2018/07/20 Permalink
    Tags: Census, , , De Bow's Review, graphs, , , J.D.B. De Bow, , , xenographphobia   

    “Above all else show the data”*… 

     

    Charts

    Three of the many exhibits at Xenographics

    … a collection of unusual charts and maps, managed by Maarten Lambrechts. Its objective is to create a repository of novel, innovative and experimental visualizations to inspire you, to fight xenographphobia and popularize new chart types…

    * Edward Tufte

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    As we put the info into infographics, we might ponder the terminally-tarnished legacy of James Dunwoody Brownson De Bow; he was born on this date in 1820.  While he was an accomplished statistician who served as as head of the U.S. Census from 1853 to 1857,  he was also the founder and first editor of DeBow’s Review, a widely-circulated magazine of “agricultural, commercial, and industrial progress and resource” in the American South from 1846 until 1884.  Before the Civil War, the magazine “recommended the best practices for wringing profits from slaves.”

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  • feedwordpress 08:01:28 on 2015/04/10 Permalink
    Tags: Census, , , , , , , Teilhard, , Vernadsky   

    “Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion”*… 

     

     click here for larger, zoomable version

    Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population

    A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

    Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading.

    More discussion of unoccupied America (and other nifty maps) at @nikfrrr‘s mapsbynik.com.

     

    * Democritus

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    As we search for signs of intelligent life, we might spare a thought for Pierre Teilhard de Chardin; he died on this date in 1955.  A Jesuit theologian, philosopher, geologist, and paleontologist, he conceived the idea of the Omega Point (a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which he believed the universe was evolving) and developed Vladimir Vernadsky‘s concept of noosphere.  Teilhard took part in the discovery of Peking Man, and wrote on the reconciliation of faith and evolutionary theory.  His thinking on both these fronts was censored during his lifetime by the Catholic Church (in particular for its implications for “original sin”); but in 2009, they lifted their ban.

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