Standing in relation to. In comparison of. Organizing information into structures is the hallmark of Reason. Obscurity obfuscates counterfactuals. Big Data is messy, Messier[1] is better, it gives us a foundation for conversation and a common structure to Empiricism. Sometimes the fundamental notions need re-calibrated. Einstein referred to research as a mulligan, a “do-over”, “re” search.[2]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Messier_objects are a set of 110 astronomical objects catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier in his "Catalogue des Nébuleuses et des Amas d'Étoiles" ("Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters"). ↩︎

  2. I am not sure where I heard this but I am pretty sure it was from Albert Einstein. Regardless it’s not “relative” to the point. Besides, I didn’t want to look for it, someone said it, and if that doesn’t work you can always attribute the saying to me. ↩︎