Database of Dreams : The Lost Quest to Catalog Humanity, Hardback Book

Database of Dreams : The Lost Quest to Catalog Humanity Hardback

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An acclaimed science historian uncovers the fascinating story of a "lost" project to unlock humanity's common denominator that prefigured the emergence of Big Data 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.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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  • Category: Social & cultural anthropology
  • ISBN: 9780300209525

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