The purpose of C&B Notes is to pass along ideas, concepts, stories, and information that are informing and influencing our worldview and “latticework of mental models.”
Cheap access to mountains of data that were previously uncollectible and/or unmeasurable will lead to transformative insights. Simply having greater amounts of information, however, does not allow users to ignore statistical foundations. Instead, it requires that they be more watchful for all the biases and/or errors that a data avalanche may obscure.
A team of scientists using a South Pole-based telescope revealed this week that they have detected the existence of primordial B-mode polarization. The full significance of the finding is still to be determined, including whether the B-modes can even be observed again. But, if true, one of the key implications would be the support it provides for cosmological inflation, which is the theory that the universe expanded exponentially during the Big Bang.
There is no substitute for being on the ground to assess how businesses are really performing. Accordingly, international and domestic travel is a critical component of our research. This Travelogue includes snippets from some of these international trips.