Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Theoretical Blogoscience

Evidence that the word "blog" and all its variations has passed into my brain way too many times in recent days: last night I had a dream in which I made a blog post (of course) entitled "Theoretical Blogoscience." (Keep reading, you can gain some insight into the sad wish-fulfilment dreams of a would-be academic) In this post, I explored the possibility of a new field, by analogy to theoretical neuroscience, in which we would "exploit recent advances in the fields of computatational learning theory, information theory, and (something else?) to address fundamental questions in the information content and social networking of blogs." (it doesn't even make sense) The post gained some notoriety, and I was asked to give a talk on the topic at a major conference. At said conference, we determined that armed with this new tool, we could finally put the social sciences and historical inquiry on a solid scientific footing. Then I rose to Heaven in a blaze of glory, or something; anyway the dream ended. Pretty pathetic, huh? And in the meantime I can't keep track of my ID for two consecutive days.


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