brian eno and ha-joon chang November 11, 2012Posted by Bradley in : life , trackback
The Guardian brought these two together and the resulting discussion is fascinating. Both focus on the space between control and chaos in art and in economics.
Brian Eno says:
Quantification is a big temptation for society because it looks like control.
Ha-Joon Chang responds:
People tend to think that numbers are quite objective, but numbers in economics are not like this. Some economists say they’re like sausages: you don’t know what they really are until you cut into them. Once you know, you become very sceptical …
I’m not against numbers. You need some numbers, to work with. Life would be impossible otherwise. But we’ve made these numbers into fetishes.