This is post three in a short-term series by Prof Nayef Al-Rodhan titled “Neurophilosophy of Governance, Power and Transformative Innovations.” This series provides neurophilosophical perspectives and multi-disciplinary analyses on topics related to power and political institutions, as well as on a series of contemporary transformative technologies and their disruptive nature. The goal is to inspire innovative intellectual reflections and to advance novel policy considerations.
Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras (6th century BC) is believed to have likened everything to numbers. In the writings of Aristoxenus (4th century BC), Pythagoras is said to have argued that numbers explain and control things. Over twenty-six centuries later, in the age of Big Data, this appears as a particularly prescient claim.