Painting of Greek philosopher Diogenes living in a barrel, holding a lamp, and surrounded by dogs. For some reason he has clearly defined muscles and is not covered in dirt. Sort of a Hollywood version of Diogenes I think.
Diogenes looking for an unbiased machine learning model. “Diogenes” by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1860.

Juxtaposition of the ornate and fancy sitting room of the Venetian doge with a messy play room filled with toys.
Sitting rooms can be very ornate and expensive, but there’s not very much you can actually do in them. A play room is a little chaotic, sure, but a little chaos can be a good thing once in a while. On the left: photo by Davidlwinkler, CC BY-SA 4.0. On the right: photo by Elizabeth (table4five) from Lansing, MI, USA, CC BY 2.0, both via Wikimedia Commons
Two partial sections of a reproduction of the 6.75m long Tabula Peutingeriana showing a quasi-topological map of the Roman public road network. Great if you need to be wowed by the extent of the Empire or navigate certain parts of the road network. Less good for showing the geographic shapes of regions, or even “reflecting reality”: many of the towns depicted were destroyed or abandoned by even the earliest estimates of the source map’s creation. It’s perhaps more a map of what the Empire wanted to be, and less a map of what it actually was.

A section of a jigsaw puzzle with one piece missing

Nighttime illumination in Honor of Catherine the Great, Jan Bogumił Plersz, ca. 1787

Michael Correll

Information Visualization, Data Ethics, Graphical Perception.

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