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The Future of Post-Human Data Analysis: A Preface to a New Theory of Quantitative and Qualitative Research
CISP - Cambridge International Science Publishing, July 2011, Pages: 530
Is data analysis (based on modern scientific methodology) really so promising in helping us understand reality better that, as Auguste Comte (1853) once famously wrote, "[t]he law is this: that each of our leading conceptions, each branch of our knowledge, passes successively through three different theoretical conditions: the Theological, or fictitious; the Metaphysical, or abstract; and the Scientific, or positive"?
However, this blank check of data analysis (based on modern scientific methodology) can be contrasted with an opposing view in our time, as Thomas Kuhn equally made a name of himself in arguing that the progress of scientific methodology over time does not lead to a truer understanding of reality but only reflects "paradigm shifts" for different worldviews. (WK 2011)
Contrary to these conflicting views (and other ones as will be discussed in the book), data analysis (in relation to both quantitative and qualitative research) is neither possible nor desirable to the extent that the respective ideologues (on different sides) would like us to believe.
This challenge to these diverse views about data analysis does not mean, however, that data analysis is useless, or that those fields of study (related to data analysis) like methodology, epistemology, philosophy of science, psychology, linguistics, mathematics, logic, sociology, anthropology, and so on should be ignored too. Of course, neither of these extreme views is reasonable.
Instead, this book provides an alternative (better) way to understand the future of data analysis, especially in the dialectic context of quantitative and qualitative research-while learning from different approaches in the literature but without favoring any one of them (nor integrating them, since they are not necessarily compatible). In other words, this book offers a new theory (that is, the complex theory of data analysis).
If successful, this seminal project is to fundamentally change the way that we think about data analysis, from the combined perspectives of the mind, nature, society, and culture, with enormous implications for the human future and what the author originally called its "post-human" fate.
Part One: Introduction
Chapter One. Introduction-The Significance of Data Analysis
Part Two: Quantitative Research
Chapter Two. Quantitative Research and its Inadequacy
Part Three: Qualitative Research
Chapter Three. Qualitative Research and its Limitation
Part Four: Conclusion
Chapter Four. Conclusion-The Future of Data Analysis
Dr. Peter Baofu is the author of 48 new theories in 39 books (as of late 2010) to provide a visionary challenge to conventional wisdom in all fields of knowledge ranging from the social sciences through the formal sciences and the natural sciences to the humanities, with the final aim for a unified theory of everything.
As a polymath, he is known for his pioneering works on "multilateral acoustics," "metamorphic humor," "heterodox education," "post-human mind games," "post-Earth geology," "substitutive religion," "post-cosmology," "contrarian personality," "post-ethics," "multifaceted war and peace," "post-humanity," "critical-dialectic formal science," "combinational organization," "hyper-sexual body," "law reconstruction," "comprehensive creative thinking," "hyper-martial body," "multilogical learning," "contingent urban planning," "post-capitalism," "selective geometry," "post-democracy," "contrastive advantages," "ambivalent technology," "authoritarian liberal democracy," "the post-post-Cold-War era," "post-civilization," "transformative aesthetic experience," "synthetic information architecture," "contrastive mathematical logic," "dialectic complexity," "after-postmodernity," "sophisticated methodological holism," "post-human space-time," "existential dialectics," "unfolding unconsciousness," "floating consciousness," "hyper-spatial consciousness," and other visions.
Dr. Baofu earned an entry to the list of "prominent and emerging writers" in Contemporary Authors (2005) and another honorary entry in The Writers Directory (2007)-and was also interviewed on television and in newspapers about his original ideas. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in the Far East. He had taught as a professor at different universities in Western Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, the Balkans, Central Asia, South Asia, and North America. He finished more than 5 academic degrees, including a Ph.D. from the world-renowned M.I.T., and was a summa cum laude graduate.