Database of Dreams: The Lost Quest to Catalog Humanity by Rebecca Lemov

By Rebecca Lemov

Just many years prior to the sunrise of the electronic age, Harvard psychologist Bert Kaplan got down to construct the biggest database of sociological details ever assembled. It was once the mid-1950s, and social scientists have been entranced via the human insights promised through Rorschach exams and different cutting edge medical protocols. Kaplan, in addition to anthropologist A. I. Hallowell and a staff of researchers, sought out a diversified variety of non-European matters between distant and principally non-literate peoples around the world. Recording their goals, tales, and innermost concepts in an enormous database, Kaplan estimated destiny researchers gaining access to the information during the state-of-the-art Readex desktop. shortly, even if, technological advancements and the obsolescence of the theoretical framework rendered the undertaking beside the point, and at last it used to be forgotten.

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