Data and Mind Illusions

Data Pix

“Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.” – Arthur C. Clarke

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“Dr. Bruce Ballon’s presentation gave us food for thought in basic research considerations and it was entertaining too”


EVENT: LHIN Health Equity Symposium 2015


THE SOLUTION: An interactive presentation exploring data in and out of context; information and misinformation; conclusions valid and false; anchoring it all to the humanity that is at the core of the numbers. Using techniques to explore and influence/distort cognitive frames, the participants can see the benefits of contextual data use for healthcare and the dangers of how data that is not properly put in context can create many false conclusions/beliefs that create stigma, stereotypes and other negative constructs that lead to a negative impact on healthcare  The mind can be led into certain directions and use of collected data can be fed back to people out of context to create myriad effects including the simulation of supernatural forces (i.e. psychic phenomena)!

Context of the Day: he provision of quality health care is a clear priority of the province, the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (the “LHIN”) and health service T providers. This includes applying a health equity lens to our work to ensure that people who are in the greatest need of health care receive it, and barriers to receiving care are eliminated. There is much evidence about the need for health equity action and the Mississauga Halton LHIN is committed to ensure our health service providers have the opportunity to build health equity capacity within their organization. This symposium will provide an understanding on the current state of health equity data collection throughout the Health Service Providers (HSPs) within the M/H LHIN and community partners.


o Understand the importance of collecting and using socio-demographic data

o Understand that data collection is for advocacy, resourcing and identifying target audiences

o Understand the link between data collection and the HEIA tool

o Understand that data is not a threat and the logistics behind data collection

o Learn about strategies to implementing data collection

o Learn about the results of the data collection survey

o Feel ownership and responsibility over the data collection effort

o Network and share skills among other organizational representatives”