There is a very old idea, found on Plato but probably older that there is an intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet, which relates to our world in much the same way as the soul is connected to the human body. In latin, the anima mundi. After Plato, Pythagoras, put effort to use mathematics an astronomy as an approach to know the anima mundi. The contemplation of the ‘divine dance of numbers’ which held both the secrets of music and of the celestial motions became the link in the mystic union between human thought and the anima mundi.
Later, the philosopher’s stone, or stone of the philosophers, was a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals such as mercury into gold, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosopher’s stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosopher’s stone were known as the Magnum Opus.
Stone: Something from the physical word, imperfect, rotten…
Knowledge = GOLD
Philosopher’s Stone: Philosophy, thought over the world to obtain knowledge, ( nothing new… but to avoid trouble with the church it’s better to use a symbolic language. )
And Nowadays… The BIG DATA.
Big data analytics refers to the strategy of analyzing large volumes of data, or big data. This big data is gathered from a wide variety of sources, including social networks, videos, digital images, sensors, and sales transaction records. The aim in analyzing all this data is to uncover patterns and connections that might otherwise be invisible, and that might provide valuable insights about the users who created it. Through this insight, businesses may be able to gain an edge over their rivals and make superior business decisions.
That is to turn data into knowledge and gold…
The computer is the new philosophical stone and data the new mercury to be turned int gold.