Verum in Consilium Quaerere

The title is in Latin.  It means, roughly, “Truth in Search Suggestions”.

Google keeps track of what the majority of the population enters, when they type in a search term.  When you begin to type in your search terms, it makes suggestions based on what you have already typed and what most other people went on to type.  Those suggestions are a sort of popularity rating that show what most people typed next.  You get some insight into what most people think about certain topics (or at least seek answers to), if you begin typing in an open-ended search term.

Here’s how you can use that information.  To find out what most people think of what you are proudest of being, you can type in a search and let the search suggestions tell you.

For fun, I typed in, “Artists are”.  Here are the suggestions that Google returned.

Search suggestions - artists are

Perhaps that was too wide a brief.  I then typed in, “Painters are”.  Here are the search suggestions that Google returned:

Search suggestions - painters are

Maybe I should try something that I used to do, but have not done much of recently.  I tried, “Photographers are”.  This is what I got:

Search suggestions - photographers are

OK, maybe I should try being a creative.  I typed “Creatives are” and got this back:

Search suggestions - creatives are

I also tried, “Musicians are”.  I got these suggestions:

Search suggestions - musicians are

Then I tried, “Guitar players are”.  This is what Google returned:

Search suggestions - guitar players are

Hoping I would get better luck with more socially acceptable pursuits, I then tried, “Engineers are”.  Here’s what the population thought of that:

Search suggestions - engineers are

Maybe that was too wide.  I tried, “Software engineers are”.  Again, the results are quite astonishing (and amusing and alarming):

Search suggestions - software engineers are

Finally, I tried, “Electronic engineers are”.  At last, something not disparaging, but not altogether certain:

Search suggestions - electronic engineers are

In the end I thought I would type in the noblest of pursuits, in my opinion.  I typed in, “Innovators are”.  Oh dear:

Search suggestions - innovators are

It was an interesting exercise.  While some of the suggestions were funny, they also spoke to me about a general feeling of ill will toward creative people and their pursuits.  It tells me a lot about the stereotypical ideas that many people hold about artists and specific creative endeavours.  What I saw was not, in general, very good news and doesn’t speak well of us, as a population.

What do you make of it?


About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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4 Responses to Verum in Consilium Quaerere

  1. It is a bit sobering, isn’t it? I just think people are judgemental about the unfamiliar and slightly envious. It is just the unknown they are reacting to!

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