Inspiring is the spiritual heritage of humankind to which Jewish mysticism or Kabbalah is central. The ancient secret meditative tradition of Kabballah unlocks the mysteries of the “Hidden Church of Israel” (Waite 22). In Hebrew, Kabbalah simply means “to receive” hidden or secret wisdom thru meditation (Halevi 6).
Koopman argues in How We Became Our Data we live in the shadows of our data. Our data precedes us. With extensive documentary and theoretical foundation, Koopman proves convincingly, from one information system to the next, cultural products are inscribed, processed, and reproduced. We “populate databases from social media histories and marketing profiles to predictive policing analyses.” We are a part of the legacy of data infrastructures and subjects of spooled data. We are what Koopman calls informational persons.