My name is John Taylor. In my case, I am a data scientist, manager, juijiteiro, prolific dabbler, and family man. I live in lovely, weird and tragically hip Portland, Oregon.


I am a Manager of Analytics and Data Science at iovation. On one hand, I work on organizational problems, on the other I direct data science research. My current focus is on leading innovation in security-related data products. I have a wide range of professional interests, including data science ethics, machine learning, network science, and much more.

My previous role was Senior Data Scientist. In that capacity, I am most proud of having designed and prototyped the core components of two new products. The first, a predictive scoring service. The second, original recognition methods resulting in a device-based authentication service. Prior to this, I was an analyst in a variety of forms (Data, Performance Management, and Systems).

I went to graduate school for Logic and Computation where I specialized in philosophy of science and formal epistemology. My undergraduate degrees are in philosophy and psychology, with a minor in computer information systems.

For more professional information, see my profile on LinkedIn.

Writing is how we think our way into a subject and make it our own. Writing enables us to find out what we know—and what we don’t know—about whatever we’re trying to learn.” 

William Zinsser, Writing to Learn

What is this Site For?

This is a workspace to organize and clarify my thoughts. It is an aid in seeking signal in the noise of life. It is possibly a place for feedback from strangers. And it is a deliberate substitute for endless media consumption, split attention, and vague priorities.

I plan to post bits of learning (book reviews, ruminations on my various interests), thoughts on well-being (mental, physical and otherwise), and work-related material (data science, machine learning, innovation, management, leadership, etc.)


  • I grew up in the small foothill town of Columbia, CA.
  • In my childhood, my family kept or rehabilitated a menagerie of animals which at various times included cats, dogs, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, a potbellied pig, rabbits, chickens, goats, Large White pigs, horses, a donkey, two squirrels, a racoon, various fish, a desert tortoise, iguanas, rattlesnakes, kingsnakes, African scorpions, and a tarantula.
  • During middle and high school I won two art contests and one creative writing contest, garnering a bit of money and a poster signed by Micheal J. Fox.
  • From 15 to 18 years of age, I was a ward of the court.
  • I have worked as a woodcutter, landscaper, fast-food worker, logic grader (this is where the site name comes from), tutor, website designer, computer lab manager, GIS surveyor, and information technician.
  • I have native ancestry (through the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) which I never know about until the Bureau of Indian Affairs contacted me in my mid-thirties.
  • I have competed twice in Brazilian jiu-jitsu though I am something of a dilettante. I didn’t place the first time and got silver the second. I am currently a purple belt.