General Science and Philosophy


Introduction to Information

Authors: John A. Gowan

The term "information" as used in physics or communication theory has a very restricted meaning in terms of entropy and "bits" of information, a definition which makes the term amenable to mathematical formulation but which robs it entirely of its usual significance in the human context of knowledge, meaning, complexity, and consequence. This is equivalent to reducing the human body to its chemical elements (for the sake of simplicity) and ignoring its biological unity and function as a specific type of living organism (because it is too complex). In these papers I am only interested in "information" in the latter complex sense. However, because the hierarchy is arranged by increasing size, its increasing information content is recognized in either case.

Comments: 13 Pages. adding new section at end of paper

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[v1] 2014-08-06 15:52:51
[v2] 2015-02-26 18:18:11
[v3] 2015-04-20 12:11:24

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