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What Is Information?: Why Is It Relativistic and What Is Its Relationship to Materiality, Meaning and Organization

Logan, Robert K. (2012) What Is Information?: Why Is It Relativistic and What Is Its Relationship to Materiality, Meaning and Organization. Information, 3 (4). pp. 68-91. ISSN 2078-2489

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/info3010068

Abstract

We review the historic development of concept of information including the
relationship of Shannon information and entropy and the criticism of Shannon information
because of its lack of a connection to meaning. We review the work of Kauffman, Logan et al.
that shows that Shannon information fails to describe biotic information. We introduce the
notion of the relativity of information and show that the concept of information depends on
the context of where and how it is being used. We examine the relationship of information
to meaning and materiality within information theory, cybernetics and systems biology.
We show there exists a link between information and organization in biotic systems and in
the various aspects of human culture including language, technology, science, economics
and governance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: information; language; Shannon; biology; relativity; meaning; organization
Divisions: Research Labs > sLAB (Strategic Innovation Lab)
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 20:05
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2017 16:01
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/859

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