(For unknown reasons this message didn't went through last Tuesday---P.)

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Asunto:         The Fluctuon Model; Colophon
Fecha:  Tue, 02 Nov 2010 12:44:48 +0100
De:     Joseph Brenner <joe.bren...@bluewin.ch>
Responder a:    Joseph Brenner <joe.bren...@bluewin.ch>
Para: Pedro C. Marijuan <pcmarijuan.i...@aragon.es>, fis <fis@listas.unizar.es>

Dear All,

Pedro has asked me to renew with an earlier FIS Group practice and write a colophon for our discussion of the fluctuon model of Michael Conrad. Actually, not much has happened with regard to evidence for or against. There is a lot of information in the latest Stan<>Loet exchange, however, that has made the exercise worthwhile. There has also been a discussion of fluctuations, but essentially of fluctuations in /our/ thermodynamic world. Most interesting, but of no direct help with the original task.

I therefore now exercise my editorial authority by offering, by way of colophon, and with his agreement, the notes of a discussion I had with Pedro in Beijing. They were not and are not proposed as science, information science or other; but I like to think they are more than just opinion. For people, and I assume that is some of us, who have ever pondered such "deep" issues, these notes may suggest some ideas and comments. For others, for whom talk of Being and Nothingness or Non-Being, /pace/ Sartre, is pure nonsense, pure non-information, I have some sympathy. The only point I would take issue with is the "pure" . . . 1. We are aware of our atoms and molecules and those of others through our adjacencies to them. They have Being for us; they are "Being". The corresponding changes in their states constitute information at several levels.

2. Our atoms and molecules are composed of "strings" of which we are /not/ aware. They have no Being for us, they are "Non-Being". Whether any fluctuations or changes in strings can constitute information is not clear.

3. Non-Being has been described both scientifically and traditionally, /e.g./ the "Mind of God", the quantum vacuum, "holomovement".

4. Spontaneity and indeterminism (randomness) are possible, but only in Non-Being. These are reflected in Being only in radioactive decay and in catastrophic cosmological phenomena (black holes). The shifts of perspective in this note are non-random.

5. We in Being are aware of the existence of Non-Being, therefore, as something internal and external to us at the same time. The LIR Principle of Dynamic Opposition (PDO) describes this epistemological and ontological state-of-affairs as real and logical.

6. Non-Being is not and does not have to be aware of itself nor of us here in Being. We take care of that little function for it.

7. The influence of Non-Being and its changes, /e.g./, in local information content. which are not perceived by nor interact with us in the usual manner, may be due to our awareness of Non-Being, which is a /kind/ of information about it, causally effective. Conrad claims that interactions with Non-Being (the unmanifest world) also exist and can influence biological states. These two perspectives may or may not converge.

8. In either case, the information content of vacuum fluctuations and the informational content of our awareness/understanding of it and them are, by the PDO, and at the current state of knowledge, the same and not the same.

9. The existence of a direct energetic (thermodynamic) relationship or information transfer between Being and Non-Being, as in the fluctuon model, below the quantum level, remains an open question, but such a relationship may not be necessary as a basis for information theory.

10. An alternate basis is available in the self-duality and dualities of energy, at and above the quantum level, in Being alone. The "information" in point 7. can be just a projection.

Best wishes,


Pedro C. Marijuán
Grupo de Bioinformación / Bioinformation Group
Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud
Avda. Gómez Laguna, 25, Pl. 11ª
50009 Zaragoza, Spain
Telf: 34 976 71 3526 (& 6818) Fax: 34 976 71 5554

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