Dear FIS colleagues,

It is quite nice reading along the messages of this new discussion 
session. In particular, Krassimir's posting is very interesting for me 
in two senses. It represents an important research community of 
information scientists/engineering practitioners (strong in Easter 
Europe and other areas) that was not engaged in our list discussions 
yet, specially thinking in the common project envisioned with other 
parties about the International Society for Information Studies. Well, 
the general content of the message (now I cannot go to the many 
interesting details deserving specific comment) has strongly reminded me 
about the theoretical evolution happened in another field: string 
theory. About how a multiplicity of approaches from rather different 
angles has recently coalesced into what is known as 
"M-Theory"---included in the comparison is that M theory predicts the 
possibility of 10 exp 500 different universes... In our common quest for 
foundations of information science, How should we cope with so many 
attempts to develop general information theories? Even more, How should 
we cope with the different "implicit" conceptions of information, well 
established and logically sound within almost each disciplinary body? In 
what extent looks viable a possible "Info M-Theory"? Would it open an 
explosion of 10 exp (?) possible configurations of info realms?

My impression is that the conflation of information with the 
intelligence discussion (while the former can be abstracted almost to 
completion, the latter has to be "situated", "embodied", and in general 
related to self-construction processes) provides ground for better 
formulations of the above rough questions, and maybe a radical new response.

best regards


Krassimir Markov escribió:
> Dear Yi-Xin, Pedro and FIS Coleagues,
> Thank you for kind invitation. I am very glad to take part in FIS.
> During the years I have seen a stable interest to the basic problems of
> informatics. This was the reason to unite more than 2000 scientists all
> over the world in the ITHEA® International Scientific Society (ITHEA® ISS)
> and for the last ten years to organize more than 60 conferences, to
> publish two Int. Journals and more than 30 books. The Institute of
> Information Theories and Applications FOI ITHEA® was established as
> independent nongovernmental organization to support the collaboration
> between members of ITHEA® ISS. (pls. see ). Let finish this
> introductory part with little information about me. My name is Krassimir
> Markov. I am mathematician with specialization in computer science and I
> have worked in the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the
> Bulgarian Academy of Sciences since 1975.
> I think, firstly we need to answer to the second question - What is the
> correct concept of information? --Without proper understanding of
> information, the definition of concept "intelligence" as well as all the
> answers of the rest questions will be intuitive and not clear.
> There exist several common theoretical information paradigms in the
> Information Science. May be, the most popular is the approach based on the
> generalization of the Shannon's Information Theory [Shannon, 1949], [Lu,
> 1999]. Another approach is the attempt to synthesize the existing
> mathematical theories in a common structure, which is applicable for
> explanation of the information phenomena [Cooman et al, 1995].
> ....
> At the end, there exist some works that claim for theoretical generality
> and aspire to be a new approach in the Information Science, but theirs
> authors should clear up what they really talk about [Burgin, 1997].
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