Dear Terry and colleagues,

At your convenience, during the first week of February or so we may put an end to the ongoing New Year Lecture --discussants willing to enter their late comments should hurry up. Your own final or concluding comment will be appreciated.

Personally, my late comment will deal with the last exchange between Bob and Terry, It is about the point which follows: "...there was no thesis other than the word information is a descriptor for so many different situations and that it is a part of a semantic web - no roadmap only a jaunt through the countryside of associations - a leisurely preamble." In my own parlance, we have been focusing this fis session on the microphysical foundations of information (thermodynamic in this case) which together with the quantum would look as the definite foundations of the whole field, or even of the whole "great domain of information." But could it be so? Is there such thing as a "unitary" foundation? My impression is that we are instinctively working "where the light is", reminding the trite story of the physicists who has lost the car keys and is looking closest to the street lamp. The point I suggest is that the different informational realms are emergent in the strongest sense: almost no trace of the underlying information realms would surface. Each realm has to invent throughout its own engines of invention the different informational & organizational principles that sustain its existence. It is no obligate that there will be a successful outcome.... In the extent to which this plurality of foundations is true, solving the microphysical part would be of little help to adumbrating the neuronal/psychological or the social information arena.

The roadmap Bob suggests is an obligatory exploration to advance; we may disagree in the ways and means, but not in the overall goal. It is a mind boggling exercise as we have to confront quite different languages and styles of thinking. For instance, the next session we will have at FIS (in a few weeks) is an attempt of an excursion on "Intelligence Science". Presented by Zhao Chuan, the aim is of confronting the phenomenon of intelligence from a global perspective amalgamating science (artificial intelligence), emotions, and art (poetic and pictorial). Not easy, but we will try

Anyhow, Terry, we much appreciate your insights and the responses you have produced along the Lecture. It was a nice intellectual exercise.

Best wishes to all---Pedro

Pedro C. Marijuán
Grupo de Bioinformación / Bioinformation Group
Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud
Centro de Investigación Biomédica de Aragón (CIBA)
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50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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