Thanks for the positive comment, Marcus. Actually there is another book from the 90s too by Hobart and Schiffman ("Information Ages", John Hopkins, 1998) that also focuses on a new vision of history, pretty much informational we could say. The problem with theses exploratory attempts, and here we may include Jared Diamond on social complexity and the two books supporting Howard's NY lecture (Lucifer Principle and the Global Brain), is that they should mostly rely on inspiration and metaphor. The difference with previous mechanical metaphors for social change (e.g., Marxian) is evident, and nowadays most of the scientific sources and paradigm loans are taking from the biological, and I think that's more useful a strategy. But going from an individual's "exploration" to disciplinary "colonization" is always a problematic transition--somehow we are trying to do it now in the discussion. Is it possible a more rigorous or systematic parallel between biological evolution and social history? Is this the nucleus of an informational approach to history? Do we need a new interpretation of history, info based? Personally I respond YES to the three questions. Best regards--Pedro ________________________________ De: Fis [fis-boun...@listas.unizar.es] en nombre de Marcus Abundis [55m...@gmail.com] Enviado el: domingo, 10 de enero de 2016 5:49 Para: firstname.lastname@example.org Asunto: [Fis] January Lecture--Information and the Forces of History
Hi Pedro, Thank you for your well crafted (typical Pedro) synthesizing statement, it was a pleasure to read. Thanks also for the reminders of J. Diamonds work. It has been ages since I read it, but it was certainly a treasure (hmm, now where I put my copy . . . ) Your note: > Bob has drafted the universal drama, where the elements of the two different > scenarios AP & LP mix< I am not sure I have seen the draft referenced here, or if I missed it in an earlier post – details? In acquainting myself with the IS4IS community I recall seeing some references to your AP, but in my quick survey I never came across anything of depth. I assumed such work existed, but I did not stumble upon it. Can you point me to a particular piece that you feel gives a good representation? Your posts have rekindled my curiosity.
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