Shannon was dealing with the problem of mutually compatible encodings such as comes up in the theory of cyphers etc, and arises in the control of machines a la Wiener. He adopted the term 'Information Theory' at the suggestion of Jon Von Neumann, and everyone accepted the appellation.
What an encoding means, and how you interpret it, is, from this perspective, a largely secondary question. What decision(s) do you make? Wellington referred to the key message that enabled him to win one of his battles in the Peninsular War (Salamanca if i remember rightly) as 'an intelligence'. I would suggest (albeit as an outsider) that these terms should be allowed to stick. The quantified mathematical physical vehicle is 'information', while the interpreted message on the basis of which decisions are taken - 'Fight' (as in Wellington (then Sir John Wellesley)'s case), or 'Flight' (as in the case of the French Marshal opposing him) is 'intelligence'. Then 'intelligence' equals 'information' PLUS the semiotic / semantic component. BUT the quantified 'information' concept tells you precisely the number of *independent* decisions a given amount of *information* can give rise to. In light of these thoughts, please can anyone tell me the following. The above discussion has slithered into a discussion that implicitly includes 'purpose' - teleology is implied in this transition from information to intelligence. Yet teleology is always said to be inconceivable from the perspective of causality in physics. And even in quantum theory, no one has resolved this issue as far as I know. On the other hand, the discussions of semiotics, particularly 'Cyber-semiotics', aired in this group earlier by Soren Brier, are redolent with teleological implications. So WHAT IS GOING ON? Do these thought lead anyone to any constructive comments? Best wishes to all, Alex On 9 July 2016 at 00:31, Rafael Capurro <raf...@capurro.de> wrote: > Alex > a main problem I see with Brillouin (the same as with Shannon) > > https://www.bibnum.education.fr/calculinformatique/theorie-de-l-information/naissance-de-la-theorie-de-l-information > is that he speaks about the transmission of information (with regard to > Shannon), while in fact it is a message and not 'information' that is being > transmitted. > This quid pro quo is amazing in a scientist like Brillouin who is > interested in the exact definition of concepts. Shannon's theory is called > A mathematical theory of communication (not: of information). > Rafael > > John, I read the English translation of Science and Information theory in > 1976 and was profoundly influenced by it. I started doing so because I was > trying to understand conscious awareness at that time, and it struck me > that information theory was the closest thing to it in science at the time. > (not being impressed much by S's cat etc.) > So you see it took 40 years thought for me to get to where I am now. Even > in 2008 when I had 90% of my present theory worked out, I was not > formulating it as a new theory of information. > Reading and re-rereading (!) Shear and Chalmers was central to that. And > the fluid Reynolds number analogy which led me to see that I did indeed > have a genuine 'Double Aspect' information theory of just the right kind. > Alex > > On 8 July 2016 at 20:37, John Collier <colli...@ukzn.ac.za> wrote: > >> Comment inserted below yours. >> >> >> >> John Collier >> >> Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Associate >> >> University of KwaZulu-Natal >> >> <http://web.ncf.ca/collier>http://web.ncf.ca/collier >> >> >> >> *From:* Fis [mailto: <fis-boun...@listas.unizar.es> >> fis-boun...@listas.unizar.es] *On Behalf Of *Michel Godron >> *Sent:* Friday, 08 July 2016 4:52 PM >> *To:* email@example.com; <l...@leydesdorff.net>l...@leydesdorff.net >> *Subject:* Re: [Fis] Essential Core? >> >> >> >> My responses are in red >> >> Bien reçu votre message. MERCI. Cordialement. M. Godron >> >> Le 08/07/2016 à 14:42, Pedro C. Marijuan a écrit : >> >> Dear FIS Colleagues, >> >> Some brief responses to the different parties: >> >> Marcus: there were several sessions dealing with info physics, where I >> remember some historical connotations with mechanics emerged. Mostly 1998 >> and 2002 chaired by Koichiro Matsuno and 2004 by Michel Petitjean. >> Afterwards the theme has surfaced relatively often. About the present >> possibilities for a UTI, my opinion is that strictly remaining within >> Shannon's and anthropocentric discourse boundaries there is no way out. >> >> Yes, but it is not the same with Brillouin's information : I could send >> to you a text in French which gives a demonstration of the convergence >> between that information and thermodynamical neguentropy. Since twenty >> years, I did not find an english review which was interested by this >> problem, because I am biologist and the biological reviews were not >> interested. >> >> *[John Collier] I agree. I have read only an English translation of >> Science and Information Theory. I read it as an undergrad, and it has >> strongly influenced my views. It is unfortunate, I think, that it hasn’t >> influenced English speaking scientists much. I have also seen some bad >> misreadings of what he was saying.* >> >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Fis mailing list >> Fis@listas.unizar.es >> http://listas.unizar.es/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/fis >> >> > > > -- > Alex Hankey M.A. (Cantab.) 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