I have heartily welcomed Pedro's initiative to work out some principles of information definition quest. But the upsetting discussion unrolled around the issue pushes me to restrain my support for the Pedro's proposal. The problem (in my understanding) is that FIS discussants are violating the basic rule of any scientific discourse - the IF/THEN principle. We usually start our discourse with a hypothetic assumption (the IF part of an argument) which is affirmed later by a supporting evidence or by a prediction that holds under the given assumptions (the THEN part of the statement). The universality of this principle was vividly demonstrated by the recent Nobel Prize for Physics awarding - A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein has predicted the existence of gravitational waves, but only the construction of the LIGO detector (implementing the if-then principles) made the observation of gravitational waves possible. Information will become visible and palpable only when an if-then grounded probe (or an if-then grounded approach) will be devised and put in use. Until then - long citations from Aristotle, Plato, Ortega, Leibnitz, alongside with extensive self-citations, will not help us to master the unavoidable if-then way of thinking. Sincerely yours, Emanuel.
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