Dear FIS Colleagues,
For most of the time, I restrain myself from taking part in the FIS discussions - we speak different languages and adhere to different principles. My paper invited for publication in MDPI Informatics Special Issue: Selected Papers from the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015 has been declined for publication. (Never mind, it was published afterwards in the Research Gate repository https://www.researchgate.net/publication/291352419 ). In the concluding part of the paper I enumerate 8 topics in Neuroscience research that require immediate revision taking into consideration the new principles that follow from my definition of information. For example, that information is a material, palpable string of letters and linguistic signs, a piece of text, a textual description. That means that all derivatives of semantic information (thoughts, memories, feelings, and so on) are material entities ("Information as a thing" - once there was a fierce debate around this subject). Or, as Mark Burgin claims: "Now assuming that information exists, we have only one option, namely, to admit that information is physical because only physical things exist". (I do not use the term "physical", I distinguish Physical and Semantic Information. In place of Burgin's "physical" I prefer to use the term "material"). I would not remind you of our old controversies but recently UCLA researchers reported that they have transferred a memory from one marine snail to another (Biologists 'transfer' a memory, <https://medicalxpress.com/neuroscience-news/> Neuroscience , <https://medicalxpress.com/archive/14-05-2018/> May 14, 2018, University of California, Los Angeles, <https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-05-memory-snails.html> https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-05-memory-snails.html ). I hope that the UCLA finding will put an end to the question "Is information material (physical, in Burgin's inquiry)?" Yes, information is material. Other options do not exist. Best regards, Emanuel.
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