Re: [Fis] What is information? and What is life?

2016-12-23 Thread Loet Leydesdorff
Dear Terrence and colleagues, I agree that we should not be fundamentalistic about “information”. For example, one can also use “uncertainty” as an alternative word to Shannon-type “information”. One can also make distinctions other than semantic/syntactic/pragmatic, such as biological

Re: [Fis] Fis Digest, Vol 33, Issue 41: On the relation between information and meaning

2016-12-23 Thread Louis H Kauffman
Dear Steve, You write "But in later years he eventually recognized that the possibility of relating propositions in language to facts concerning the world could not in itself be proved. Without proof, the house of cards collapses. Once the validity of using language to describe the world ini a

Re: [Fis] Fis Digest, Vol 33, Issue 41: On the relation between information and meaning

2016-12-23 Thread steven bindeman
I would like to contribute to the current ongoing discussion regarding the relation between information and meaning. I agree with Dai Griffiths and others that the term information is a problematic construction. Since it is often used as an example of fitting the details of a specific worldly

[Fis] Season Greetings

2016-12-23 Thread Pedro C. Marijuan
Dear FIS Colleagues, As is customary in this list, let me wish all of you Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Herewith a Nativity Scene taken from "El Pilar" Cathedral in Zaragozal. As is customary too, the NEW YEAR LECTURE will be announced in a few days. All the best--Pedro NATIVITY SCENE