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

2016-12-26 Thread Christophe
Dear Loet, You nicely illustrate the problem as a “hole“ in the center of the various perspectives. All these current and futures perspectives are indeed needed but it is true that “a general theory of information” remains terrribly challenging, precisely due to the sometimes orthogonal

[Fis] Fw: What is information? and What is life? Wisdom

2016-12-26 Thread Joseph Brenner
Dear FISers, There is 'something' in Terry's approach that I would like to refer to as wisdom. Wisdom need not be thought of as esoteric, but to describe at least one further level of recursive information processing in which, echoing Terry, absent properties are as essential as present ones.

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

2016-12-26 Thread Loet Leydesdorff
In this respect Loet comments: "In my opinion, the status of Shannon’s mathematical theory of information is different from special theories of information (e.g., biological ones) since the formal theory enables us to translate between these latter theories." We are essentially in