[Fis] TR: What is “Agent”?

2017-10-19 Thread Christophe Menant
Resent to FIS correct address De : Christophe Menant Envoyé : jeudi 19 octobre 2017 11:15 À : is Cc : Krassimir Markov Objet : RE: [Fis] What is “Agent”? Dear FIS colleagues, Looking at defining agency is an interesting subject, somehow close to information

Re: [Fis] Verification of the Principle of Information Science and the Definition of Information ON THE EXAMPLE OF GARDEN PEAS

2017-10-19 Thread Karl Javorszky
Dear Professor, your rightful indignation will be even deeper when you consider that the official important and valuable discussion among the most prominent and recognised eminent functionaries of highly respected institutions has been repeatedly disturbed by boring patterns of observations

[Fis] Verification of the Principle of Information Science and the Definition of Information

2017-10-19 Thread Xueshan Yan
Dear FIS Colleagues, Since April 2017, the FIS forum has been silent for as long as 5 months. September 15, Pedro has raised 10 Principles of Information Science with his amazing insight. As we all know, since the December 1997, FIS forum has run nearly 20 years, colleagues gathered here

Re: [Fis] Verification of the Principle of Information Science

2017-10-19 Thread Pedro C. Marijuan
Dear All, After Xueshan clarion call, I partially change what I was writing. Of course I have to thank him for his support of the 10 principles. Actually, in connection with the recent exchanges, particularly with Gordana's and John (Torday) posts, I was working in some ideas further related

Re: [Fis] What is “Agent”?

2017-10-19 Thread Stanley N Salthe
Here is an interesting recent treatment of autonomy. Alvaro Moreno and Matteo Mossio: Biological Autonomy: A Philosophical and Theoretical Enquiry (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences 12); Springer, Dordrecht, 2015, xxxiv + 221 pp., $129 hbk, ISBN 978-94-017-9836-5 STAN On

[Fis] Fwd: Re: Verification of the Principle of Information Science--John Torday

2017-10-19 Thread Pedro C. Marijuan
(Message from John Torday --Note: neither the list nor the server do accept attachments) Mensaje reenviado Asunto: Re: [Fis] Verification of the Principle of Information Science Fecha: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:45:07 -0700 De: JOHN TORDAY Para:

Re: [Fis] What is “Agent”?

2017-10-19 Thread Terrence W. DEACON
AUTONOMOUS AGENCY: The definition I propose for autonomous agency It is open to challenge. Of course, there are many ways that we use the term 'agent' in more general and metaphoric ways. I am, however, interested in the more fundamental conception that these derived uses stem from. I do not claim

Re: [Fis] What is “Agent”?

2017-10-19 Thread Terrence W. DEACON
AN AUTONOMOUS AGENT IS A DYNAMICAL SYSTEM ORGANIZED TO BE CAPABLE OF INITIATING PHYSICAL WORK TO FURTHER PRESERVE THIS SAME CAPACITY IN THE CONTEXT OF INCESSANT EXTRINSIC AND/OR INTRINSIC TENDENCIES FOR THIS SYSTEM CAPACITY TO DEGRADE. THIS ENTAILS A CAPACITY TO ORGANIZE WORK THAT IS

Re: [Fis] Fwd: Re: Verification of the Principle of Information Science--John Torday

2017-10-19 Thread Mark Johnson
I was thinking that these words from A.N. Whitehead's "Science and the modern world" (1926) are highly relevant to our discussions: "When you are criticising the philosophy of an epoch do not chiefly direct your attention to those intellectual positions which its exponents feel it necessary

Re: [Fis] What is “Agent”?

2017-10-19 Thread Bob Logan
Dear Terry and FIS friends - I agree with all that Terry has said about agency. I do wish to however to point out that an agent has choice and a non-agent has no choice. I would suggest that the defining characteristic of an agent is choice and therefore an agent must be a living organism and