re: cognitive biology vs computational biology.
may i suggest that you add yet one more approach to the list: linguistic
biology. per the work of Guenther Witzany. also reflected in my book The
God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates.
each approach uses a helpful metaphor. no one
In a message dated 9/11/2015 8:15:48 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Dear Steven and FIS colleagues,
Many thanks for this opening text. What you are proposing about a pretty
structured discussion looks a good idea, although it will have to
re: it is likely to be problematic to use language as the paradigm model
for all communication--Terrence Deacon
Terry makes interesting points, but I think on this one, he may be wrong.
Guenther Witzany is on to something. our previous approaches to
information have been what Barbara
thanks for an extraordinary answer. riddled with extraordinary knowledge.
I've just bought your book from Amazon and it should be in my kindle
momentarily. if you'd like a copy of mine--The God Problem: How a Godless
Cosmos Creates--i can email it to you. and to anyone else on
The Force of History--Howard Bloom
In 1995, I published my first book, The Lucifer Principle: a Scientific
Expedition Into the Forces of history. It sold roughly 140,000 copies
worldwide and is still selling. Some people call it their Bible. Others say
that it was the book that
good commentary, pedro.
where do compassion and love--the archangel principle--fit into the
lucifer principle? and why have groups progressed in complexity since the end
of the last ice age eleven thousand years ago?
to form a superorganism, a cohesive group, you need huge amounts of
re: Do we need a new interpretation of history, info based?
hb: we definitely need a few new tools with which to see the patterns of
history. whether those patterns are informational or not, I'm not sure. I
lean toward the tools you cite, the ones emerging from biology.
the big question for FIS is this: do quarks communicate? and can their
communications be called informational?
are quarks more than just the first bits of matter in the cosmos? are
they also the first socializers? the first team-makers?
your list of disciplines that information theory needs to ponder is
brilliant--active matter, coupled oscillators, pharmacology, physiology, and
to go back to the abiotic universe for a moment:
here's one implication of the theory of a communicative cosmos
Otto, an interesting call, for a theory that brings together the brute
force of an abiotic universe and information.
Here's a short timeline that pulls the brute force elements together as
The evolution of information, sociality, social structure, and the
First, a few responses. I agree with Hans von Baeyer. Pedro’s kindness is
I agree with Gyorgy Darvas that quarks communicate.
I also agree with Jerry Chandler. Brute force is not the major mover of
history. Values and virtues count. A lot. In fact, a culture organizes
i'm swamped but i will do my best to help.
with warmth and oomph--howard
author of : The Lucifer Principle: AScientific Expedition Into the Forces
of History ("mesmerizing"-TheWashington Post), Global Brain: The Evolution
of Mass Mind from the Big
fascinating thinking, pedro.
it triggers this:
The stages of development are far more than real-world problem solvers.
They set artificial challenges, then achieve them. Making a caterpillar that
works is an enormously complex challenge. Making a working butterfly
brilliant summation, Pedro.
we are missing the metaphors with which to explain the difference between
death and life or between smart communities like bacterial colonies and
in The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates, i tell the tale of the
origin of the term
mind to mind experiments have been done in the field of brain-machine
interface since 2014.
author of : The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific
may all of us information theory enthusiasts have a merry xmas and a new
year of health, wealth, and insight.
with warmth and oomph--howard
author of : The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces
of History ("mesmerizing"-The
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