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The Causal-Compositional Concept of Information Part I. Elementary Theory: From Decompositional Physics to Compositional Information
Faculty of Computer Science, Technical University of Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany
Received: 9 February 2012; in revised form: 2 March 2012 / Accepted: 2 March 2012 / Published: 16 March 2012
Abstract: This first part of the study introduces an elementary concept of information. Our interest for newness, our curiosity in the new, will be considered as a main building block of information, and of reality itself. A typical definition of information (the reduction of uncertainty) needs to be fundamentally inverted: Information is a compositional activity, including the inconsistent, the paradox, the contradiction and the incoherent meaning. This study expands on the analysis of the composition of new structure (new macrophysical laws), and the analysis of the causality and causal state of such structures (“causally active symbols”). The classical, scientific-objective, passive understanding of information gives meaning to the fact that modern information technology does not by itself lead to an increase of human values. However, our social and moral stance is an informational one, and our informational, active conscious process holds the power to mediate and to enforce this process towards an enriched life. The indicator for such enrichment is given to us by information, and the knowledge about this process will feed us with energy to move towards an active spirit of ethics, and towards the information society. Part I of this study expands on the fundament basis and on our intrinsic responsibility to release the forces that are based on the active dimension of information. Those forces are required in order to reveal the so-called information society from its metaphorical character (Part II).
Keywords: causality; composition; information; semantics; information society
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Luhn, G. The Causal-Compositional Concept of Information Part I. Elementary Theory: From Decompositional Physics to Compositional Information. Information 2012, 3, 151-174.
Luhn G. The Causal-Compositional Concept of Information Part I. Elementary Theory: From Decompositional Physics to Compositional Information. Information. 2012; 3(1):151-174.
Luhn, Gerhard. 2012. "The Causal-Compositional Concept of Information Part I. Elementary Theory: From Decompositional Physics to Compositional Information." Information 3, no. 1: 151-174.