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Information 2012, 3(3), 472-503; doi:10.3390/info3030472
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Emergence and Evolution of Meaning: The General Definition of Information (GDI) Revisiting Program—Part I: The Progressive Perspective: Top-Down

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Received: 15 June 2012; in revised form: 28 July 2012 / Accepted: 31 July 2012 / Published: 19 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from "FIS 2010 Beijing")
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Abstract: In this first part of the paper, the category of meaning is traced starting from the origin of the Universe itself as well as its very grounding in pre-geometry (the second part deals with an appropriate bottom-up approach). In contrast to many former approaches in the theories of information and also in biosemiotics, we will show that the forms of meaning emerge simultaneously (alongside) with information and energy. Hence, information can be visualized as being always meaningful (in a sense to be explicated) rather than visualizing meaning as a later specification of information within social systems only. This perspective taken has two immediate consequences: (1) We follow the GDI as defined by Floridi, though we modify it somehow as to the aspect of truthfulness. (2) We can conceptually solve Capurro’s trilemma. Hence, what we actually do is to follow the strict (i.e., optimistic) line of UTI in the sense of Hofkirchner’s. While doing this, we treat energy and information as two different categorial aspects of one and the same underlying primordial structure. We thus demonstrate the presently developing convergence of physics, biology, and computer science (as well as the various theories of information) in some detail and draft out a line of argument eventually leading up to the further unification of UTI and biosemiotics.
Keywords: philosophy of information; Unified Theory of Information; meaning; quantum gravity philosophy of information; Unified Theory of Information; meaning; quantum gravity
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Zimmermann, R.E.; Díaz Nafría, J.M. Emergence and Evolution of Meaning: The General Definition of Information (GDI) Revisiting Program—Part I: The Progressive Perspective: Top-Down. Information 2012, 3, 472-503.

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Zimmermann RE, Díaz Nafría JM. Emergence and Evolution of Meaning: The General Definition of Information (GDI) Revisiting Program—Part I: The Progressive Perspective: Top-Down. Information. 2012; 3(3):472-503.

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Zimmermann, Rainer E.; Díaz Nafría, José M. 2012. "Emergence and Evolution of Meaning: The General Definition of Information (GDI) Revisiting Program—Part I: The Progressive Perspective: Top-Down." Information 3, no. 3: 472-503.


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