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Proceedings 2017, 1(3), 155; doi:10.3390/IS4SI-2017-03990

Why Transdisciplinary Framework Is Necessary for Information Studies?

Department of Philosophy, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210008, China
Presented at the IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12–16 June 2017.
Published: 9 June 2017
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Abstract

Information studies pursuing a unified theory of information are now trapped in dilemmas because of the hard problems of information, which involve purpose, function, referen, value, etc. Pan-informationalism takes information for granted and considers it as a basic property of the cosmos or being priori to physical properties. It avoids rather than solves the problem. The mainstream of information studies takes the position of methodological reductionism that reducing information to a property that can be quantitatively measured. It is helpful but leaves something essential behind. Transdisciplinary approach takes information as a phenomenon has multiple levels and dimensions that cannot be reduced to but complementary to each other. Analogous to principle of complementarity in quantum mechanics, every level and dimension of information cannot be mathematically transformed to each other but are necessary for explaining information. The shifts between different levels and dimensions are not transformation in mathematic sense but perspective conversion like Gestalt switch. They constitute of ecology of information together. In this spirit, Brier’s cybersemiotics and Deacon’s theory nested hierarchy of information basing on emergent dynamics give us insightful framework to investigate information.
Keywords: information; unified theory of information; pan-informationalism; methodological reductionism; transdisciplinary framework; principle of complementarity; perspective conversion; ecology information; unified theory of information; pan-informationalism; methodological reductionism; transdisciplinary framework; principle of complementarity; perspective conversion; ecology
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