Special Issue "Information: Its Different Modes and Its Relation to Meaning"
A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2012)
Prof. Dr. Robert K. Logan
1 University of Toronto, Physics
2Strategic Innovation Laboratory, OCAD University
3 Origins Institute, McMaster University
4University of St. Michael's College; Mailing address: Department of Physics, 60 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 1A7, Canada
Interests: information theory; media ecology; linguistics; emergence and complexity theory; systems biology; industrial design; knowledge management; computer applications in education; science education
The objective of the special issue entitled "Information: Its Different Modes and its Relation to Meaning" is to explore the nature of information in the wide variety of forms that it takes and answers the following questions:
What is information?
Does the nature of information change depending on the context in which it is employed? For example is the information stored in DNA or on a computer the same?
Is there a difference between symbolic information like that stored in a book or on a computer and DNA which is not symbolic of RNA but catalyzes its production?
What is the relationship of information to the medium in which it is stored or instantiated?
What is the relation of information to any of the following, i.e. to meaning, to data, to knowledge, to wisdom, to science, to physics, to chemistry, to biology, to medicine, to neurophysiology, to neural networks, to psychology, to psychiatry, to evolution, to mathematics, to philosophy, to technology, to computers, to engineering, to design, to economics, to complexity, to chaos, to emergence, to commerce, to business, to knowledge management, to culture, to history, to art, to music, to the sender, to the receiver, to the channel, to systems theory, to cybernetics, to ontology, to epistemology, to consciousness, and to x where x is some other topic of interest to you.
What role did the concept of or role of information play in the work of some scholar such as Shannon, Weaver, Kolmogorov, Chaitin, McLuhan, Innis, Plato, Aristotle, Newton, Freud, Jung, Kant, Descarte, Russell, Whitehead, Pierce, Bateson, Turing, Gödel, von Neumann or any other scholar of interest to you?
If you are interested in being part of this project please let me know as soon as possible for planning purposes. Email me at Bob Logan firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for a letter of intent will be February 3, 2012. The deadline for an abstract will be March 1 with a deadline of July 6, 2012 for the final article once the abstract has been accepted.
Prof. Dr. Robert K. Logan