[Fis] "A Priori" Modeling of Information

Krassimir Markov markov at foibg.com
Thu Jun 16 13:41:33 CEST 2016

Dear Marcus and FIS Colleagues,
Thank you very much for your great effort to develop useful knowledge about information phenomena.
For me, the FIS discussions are very interesting.
Unfortunately, I have no time to participate actively due to preparing ITHEA Int. Conferences, and especially, the GIT Int. Conference this year in July in Varna, Bulgaria..
After July 15, I shall be able to take part in this discussion if it still will be available.
I have many remarks and considerations which I want to share with you.
Friendly regards

From: Marcus Abundis 
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:53 PM
To: fis en listas.unizar.es 
Subject: [Fis] "A Priori" Modeling of Information

Thank you Pedro, and of course, thank you very much for your enduring efforts in moderating this site . . . 

Greetings to all,

This session covers the a priori modeling of information. It targets a “meaningful void” named by Shannon and Weaver (1949). As such, it seeks to frame a “theory of meaning” and a “unified theory of information” (UTI), two thorny issues. A priori models can help as they often focus on organizing principles. Also, a winning view should offer benefits that equal or surpass gains seen from Shannon’s (1948) earlier work. For example, firm notions of meaning and universality are key to founding a meaningful AI, and to addressing hurdles in quantum mechanics/computing and in material science (Aspuru-Guzik, 2015). 

An a priori effort starts with “what comes before information,” using analytic philosophy to frame core concepts, but it ends in a phenomenology of useful information – two often opposed views. The session thus entails divergent levels of analysis that may stir confusion. For example, disorder at one level implies a type of order at a different level (type theory, Bateson’s “differences themselves must be differentiated”), but framed by one system of thought. Thus, to help guide this session and to initiate group dialogue, a cursory model is offered. With the foregoing cautionary notes in mind, I invite you to join this FIS session: together we will see what unfolds. . . . .

The full version of this introductory text (1,600 words) is attached as a PDF, or can be downloaded at:

The central goal of this session is – from an "a priori" perspective – to name specific structural fundaments, and attempt some progress on modeling:
1. An UTI that reconciles/synthesizes the works of Shannon (entropy), Bateson (differences/distinctions), and Darwinian selection (e.g., Are these the correct starting points and how do we proceed?)
2. How "meaning" can be framed in a *fundamental* manner that makes sense within the diverse informational roles we now confront (minimizing "higher-order" debate, re Deacon's [from IS4IS] "keeping our levels straight")

I look forward to hearing your thoughts . . . 


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