Category: Informatics

Is information the basic substance of the universe after all?

But information is fundamentally relational, so is this Scientific American article saying that the basic substance of the universe is information? Or … or what? more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Four, Pragmatic information: Conclusion

a maximally informative representation would be the sort found in a name mapped onto a particular identity appearing throughout a faithfully reported true narrative. more

Darwin sure plays a mean pin ball?

Interview with computer engineer Robert Marks II more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Three on the true cost of a successful search—Conservation of information

Conservation of Information: The amount of information exhibited by the search in locating a target can never exceed the amount of information inputted in its construction. more

ID friendly tech guru George Gilder on his “information theory of capitalism”

“And essentially what I do is take Claude Shannon’s theory and apply it not to transmission of information across wires and across the electromagnetic spectrum and wireless devices, but across the world, entrepreneurial ideas” more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Three, Dembski, Ewert, and Marks on the true cost of a successful search

Conservation of information shows that information, like money, obeys strict accounting principles. more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—New definition of information proposed: Universal Information

“A symbolically encoded, abstractly represented message conveying the expected action and the intended purpose.” more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Is a new definition of information needed for biology?

“Unfortunately, all of these traditional definitions lack aspects that even non-specialists recognize as being essential attributes of information.” more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Can you answer these conundrums about information?

“Information is information, neither matter nor energy.” But then the puzzles start. more

Cornell Origin of Biological Information papers now on line

“The Editors are extremely grateful to WS [the publisher, World Scientific] for their commitment to academic freedom and fair play.” more

Physicist David Snoke on why self-organization doesn’t work

A huge difficulty for Darwin’s defenders is the difference between “order” and “information.” more

Calling Nick Matzke’s Bluff

In the comments of this UD post from yesterday, (comment #21) I referred to Nick Matzke’s rant over at the Panda’s Thumb yesterday as yet another illustration of the double standard’s Matzke’s has when it comes to his critiques of anyone who dares challenge Darwinian Orthodoxy.  In my comments yesterday, I gave an example of […] more

Cornell Conference on Biological Information: Proceedings Now Available

Denyse O’Leary posted an announcement of what looks like an interesting conference proceedings: http://tbsblog.thebestschools.org/how-does-life-incorporate-information According to Denyse, the folks at the Panda’s Thumb tried to bury these proceedings but failed. more

Artificial Intelligence or intelligent artifices?

The so called “strong Artificial Intelligence” (AI) has some relations with evolutionism because both imply a “more” coming from a “less” and both are products of a materialist reductionist worldview. In evolutionism they believe that life arises from non life, and, similarly, in AI they believe that the intelligent comes from the non intelligent, that […] more

ID Foundations, 17a: Footnotes on Conservation of Information, search across a space of possibilities, Active Information, Universal Plausibility/ Probability Bounds, guided search, drifting/ growing target zones/ islands of function, Kolmogorov complexity, etc.

(previous, here) There has been a recent flurry of web commentary on design theory concepts linked to the concept of functionally specific, complex organisation and/or associated information (FSCO/I) introduced across the 1970′s into the 1980′s  by Orgel and Wicken et al. (As is documented here.) This flurry seems to be connected to the announcement of […] more

When does the Programmer install the software?

A thing that evolutionists wrongly consider a serious problem for the creation/ID worldview is the “multiple acts of creation” or – in ID terms – “multiple insertions of information” in time. Here I will argue to show that this is a false problem, or – better said – is a problem that in no way […] more

For Record: A clarifying note on [Gibbs and Shannon] entropy, information, FSCO/I and the 747 built by a tornado in a junkyard vs the 747 torn apart by one

Over the past several days, there has been considerable debate at UD on thermodynamics, information, order vs disorder etc. In a clarifying note to Mung (who was in turn responding to Sal C) I have commented as follows. (My note also follows up from an earlier note that was put up early in the life […] more

A Designed Object’s Entropy Must Increase for Its Design Complexity to Increase – Part 2

In order for a biological system to have more biological complexity, it often requires a substantial increase in thermodynamic entropy, not a reduction of it, contrary to many intuitions among creationists and IDists. This essay is part II of a series that began with Part 1 The physicist Fred Hoyle famously said: The chance that […] more

A Designed Object’s Entropy Must Increase for Its Design Complexity to Increase – Part 1

The common belief is that adding disorder to a designed object will destroy the design (like a tornado passing through a city, to paraphrase Hoyle). Now if increasing entropy implies increasing disorder, creationists will often reason that “increasing entropy of an object will tend to destroy its design”. This essay will argue mathematically that this […] more

“Conservation of Information Made Simple” at ENV

Evolution News & Views just posted a long article I wrote on conservation of information. EXCERPT: “In this article, I’m going to follow the example of these books, laying out as simply and clearly as I can what conservation of information is and why it poses a challenge to conventional evolutionary thinking. I’ll break this […] more

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