<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Information (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23337.htm">Thesis - Information</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23337.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1264.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1264.htm">Information</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from end March 2018. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23337_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23337_2"></A></u> (as at 29/03/2018 21:04:19): Information</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23337_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23337_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>Information Theory is an important topic in its own right, but I m only interested here in it as far as it informs my Thesis on Personal Identity. </li><li>Items that immediately come to mind include:- <ol type="a"><li>The <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_939.htm">transhumanists</A><SUP>4</SUP> seem to assume that we are information, in that some of them imagine and hope that <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_734.htm">we</A><SUP>5</SUP> will one day be able to be <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1246.htm">uploaded</A><SUP>6</SUP> to a computer and dwell therein. </li><li>Variants of <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_46.htm">Teletransportation</A><SUP>7</SUP> assume that we can be converted to information, beamed up to our destination and reconstituted as the very same individual. </li><li><a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_48.htm">Brain State Transfers</A><SUP>8</SUP> are another variant on this theme. </li></ol></li><li>I don t go along with any of this, adopting the <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalist</A><SUP>9</SUP> approach that we are essentially embodied in the one body we will ever have. </li><li>I note in passing that <a name="16"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Doyle (Robert O.).htm">Robert O. Doyle</A> styles himself  The Information Philosopher and argues that information is at the root of, and the solution to, all philosophical ills. I have my doubts, but haven t seriously engaged yet with what he has to say </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23337_10">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>10</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23337_10"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23337_11">include</A></U><SUB>11</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23337_11"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5744.htm">Christian (Brian) - The Most Human Human: A Defence of Humanity in the Age of the Computer</A>", <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23337_12">Christian</A></U><SUB>12</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23337_12"></A></li><li><a name="9"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_08/Abstract_8255.htm">Dretske (Fred) - Knowledge and the Flow of Information: Preface</A>", Dretske</li><li><a name="10"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_08/Abstract_8257.htm">Dretske (Fred) - Communication and Information</A>", Dretske</li><li><a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_08/Abstract_8263.htm">Dretske (Fred) - A Semantic Theory of Information</A>", Dretske</li><li><a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22232.htm">Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun</A>", Graziano</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23338.htm">Adriaans (Pieter) - Information</A>", Adriaans </li><li><a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18149.htm">Andrews (Edgar) - Information, stupid! The origin of life</A>", Andrews</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_297.htm">Dretske (Fred) - Knowledge and the Flow of Information</A>", Dretske</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_641.htm">Gitt (Werner) - In the Beginning was Information</A>", Gitt</li><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23339.htm">Godfrey-Smith (Peter) & Sterelny (Kim) - Biological Information</A>", Godfrey-Smith & Sterelny</li><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_911.htm">Midgley (Mary) - Wisdom, Information & Wonder - What is Knowledge For?</A>", Midgley</li><li><a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_780.htm">Penzias (Arno) - Ideas and Information</A>", Penzias</li><li><a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_254.htm">Shannon (Claude) & Weaver (Warren) - The Mathematical Theory of Communication</A>", Shannon & Weaver</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>13</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P23337_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23337_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (29/03/2018 21:04:19). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1264.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P23337_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23337_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P23337_10"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23337_10"><B>Footnote 10</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P23337_11"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23337_11"><B>Footnote 11</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P23337_12"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23337_12"><B>Footnote 12</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>See Chapter 11:  High Surprisal . </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-13T13:20" pubdate>13/08/2018 13:20:51</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>