- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Information1' during my Thesis research, as from end March 2018.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 29/03/2018 21:04:19): Information
- 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.
- Items that immediately come to mind include:-
- The transhumanists4 seem to assume that we are information, in that some of them imagine and hope that we5 will one day be able to be uploaded6 to a computer and dwell therein.
- Variants of Teletransportation7 assume that we can be converted to information, beamed up to our destination and reconstituted as the very same individual.
- Brain State Transfers8 are another variant on this theme.
- I don’t go along with any of this, adopting the animalist9 approach that we are essentially embodied in the one body we will ever have.
- I note in passing that Robert O. Doyle 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
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read10, include11 the following:-
- "Christian (Brian) - The Most Human Human: A Defence of Humanity in the Age of the Computer", Christian12
- "Dretske (Fred) - Knowledge and the Flow of Information: Preface", Dretske
- "Dretske (Fred) - Communication and Information", Dretske
- "Dretske (Fred) - A Semantic Theory of Information", Dretske
- "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun", Graziano
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Adriaans (Pieter) - Information", Adriaans
- "Andrews (Edgar) - Information, stupid! The origin of life", Andrews
- "Dretske (Fred) - Knowledge and the Flow of Information", Dretske
- "Gitt (Werner) - In the Beginning was Information", Gitt
- "Godfrey-Smith (Peter) & Sterelny (Kim) - Biological Information", Godfrey-Smith & Sterelny
- "Midgley (Mary) - Wisdom, Information & Wonder - What is Knowledge For?", Midgley
- "Penzias (Arno) - Ideas and Information", Penzias
- "Shannon (Claude) & Weaver (Warren) - The Mathematical Theory of Communication", Shannon & Weaver
- This is mostly a place-holder13.
- 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).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- 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.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- 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.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- 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.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
- See Chapter 11: “High Surprisal”.
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