Cf: Inquiry Into Inquiry • Discussion 6
Re: Mathstodon • Nicole Rust
Computations or Processes —
How do you think about the building blocks of the brain?
I keep coming back to this thread about levels, along with others
on the related issue of paradigms, as those have long been major
questions for me. I am trying to clarify my current understanding
for a blog post. It will start out a bit like this —
A certain amount of “level” language is natural in the sciences
but “level” metaphors come with hidden assumptions about higher and
lower places in hierarchies which don't always fit the case at hand.
In complex cases what look at first like parallel strata may in time
be better comprehended as intersecting domains or mutually recursive
and entangled orders of being. When that happens we can guard against
misleading imagery by speaking of domains or realms instead of levels.
To be continued …
Survey of Pragmatic Semiotic Information • 7
This is a Survey of blog and wiki posts on a concept of information
as it develops out of pragmatic semiotic ideas. All my projects are
exploratory in character but this line of inquiry is more open‑ended
than most. The question is —
• What is information and how does it impact
the spectrum of activities answering to the
name of inquiry?
Setting out on what would become his lifelong quest to explore
and explain the “Logic of Science”, C.S. Peirce pierced the veil
of historical confusions obscuring the issue and fixed on what he
called the “laws of information” as the key to solving the puzzle.
The first hints of the Information Revolution in our understanding
of scientific inquiry may be traced to Peirce's lectures of 1865–1866
at Harvard University and the Lowell Institute. There Peirce took up
“the puzzle of the validity of scientific inference” and claimed it
was “entirely removed by a consideration of the laws of information”.
Fast forward to the present and I see the Big Question as follows.
Having gone through the exercise of comparing and contrasting Peirce's
theory of information, however much it yet remains in a rough‑hewn state,
with Shannon's paradigm so pervasively informing the ongoing revolution
in our understanding and use of information, I have reason to believe
Peirce's idea is root and branch more general and has the potential,
with due development, to resolve many mysteries still bedeviling our
grasp of inference, information, and inquiry.
Pragmatic Semiotic Information • Ψ
I remember it was back in ’76 when I began to notice a subtle shift of
focus in the computer science journals I was reading, from discussing X
to discussing “Information About X”, or X → Info(X) as I came to notate
the transformation. I suppose that small arc of revolution had been
building for years but it struck me as crossing a threshold to a more
explicit, self‑conscious stage about that time.