[Paleopsych] information inflation
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Sun Apr 24 13:47:09 UTC 2005
New ways of interpreting information increase the amount of information—and
of information’s consequences—in the cosmos. When photons from a distant
star hit the face of an empty planet, they mean just about nothing. Give that
planet 3.85 billion years or so to evolve star-gazers, mythmakes, and
astrology, and the information gleaned from the same photons goes up exponentially.
So do the number of decisions based on the distant star’s trickle of
Give the life-forms on that previously empty planet another few hundred
thousand years to evolve astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology, and the
information gleaned from the star’s photon trickle goes up by a factor of ten or
more. So do the decisions based on that photon drip.
Which means that the cosmos is not just inflating in physical space and
time. It’s not just expanding in the intricacy of its structures and its
processes. It’s also expanding in its information-content…and in its richness of
causes and effects.
New ways of seeing lead to new ways of being. And new ways of being lead to
new ways of seeing. Information chews on what information spews. And the
cosmos fattens as it grows.
Author of The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of
History and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the
Visiting Scholar-Graduate Psychology Department, New York University; Core
Faculty Member, The Graduate Institute
Founder: International Paleopsychology Project; founding board member: Epic
of Evolution Society; founding board member, The Darwin Project; founder: The
Big Bang Tango Media Lab; member: New York Academy of Sciences, American
Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Society,
Academy of Political Science, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, International
Society for Human Ethology; advisory board member: Youthactivism.org;
executive editor -- New Paradigm book series.
For information on The International Paleopsychology Project, see:
for two chapters from
The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History,
For information on Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big
Bang to the 21st Century, see www.howardbloom.net
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