[Paleopsych] information inflation
isaacsonj at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 24 15:58:21 UTC 2005
You echo below certain aspects of Eshel's 3rd principle. Increased
living systems allows for detection of (latent) higher-level complexity both
within and without.
And this is an ongoing, recursive/dialectical process. -- Joel
PS For reference, here is Eshel's 3rd principle.
"3. The principle of matched complexity. The system needs an internal level
of complexity which is sufficiently high in order to extract latent
information from the external complexity.
I view this matched complexity principle the driving force of evolution that
explain the ever increasing level of complexity. In a nutshell the idea is:
A single bacterium needs some level of complexity to detect the complexity
of the surrounding environment and over the time window between replication.
To glean more information the bacteria form cooperative behaviour and
generate complex colonies. However for that each individual bacterium needs
a higher level of internal complexity for communication and to cope with its
external environment which is now has higher level of complexity - the
environment becomes both the outside and the rest of the colony. To solve
the paradox self-organization leads to the formation of functional modules
and spatio-temporal patterns. And than .. (for next time)."
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>New ways of interpreting information increase the amount of
>of informationâs consequencesâin the cosmos. When photons from a
>star hit the face of an empty planet, they mean just about nothing. Give
>planet 3.85 billion years or so to evolve star-gazers, mythmakes, and
>astrology, and the information gleaned from the same photons goes up
> So do the number of decisions based on the distant starâs 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 starâs 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. Itâs not just expanding in the intricacy of its structures and
>processes. Itâs also expanding in its information-contentâ¦and in its
>causes and effects.
>New ways of seeing lead to new ways of being. And new ways of being lead
>new ways of seeing. Information chews on what information spews. And the
>cosmos fattens as it grows.
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