Chapter

The Nature of Information

in Holding On to Reality

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780226066257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066226 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.003.0003
The Nature of Information

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The nature of information is usually known as instructive information because in its original and central sense it teaches about what is remote in space or time. Instructive information is not a carrier that brings a distant thing closer and for information to work in such a way there have to be signs, objects of some sort that are about something, objects whose function is reference rather than presence. Thus, information has to be a relation of at least four terms, that is, a PERSON is informed by a SIGN about some THING within a certain CONTEXT. Part of the cultural context is the nature of syllabic writing, the conventions of pictographic writing and the writings of inflected language; part of the natural context is the location of towns and harbor.

Keywords: nature; information; instructive information; person; sign; thing; context

Chapter.  2654 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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