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Control Information: The Missing Element in Norbert Wiener's Cybernetic Paradigm?

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226116136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226116334.003.0015
Control Information: The Missing Element in Norbert Wiener's Cybernetic Paradigm?

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This chapter proposes the concept of control information relevant to biological evolution. Control information is an attribute of the relationships between things and is defined as the capacity to control the acquisition, disposition, and utilization of matter/energy in purposive or cybernetic processes. This chapter highlights the lack of functional definition of information in Norbert Wiener's cybernetic paradigm and the inability of Shannon information to measure directly the role of information in cybernetic processes.

Keywords: control information; biological evolution; cybernetic process; Norbert Wiener; Shannon information; functional definition

Chapter.  6470 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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