The Evolution of Meaning.

By: Wohlbier, Fred HSeries: Science-Meets-Philosophy ForumPublisher: Zurich : Trans Tech Publications, Limited, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Edition: 1st edDescription: 1 online resource (237 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783908158967Subject(s): Philosophy and science.;Philosophy and the life sciencesGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Evolution of MeaningDDC classification: 501.1092368 LOC classification: B67.W65 2013ebOnline resources: Click to View
Contents:
Intro -- The Tree of Nature -- Contents -- Acknowledgement -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. The Universe Consists of Information -- EPR and Non-Locality -- The Scientific Status of Information -- The Structure of Information Processing Events -- Factual Information -- Law-Like Information -- The Unity of Nature -- Four Categories of Events -- Chapter 2. Elementary Communicative Events. The Interaction of Two Electrons -- Causality and Explanation -- The Reality Status of the Laws of Nature -- At the Edge of Contradiction: Law and Freedom of Action -- Einstein, Heisenberg and Gödel -- The Emergence of Laws and Law-Like Information -- Emergence in Dynamic Systems -- Classification of Emerging Rules and Principles -- Chapter 3. Life Generates Meaning -- The Complexity of Living Organisms -- The Mechanisms of Evolution -- Biological Information -- What is Life? -- Cells, Multicellular Organisms and Social Entities -- Communication with the Environment -- Artificial Life -- The Logic of Life -- Chapter 4. Why Consciousness? -- Consciousness as a Subjective Process -- The ‚Miracle' of Consciousness -- The Visual System -- The Autobiographical Influence -- Consciousness in the Light of the General Information Cycle -- Why Consciousness? -- Mental Causation -- The ‚Internal Observer' -- The Conceptual Level -- The Category of Conscious Events -- Chapter 5. The Emergence of Objective Rationality -- The Evolution of Culture -- Intuition and Creativity -- Human Language -- The Socio-Cultural Meta-System -- Individual and Society -- Models of Co-Evolution of Socio-Cultural Systems -- Artificial Culture -- Socio-Cultural Rule Systems -- The Human Self -- Free Will -- Four Types of Emergence -- Chapter 6. A New View of the Universe. The Principal Parameters of Nature -- The Ontological Tree of Nature.
The Triadic Superstructure of the Tree of Nature -- The Three Types of Matter -- Spacetime, Law-Like Information and the Unity of Nature -- The Story of the Universe -- Where Is the Universe Heading? -- Veiled Reality -- Testable Predictions -- Notes -- Key Concepts and Definitions -- Commentary -- Index.
Summary: The Tree of Nature represents an IT-based approach to understanding Nature in the light of present-day scientific knowledge. The universe, in this view, consists of discrete entities; these are not material particles, however, but information processing events that produce observable changes in the world.The surprising result of this analysis is that the workings of Nature are based on a decision tree consisting of two dozen parameters. The tree is similar to the evolutionary phylogenetic system of the various forms of life, but it is far more fundamental; constituting, as it does, the very base of everything that exists.The overall conclusion is that the universe is steadily producing new information. Metaphorically speaking, it constitutes a self-unfolding story in which events do not pass away into non-existence but instead remain forever as an indelible part of the whole.
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Intro -- The Tree of Nature -- Contents -- Acknowledgement -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. The Universe Consists of Information -- EPR and Non-Locality -- The Scientific Status of Information -- The Structure of Information Processing Events -- Factual Information -- Law-Like Information -- The Unity of Nature -- Four Categories of Events -- Chapter 2. Elementary Communicative Events. The Interaction of Two Electrons -- Causality and Explanation -- The Reality Status of the Laws of Nature -- At the Edge of Contradiction: Law and Freedom of Action -- Einstein, Heisenberg and Gödel -- The Emergence of Laws and Law-Like Information -- Emergence in Dynamic Systems -- Classification of Emerging Rules and Principles -- Chapter 3. Life Generates Meaning -- The Complexity of Living Organisms -- The Mechanisms of Evolution -- Biological Information -- What is Life? -- Cells, Multicellular Organisms and Social Entities -- Communication with the Environment -- Artificial Life -- The Logic of Life -- Chapter 4. Why Consciousness? -- Consciousness as a Subjective Process -- The ‚Miracle' of Consciousness -- The Visual System -- The Autobiographical Influence -- Consciousness in the Light of the General Information Cycle -- Why Consciousness? -- Mental Causation -- The ‚Internal Observer' -- The Conceptual Level -- The Category of Conscious Events -- Chapter 5. The Emergence of Objective Rationality -- The Evolution of Culture -- Intuition and Creativity -- Human Language -- The Socio-Cultural Meta-System -- Individual and Society -- Models of Co-Evolution of Socio-Cultural Systems -- Artificial Culture -- Socio-Cultural Rule Systems -- The Human Self -- Free Will -- Four Types of Emergence -- Chapter 6. A New View of the Universe. The Principal Parameters of Nature -- The Ontological Tree of Nature.

The Triadic Superstructure of the Tree of Nature -- The Three Types of Matter -- Spacetime, Law-Like Information and the Unity of Nature -- The Story of the Universe -- Where Is the Universe Heading? -- Veiled Reality -- Testable Predictions -- Notes -- Key Concepts and Definitions -- Commentary -- Index.

The Tree of Nature represents an IT-based approach to understanding Nature in the light of present-day scientific knowledge. The universe, in this view, consists of discrete entities; these are not material particles, however, but information processing events that produce observable changes in the world.The surprising result of this analysis is that the workings of Nature are based on a decision tree consisting of two dozen parameters. The tree is similar to the evolutionary phylogenetic system of the various forms of life, but it is far more fundamental; constituting, as it does, the very base of everything that exists.The overall conclusion is that the universe is steadily producing new information. Metaphorically speaking, it constitutes a self-unfolding story in which events do not pass away into non-existence but instead remain forever as an indelible part of the whole.

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