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What Is Information? - (Electronic Mediations) by Peter Janich (Paperback)

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Originally published in German as Was ist Information? Kritik einer Legende in 2006, this book offers a theory of information, arguing that understanding of information is based in the broader history of scientific naturalism and the belief that science is a key aspect of the world. The author critiques this idea and philosophies of information in scientific fields and focuses on the legacy of the postwar invention of the information-concept in the context of communications engineering, as well as the ways the concept devloped with ideas in semiotics, evolutionary biology, and emergence theory. He offers a theory of information as social practice and a form of social exchange. He addresses the mythology of information; the naturalization of information as depending on developments in the natural sciences, math, and technology through the naturalization of natural sciences, the formalization of theory, and the mechanization of communication; the relationship to semiotics, cybernetics, and politics; and contemporary information concepts about the communications complex, the scientific understanding of information, and the ghost in the machine. He outlines the discourse on information, discussing the common practices of everyday speech and ordinary life, how communications are actions, the key foundational concepts of information theory and their language-philosophical components, and the role of technical systems that aim to substitute for human communication and the history of successful techniques for the modeling of natural processes. The introduction to the translation includes a summary of the author’s career. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 187
Genre: Science, Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Communication
Series Title: Electronic Mediations
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
Author: Peter Janich
Language: English
Street Date: March 6, 2018
TCIN: 53507580
UPC: 9781517900090
Item Number (DPCI): 248-76-1748
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