From: Grant Callaghan (email@example.com)
Date: Sun 02 Feb 2003 - 16:27:35 GMT
That's true for information encoded in 1s and 0s, but how many bits are
in a codon? Information can be passed in units other than bits, as it is in
language. Language can be translated into bits, but that is not the primary
unit of structure in language. There is no reason why it should be so in
memes which are encoded in language. What is the basic unit of transfer in
imitation or art? Is a statue, for example, composed of bits? Or an idea?
What about facial expressions and body language? Information comes in many
forms and can be transmitted in whole units (pictures, actions, tools,
etc.,) and many formats.
It doesn't matter. Just like everything material is made out of atoms,
everything informational can be measured in bits. This is fundamental.
The information contained in a statue or painting or much of anything else
is not measured in the numbert of atoms it contains. You can't say a big
statue contains more information than a small statue. Especially if one is
a copy of the other. Or perhaps we should first agree on what you mean by
information. I see it as what is being transfered from one human being to
another. You may see it as anything that can be analyzed and some
information discovered about it. But most of that information would not be
memetic because it was not transfered from one mind to another. Of course,
if you write a paper about that information, then it would become memetic.
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