Re: Information

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Tue May 15 2001 - 09:12:05 BST

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    On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 02:33:07PM -0500, wrote:
    > On 14 May 2001, at 17:38, Robin Faichney wrote:
    > > Information is not a particular thing whose attributes
    > > cannot conflict with one another -- "information", on the other hand,
    > > is a word that can be, and is, used in various ways, some of which are
    > > quite different from each other. Communication theory, as that term
    > > is normally, consensually used, is about the fundamentals of
    > > communication: what's required *before* meaning can be conveyed.
    > >
    > And that which is being conveyed has SOME meaning to qualify as
    > INFORMation, plus it must be conveyed to someone in order to
    > INFORM.

    Your dogmatism is futile. Look up "information theory" and/or
    "communication theory" in any relevant reference work. For students in
    computing, telecoms and physics, this is first year stuff. You are *way*
    out of line. I didn't particularly like the fact that "information"
    is used in such counter-intuitive ways, when I first came across it,
    but I wasn't so stupid as to think I could change it.

    Robin Faichney
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